Re: Problems With NVDA

Brian K. Lingard

Dear Gene, Steve & List:

I vote with Steve. A screenreader IS A SIZEABLE program and requires RAM all of the time in order to provide snappy response to reading commands & echo of characters or words as they are typed.

If the screenreader or editor are swapped to disk or even SSD, the speech loses its snappy response, also, you have delays entering or editing text.


If you are running a big spreadsheet with many cells that are updated when other cells are changed, the whole sheet can bog down with the minimum RAM specified for Windows 10.


Word processing takes little CPU power, except when loading or saving huge documents.

SSD will improve computer performance if programs must be swapped out ass it runs much faster than a HD. You can buy 15,000 RPM HD, but unless you need gigantic storage, SSD is faster and probably more reliable.


Brian K. Lingard VE3YI, Ab2JI, B.. A., C. T. M.


From: [] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: February 8, 2019 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Problems With NVDA


What are you basing your disagreement on?  Have you used 32bit Windows and with what memory?  Let's see what the minimum recommendation is for Windows 10 32 bit.  I would bet it is 1gb, perhaps less. 


I just looked.  Here is the information:


Of course, people shouldn't run 64 bit Windows with 2GB of RAM.  But I have a 4GB of RAM computer and it runs very well.  Maybe if I had programs using a fair amount of memory doing things in the background, I would have a memory shortage.  But in the ways I use the computer, I don't. 


I know that these days, manufactures often provide 8GB with 64bit Windows and that is a good idea.  it’s better to have a certain amount extra just in case.  But for years, 4GB was provided by a lot of manufactures in the Windows 7 days and a lot of people had good results.  I doubt Windows 10 is less efficient in use of memory than Windows 7. 


And in the case of 32bit Windows, since the minimum is 1GB, that means that the ratio is the same.  You have twice as much as the minimum which should be fine for a lot of users.



----- Original Message -----

From: Steve Nutt

Sent: Friday, February 08, 2019 6:07 AM

Subject: Re: [nvda] Problems With NVDA


Wow I disagree, especially if you are multi-tasking, or more accurately, task switching.  2GB isn’t enough with a screen reader.


All the best




From: <> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: 08 February 2019 10:54
Subject: Re: [nvda] Problems With NVDA


That is not true.  2GB is fine for 32bit versions of Windows. 



----- Original Message -----

Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2019 10:27 PM

Subject: Re: [nvda] Problems With NVDA


umm, you're confusing ram and storage.  An SD card won't give you more
, that will only provide more external storage.  swapping SD cards
allows you to copy more files to those cards, but does nothing for your
RAM, which is where programs run.  2GB is pretty low for any version of
, except if you're using a tablet, there's not much you can do
about it. If you're on a pc, it's (usually) easy to upgrade the ram in
computer, providing you have empty slots or the ram you have isn't
maxed out.  Most machines can only take a limited amount of ram, and you
to know what that limit is before trying to upgrade the machine.
However, though I don't know for sure, it sounds to me like you're
about a tablet, in which case, the ram isn't upgradable.

On 2/7/2019 7:05 PM, Ibrahim Ajayi wrote:
> Hello again:
> I thank all those who found time to respond to my issue.
> Brian, My GB Ram is a low grid.  It is just 2GB.  But even with that I
> don't have this problem with JAWS.  But as I said yesterday, chrome
> appears to be reasonably fine with the screen reader, although Firefox
> and internet explorer are almost unusable.
> I am thinking of increasing my GB ram with an SD Card.
> Regards.
> Ibrahim.
> On 2/7/19, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io
> <bglists@...> wrote:
>> Well I'd not go that far but it is faster on lower spec machines,
>> certainly.
>>   Brian
>> bglists@...
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>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Steve Nutt" <steve@...>
>> To: <>
>> Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:36 AM
>> Subject: Re: [nvda] Problems With NVDA
>> Use Chrome, it is better than either Firefox or Internet Explorer.
>> All the best
>> Steve
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <> On Behalf Of Ibrahim Ajayi
>> Sent: 07 February 2019 00:07
>> To:
>> Subject: [nvda] Problems With NVDA
>> Hello:
>> I am having problems with my NVDA screen reader.
>> The screen reader is just too slow when I am browsing the internet.
>> When I am doing some other work like word processing or reading documents
>> off line, it is not slow.
>> This problem has nothing to do with the websites, as I don't have this slow
>> problems online with JAWS.  I use a demo copy of JAWS.
>> Secondly, when I visit a website, or even some times when I launch a web
>> browser like internet explorer or Firefox, I hear "internet explorer
>> unknown" or "Firefox unknown" and the screen goes quiet, and when I press
>> the arrow down key, that is what I keep hearing.  Sometimes, when I am on a
>> site, or trying to open a site, the screen reader crashes, and disables the
>> computer itself.  I just have to shut it down, and then restart it all over
>> again.
>> Does anyone understand the problem I am having with my NVDA screen reader?
>> I use windows7 32 bit on a laptop.
>> I have the latest update of the screen reader.
>> Hope to read a helpful response.
>> I am Ibrahim.

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