my laptop's specs
its a dell inspiron 1501 with amd turion dual core 64 bit, 1 gb ram and 120 gb. it has *VL-5.8 final* in single boot with kde primarily being used.
missed the SOHO. but i think in the long run, a better workaround is to show the VL version on the left pane under my screen name. i mean problems and queries arise more times than the no. of times one would change distros. and having to remember to cat the version file everytime one writes a post is...well i still managed to write 5.8 final
no flash used.
i should try sync. can i cron it to do so occassionally.
the way i observe my system i am hoping to show you free and ps aux output without actually explicitly using any of juk or vlc. i have the ksim applet to show memory usage and the slider just slides like downhill and i'm like wait! Wait! WAIT!
at worse times i wish the free command would free up the RAM instead of showing the sorry state it gets into.
i also noticed that even though some apps like wxvlc take up quite a lot of memory in a short time they still take up far less than the amount that is shown as used up.
do you have any way to make the ati graphics subsystem use less memory resources. like turning off some features with the aticonfig tool. i can paste the xorg.conf file as well...i will. me on another comp. now.
We are a very small core of developers and testers and are always looking for assistance in that regard Wink - so I guess, if this is some sort of bug, it was not spotted by anyone during the testing stage, so it is either something particular to your setup (have you done any majopr upgrades to your system BTW?) or was overlooked.
small core of developers...small set of applications...distro with looks of the big distros and requirements of live cd's. vector'll be my choice. my intention of posting to the forum is not to corner the developers and interrogate them. i was hoping that there would be another user of vector who would have somewhat similar configuration and atleast raise their hand if they faced similar problem. but maybe that's a wrong assumption. i also understand that the core developers may not have access to the wide range of hardware that the entire community of users would have. wondering if i could present my system's whacky behavior in a usable format.
Being as the RAM usage only seems to affect those apps
i had presented scenarios or examples. how am i to know if they were taking up entire memory? all i observed was that although these apps would take up quite a lot of memory (further tests show vlc as more of a memory hog). well let me post the ps aux and free output (not free -m?), maybe you can spot some anomalies perhaps.
could anyone of you try running a full length movie (mostly using divx/xvid) in vlc that comes default in vector 5.8 soho and check on how many processes of wxvlc are spawned over intervals of 15 minutes and what percentage of memory is used by each one. could you also do some random things like start full screen and switch back to normal. toggle the play speed but don't use any post-processing filters.