Menumeters & loadram


    Feb 10 2006 | 4:17 pm
    Hi all,
    I've been working for a while with the loadram messages to relief and preserve my HD, great function.
    But now I'm optimizing and checking memory usage and such. But the strangest thing happens. I don't see the memory being used up. Per movie of about 100MB i get a 2 mb increase in usage of my memory.
    Do I misinterpret the usage of loadram or is something else the case here?
    Thnx,
    M

    • Feb 10 2006 | 4:42 pm
      Hi Maarten,
      are you using asyncread or preroll ?
      "Note: use of asyncread and preroll unloads any sections of the current movie loaded into RAM using the loadram method."
      grt T_
    • Feb 10 2006 | 5:05 pm
      I'm using normal load, with a
      read | qt.movie | route read | iter | sel 1 | loadram |
      Build that when the function became available. He doesn't call the HD when I play the movie, but he doesn't seem to use the ram either.
      On apple (quad or powerbook g4)
    • Feb 11 2006 | 10:33 am
      So is it an error that loadram doesn't officially uses up the ram or do you think it is a flaw in menumeters?
    • Feb 11 2006 | 11:51 am
      Just testing this, loadram appears to be working fine on my machine. I don't know what menumeters is, what os it runs on, and so on. On my OSX 10.4.4 machine, running "top" using loadram on a 100MB Mpeg-4 movie increases system ram usage by a little more than 100MB. You haven't offered any info as to what kind of media you're using, so it's hard to give you better information.
      jb
    • Feb 11 2006 | 1:16 pm
      Owh I'm sorry. In my mac user environment everyone uses menumeters.
      Menumeters is a program which resides in the menubar, just like Activity monitor, but it is a bit more aesthetic and more easy to access. I can monitor my CPU percentage, free and used memory and up and download KB/s, also the write and read messages of my HD.
      I work on OSx 10.4.4 (Powerbook G4) And a Guad G5, also 10.4.4
      When I loadram a qt movie, my menumeters used memory increases by only 2 mb where the movie is 100mb. I also know loadram works fine because during the playing of my movies my HD doesn't read continuously (or not at all). I was just wondering what the difference was in storing the movies to memory because my used memory doesn't increase.
      This seems to be a problem with menumeters, because I just tested it again and now it does work on my powerbook but not an my quad.
      menumeters is opensource and can be downloaded here http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/