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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?



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

route read
sel 1

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.


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

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