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Old 2004-06-21, 03:18   #1
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Default More RAM = Speedup??

Ok, before I start, I would just like to say sorry for the stupid question. I am new to computer hardware, I have always just got someone else to build my computers for me but now it is time for me to learn myself.

Ok, now onto the actual question. I have just bought a really cheap second hand computer. It is a celeron 400mhz. However, it only has 32mb of RAM in it. When I took in the task manager, it shows that it is using about 70mb of RAM. I am assuming that it is using up the 32mb of 'actual' RAM and having to use about 38mb of 'virtual' memory.

My question is, if I was to buy more RAM for this computer, would I see a significant speed increase on this computer. I own a P3 500mhz and it runs HEAPS faster than this computer and the only thing that I can think of is that it has a huge slowdown seeing it has to use 'virtual' memory.

So I think that I have rambled on for long enough now so I am going to leave it at that. Any input/suggestions/help would be much appreciated.

(I am just so used to putting gobs of memory in my computers so that they can soley do p-1 tests that I have never run into this problem before).
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Old 2004-06-21, 05:01   #2
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Your conclusion is correct; 32MB of RAM on a Windows 9x (or higher) machine would be horribly slow. I cannot recall ever running Win9x on less than 64MB. Upping the RAM to even 128MB would be a night and day difference.

Of course, if you wanted to torture sombody, you could force them to use Word95 on a Win95 machine with 32MB of RAM; even opening the File menu could take a few seconds.

On a more esoteric note, some computers, especially low-end HP, IBM, and Compaq, will only accept genuine PC66 SDRAM (sometimes PC100 will work also) in specific chip configurations; using newer PC133 won't be accepted by those annoying computers.
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Old 2004-06-21, 13:09   #3
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Well, i have upped it to 128mb and it seems to be running faster now. What do you mean by windows 9x??
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Old 2004-06-21, 13:50   #4
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Let x=5 or let x=8
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Old 2004-06-21, 14:30   #5
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Quote:
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Let x=5 or let x=8
or x=ME
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Old 2004-06-21, 16:54   #6
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but x<>XP AND x<>NT AND x<>2K
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Old 2004-06-22, 08:00   #7
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It is a celeron 400mhz. However, it only has 32mb of RAM in it.
My suggestion would be to install a minimal Linux system. Linux will run fine in 32MB, (I have an old P120 with 24MB that runs diskless). You could do stage one P-1 on this machine and then move the save file to another machine with more memory to do stage two.
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Old 2004-06-23, 02:23   #8
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Cool 128MB or Linux

I would suggest either having a minimum of 128MB for Windows machines or installing Linux (Debian Linux will probably work fine, see www.debian.org ).
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Old 2004-06-23, 05:15   #9
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For a low memory machine I reckon Slackware is as good as anything - especially if you don't bother installing a window manager.
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