Increase RAM

Started May 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP Nikoni Contributing Member • Posts: 594
Re: Increase RAM

Nikoni wrote:

Nikoni wrote:
Thanks for your reply, it is to increase memory allocation or photoshop, I started doing panoramas, when I stitch them in PS CS6 it stops nd says not enogh RAM...etc memory.

So if you know how would you  advise me please

Jim is asking the right questions regarding your OS (32 vs. 64) and the amount of RAM already installed in your machine. If you have a 64 bit OS and plenty of installed RAM, then adjust your memory allocation as Robert explained.

Pano work can absolutely use huge amounts of RAM. Some people have 64GB installed and still hit the scratch file.


Thanks Shan you have been absolutely brilliant,
I've got 32bits and Ram 4GB

If you have a 32 bit version of Windows, then Photoshop will only use around 1.7GB of it, no matter how much you have installed.

For that matter, even Windows itself will only be able to use around 3.2GB of the 4GB you have installed (but, a 32 bit version of Photoshop won't use more than 1.7GB of it).

in other words, only around 3.2GB of the 4GB of memory you have installed is being used by a 32 bit version of Windows, and Photoshop is only going to use 1.7GB of it.

That's just a limitation of a 32 bit Operating System and the way the 32 Bit version of CS6 works.   You need to go with 64 bit versions for Photoshop to be able to use more of the memory you have installed for memory intensive tasks like stitching panoramas.

For starters, you need to upgrade to a 64 Bit Operating System.  That way, Photoshop can use more than 1.7GB of the memory you have installed

I'd suggest installing 64 Bit Windows 7 for starters.   Here in the U.S., you can find an OEM version of 64 Bit Windows 7 for less than $100.

Chances are, that will give you around 1GB more for CS6 (as 64 Bit Win 7 will probably take around 1GB of the 4GB you have installed, allowing close to 3GB for Photoshop use (versus the 1.7GB maximum that CS6 will use with a 32 Bit Operating System).

Then, depending on the performance you get after installing a 64 bit Operating System (for example, 64 Bit Windows 7 or 64 Bit Windows 8), consider upgrading to more memory in your PC, too.    I'd give more details on the PC you have for better responses (brand/model, etc.).

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Hi Jim
Wow, Just reading your explanation of the whole OS
--made my head spin, obviously I know very little about computers as you may have gathered.

So upgrading to 64 requires lots of work as well as money, so probably buying a new PC will save me time at least and not cause me any headache

Thanks again Jim, I should think of what is my next step then, buying or upgrading?

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