Will RAM make a difference?

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Found 15th Mar 2009
ve found the RAM i need and i know how to fit it but with the spec of my crappy laptop im not to sure it will make a difference.

Ive currently got a toshiba satellite pro laptop that has this naff spec-

intel celeron m 380 (1.60ghz)
512mb of RAM

I did have xp on there but it ran so slow i wiped it off and installed linux, seems to work a lot faster with linux but i still would like to upgrade the RAM.

If i add 1gb of RAM will it make a difference to my machine at all?

Thanks in advance

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yes it will

Original Poster Banned

will it make much of a difference? thanks

More RAM will make a difference. See that little HDD activity indicator light? When your system slows to a crawl and that light is on almost constantly, it means you've run out of physical memory (about 2000MB/s transfer speed), and your OS is using "virtual" memory, which is hosted on your harddisk (about 20MB/s) instead. This usually happens when you're loading a new app, or an app in the background is doing something, or when you're switching between apps. Add an extra gig, and that sort of thing won't happen anywhere near as often. 512Mb to 1.5GB is a major boost, and you'll see the system run much better.

Original Poster Banned

cool think il order me some RAM!

We'll it'll be able to store more in it's memory so should be able to run more processors, Be slightly more responsive etc..

Original Poster Banned

my only concern was the fact that my processor was so poor.
When i say i only have linux i do actually have xp as well but i have a partitioned hard drive with xp and linux, but in all honesty xp is unusable.

mysterio84;4645164

cool think il order me some RAM!



If you are unsure what type.

crucial.com/uk/…jpw

You should make sure that the motherboard, can handle more ram.

Go to the makers of the laptop web site to check compatibility..

I hope this helps

Adam2050;4645211

If you are unsure what … If you are unsure what type.http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/drammemory.aspx?cpe=pd_google_uk&gclid=CJPH_arypJkCFRaA3godD3Vjpw




Or to see if it can use that again.

Original Poster Banned

already used crucial thanks!
know exactly what i want!

The only think is now i need to check my laptop to see what it currently has, 2 x 256mb or 1x 512mb, im hoping it has 1x 512mb as i will then be able to add the extra 1gb and bump it up to1.5gb, if not it will just have to be 1.25gb of ram.

mysterio84;4645296

already used crucial thanks!know exactly what i want!The only think is … already used crucial thanks!know exactly what i want!The only think is now i need to check my laptop to see what it currently has, 2 x 256mb or 1x 512mb, im hoping it has 1x 512mb as i will then be able to add the extra 1gb and bump it up to1.5gb, if not it will just have to be 1.25gb of ram.



That crucial app should tell you.
Which Dimms are in which slot.
Only other way is to just open her up on the bottom. Seeing as though your uprgrading wont be a problem.:thumbsup:

More RAM = More Cache Memory = Increased Multi Programming Capabilities

The difference between using 512MB and 1GB is very noticable on Ubuntu, vast on XP and beyond comprehension on Vista! Don't hesistate, get the ram...

You CPU isn't at bad as you might think - not great for video encoding or stuff like that but for day to day work its fine (its getting on for twice as fast as the Atom chips that are in most of the netbooks that are so popular these days) - just be mindful of how many apps are running at once.

If you run system monitor it should give you a good idea of how much ram and virtual memory (swap) is being used - ideally you'll be using 0 swap and have plenty of system ram left - but with 512MB thats unlikely!
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