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    memory upgrade ???? is it going to be worth it ?? will i notice any difference

    i have a Acer 5920 - spec :
    250gb hd
    2gb mem,
    intel core 2 duo (T7300) @ 2ghz
    running on vista 32..cracked to 64 bit


    im considering upgrading my memory - i am let to believe its 200 pin sodimm...

    will i see any great difference.......it seems like my memory is the weaker link on my laptop....it is quick.....but i transfer some very large files whilst having several progs open....

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    Check Windows to see how much RAM is actually in use, 2GB is usually more than enough for most people.

    Yes, you will see a difference. This is the first thing I do with a new laptop / PC.

    no you will never see the diff, the bottleneck in your laptop is the fact its a laptop, everything in there is designed to offset performance against power consumption, miniaturisation and thermal problems.
    Apart from that most memory is used by windows for caching much needed data this will only kick in after several uses so requires the machine to be left on for some time.
    Also as windows has developed the nasty habit of allocating virtual memory equivalent to installed ram and this will be based probably on a drive spinning at 5400 and powering down quite frequently this may actually slow your machine down.
    You want full performance?, get a desktop.

    Original Poster

    erm, although its a laptop..... i can't remember the last time i turned it off.....or unplugged it from the mains.....

    anyway, according to acer....its not a "laptop" and using it as such will invalidate my warranty.....

    You'll only see any advantage if you're regularly paging out to disc. Check you system resources regularly to see what's going on. Tbh I doubt you'll see much improvement unless you're playing games/photoshopping/video editing etc. Although Vista is pretty memory hungry so that is more likely than with XP.

    Just go back to XP and you'll see a big difference without doing any hardware changes !! :-D

    Original Poster

    dunno.....my vista laptop here hasn't faultered in 6 months.......my XP desktop needed a flatten and rebuild within the first month.....

    k13 wjd;3192338

    erm, although its a laptop..... i can't remember the last time i turned … erm, although its a laptop..... i can't remember the last time i turned it off.....or unplugged it from the mains.....anyway, according to acer....its not a "laptop" and using it as such will invalidate my warranty.....



    eh?,, in the description it mentions laptop, also you talk about sodimm which is a miniature stick for laptops? not sure what you mean "according to acer" ????

    but pretty sure if it is a laptop using it 24/7 power on may be classed as user abuse(misuse) under warrenty agreements

    also if its always plugged in why no desktop anyway? scared of all those wires??,
    go desktop. you know you really want that ooooommmppphh

    abomination;3187127

    Check Windows to see how much RAM is actually in use, 2GB is usually more … Check Windows to see how much RAM is actually in use, 2GB is usually more than enough for most people.



    Yeah, unless you actually use more than 2GB upgrading will do squit.

    You can check by opening task manager and checking what the peak commit charge is (assuming it's in vista), that'll tell you the maximum physical memory + virtual memory in kilobytes that you've used since your last bootup. If this is more than 2097152Kb then you could probably benefit from a memory upgrade.

    Original Poster

    maddogb;3197627

    eh?,, in the description it mentions laptop, also you talk about sodimm … eh?,, in the description it mentions laptop, also you talk about sodimm which is a miniature stick for laptops? not sure what you mean "according to acer" ????but pretty sure if it is a laptop using it 24/7 power on may be classed as user abuse(misuse) under warrenty agreementsalso if its always plugged in why no desktop anyway? scared of all those wires??, ;)go desktop. you know you really want that ooooommmppphh



    acer state in the warranty T/C that using the device ON YOUR LAP causes overheating, which will invalidate the warrenty...so its not a laptop........its designed to be used on solid surfaces only......

    i use my pc in many different places.....and, i also take it most places i take my digi slr....well, holidays, etc.....

    can't exactly take a desktop on a plane can i ?
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