what is random access memory?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Random access memory, or RAM, is used to save all the loaded applications. If you terminate the applications, they are basically terminated from the RAM. The RAM is an electronic device, and, therefore, if the power supply gets cut, the RAM will also turned to "O"*. when you click on "Shut down" on windows, all unsaved things will be transferred to a storage device such as the hard disk.

    * "O" is from the famous acronym commonly used on devices: I/O (Power/No power)

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    1 decade ago

    RAM is an abbreviation for Random Access Memory. It usually refers to "temporary" memory, as when the system is shut down, the memory is lost. This is why the memory is referred to as being "random," as any piece of information can be circulated through the memory regardless of its location and its relation to any other information within the RAM. The first of the many RAMs to come in the future was created in 1951 and was used until the late 1960s and early 1970s

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  • 1 decade ago

    Random Access Memory, or RAM is memory that your CPU accesses very quickly as short term memory to execute processes. When it runs out of RAM, it starts to use the hard drive, which is by FAR slower, and so adding RAM to your computer can drastically increase its performance.

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  • 1 decade ago

    RAM is Random Access Memory, basically it is used to handle how fast you run applications, it stores data and when it is full there will be a cut in the pc performance, so the more RAM in your PC the faster..

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  • 1 decade ago

    ram what the computer uses its what enables the computer to run multiple programs

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