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Support 256 or 512mb of ram?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by phemark, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. phemark

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    Hello,

    I bought this brilliant phone yesterday from Vodafone, UK, and have a question regarding ram. Every site says that this phone has 512mb of ram, but when i look into my phone's info there is only 256mb of ram (you can do that at menu/settings/applications/running services, then add bottom 3 numbers)

    So my question would be which is true:
    a) i was given pre release version of Galaxy S with only 256 ram
    b) as android 2.1 doesnt support more than 256 ram (is that true?), i wil see ful 512 once its updated to 2.2


    Could you check your phones ram and let me know if any one you have 512.. because if yes, then i need to return this phone and exchange it for newest version..

    I hope you understoon my question, and thanks for all the help
     

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  2. kalpik

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    Actually its the Kernel 2.6.29 (which is on the Galaxy S as of yet), which does not support more than 256 MB of RAM.. You will be able to use the full amount of RAM once custom ROMs come about with a newer version of the Kernel, or once Samsung releases Android 2.2 :)
     
  3. phemark

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    So is there a way on how to check if i will have 512 once we get 2.2? Or do i have to wait and see?

    Or its 100% that this phone has 512 and not a chance that it may be 256?

    Thanks
     
  4. pablo.station

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    according to what ive read the galaxy s should come with 512 ram

    Samsung I9000 Galaxy S - Full phone specifications
     
  5. phemark

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    So i know that it must be with 512, but that showing 256 doesnt give me too much confidence, that once we get 2.2, it will be 512:)
     
  6. pablo.station

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    just out of curiosity, i would like to know where you read 2.1 won't support 512 ram?
     
  7. kalpik

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    ^^ I did not say 2.1 does not support > 256 MB RAM! I said kernel 2.6.29 does not support > 256 MB of RAM :) If you run a newer kernel on 2.1, even that will support full 512 MB of RAM!
     
  8. pablo.station

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    :cool: , that works
     
  9. phemark

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    ok, this is clear now:)

    now how to check how much ram i would have if kernel worked ok?:)
     
  10. EarlZ

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    Galaxy S comes with 512MB of ram but can only use 256MB as of now with 2.2 comes a new version of the kernel

    Android 2.2 Platform Highlights | Android Developers

    2.6.32 kernel upgrade
    * HIGHMEM support for RAM >256MB

    So for everyone that doubts 2.2 on the Galaxy S it WILL surely come to the galaxy S.
     
  11. sjdean

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    NexusOne has 512Meg I think, but it was always software limited to 256 because the software (underlying kernel) wasn't up to scratch.

    Ugh. Im getting a bit jittery here about jumping to Android. I thought it wasn't ready last year. I thought it was ready now.

    But so far, on Galaxy at least, I see issues of lack of memory, missing Bluetooth File Transfer, some phones with missing swype.

    It's anybodies guess as to when Samsung release Froyo.

    Put it like this, GSM Arena had an article about the 256 Meg limitation. Samsung advised this was just misreporting on preview models and that the actual final and public models would have 512 Meg of RAM.

    So. That didn't happen.

    What have I done.

    Come back Nokia.
     
  12. EarlZ

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    By the looks of it you are better off staying with nokia.
     
  13. sjdean

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    Question: What kernel does HTC Desire run? It supposedly has 576 Meg RAM. Does that mean HTC have resolved a bug in a kernel many months ago that Samsung haven't been bothered to pick up?
     
  14. sjdean

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    Here's another interesting one... apparently, "HIMEM" wasn't available in Kernel versions prior to 2.6.32 for ARM architectures. Which probably explains why HTC Desire has 576 Meg on Android 2.1...

    what exactly does "himem" do? - Android @ MoDaCo
     
  15. sjdean

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    I've just asked Samsung about about this memory issue. They've said:

    "The memory that people are viewing and are posting on for(u)m rooms are
    looking at the amount of memory left for running apps and widgets and
    are getting confused by it."
     
  16. pablo.station

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    So its not showing the full 512, instead its showing whats being used and whats left?

    makes sense. My Desktop PC shows how much RAM is there but says that only a certain amount is usable. (shared memory, on board graphics) blah blah..
     

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