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My grandparents have an old P4 Celeron laptop with only 256mb of RAM. They'll be getting a new computer in about 6 months, but for now I'm trying to make their computer run a little smoother. Their main issue is the low amount of RAM, they run out of RAM very easily, and on a crappy 5400rpm hard drive virtual memory is making the computer crawl.

They mainly use the computer for internet so I'm wondering which browser uses the least amount of RAM. I can't find many statistics on RAM usage, but I'm inclined to guess that Firefox3 has the lowest usage. I know Chrome/Opera are supposedly slightly faster, but I know Chrome at least uses more memory than even IE7.

Oh, and just so we're clear, I've already gone through their startup programs and removed anything I could. Also defragged the hard-drive in an attempt to speed the computer up a little.
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post #2 of 13
I'm guessing Firefox.
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Yeah I think Firefox uses the least amount of RAM, but, believe it or not I have an old system with a 1.3 ghz celeron and 256mb of RAM and Chrome runs the fastest.
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post #4 of 13
fixfox eats up ram like a monster (maybe i have too many plugins ), try opera.
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So after installing Firefox 3, testing reveals that IE6 uses less than half the RAM that Firefox 3 uses! I did not expect that at all, knowing that IE7 supposedly uses twice the RAM of Firefox 3.

On most computers I'm more concerned with the speed of the browser, but this systems RAM is so low that I'm mainly concerned with them never running out and using virtual memory. I'm actually ok with a slightly slower browser, because once virtual memory kicks in it doesn't matter what you're using....everything will be slow.
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post #6 of 13
I think you could download an older generic version of Mozilla. That would probably use the least RAM.
    
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post #7 of 13
CHROME! I have a P4 with 128MB RAM that runs Google Chrome wonderfully!
post #8 of 13
Look into Firefox portable,

http://www.portableapps.com/

it uses very little RAM because its very stripped down version of firefox.
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post #9 of 13
Opera works good. Not sure about ram use. You could install a version of xp lite.
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post #10 of 13
Firefox is crazy when it comes to mem usage, so is opera.
I suggest chrome or firefox portable.
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