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Default Re: Upgrading RAM - is it really worth it? - 02-03-2009, 01:19 PM

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I'm leaning towards getting it, as long as it's less than £20.
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Default Re: Upgrading RAM - is it really worth it? - 02-03-2009, 05:19 PM

Something to consider, if you plan on using the hibernation function (I do) the more memory you have the more usable disk space you give up. For example if you have 2gb of ram your going to have 2gb dedicated to the hibernation file. I've had no performance issues with mine and I have 1gb, I also hibernate most of the time for faster starts.
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Default Re: Upgrading RAM - is it really worth it? - 02-03-2009, 06:15 PM

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EDIT: When I get my Mini 9 I plan on turning off the swap file. It takes up too much space, is used way too much, and 2GB of RAM is more than enough for Windows XP or Ubuntu. If you have 2GB of RAM in your Mini, feel free to turn off paging.
i'm using the windows7 beta..would you suggest i keep my swap file active? i have a 2GB ram stick on its way to my door..
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Something to consider, if you plan on using the hibernation function (I do) the more memory you have the more usable disk space you give up. For example if you have 2gb of ram your going to have 2gb dedicated to the hibernation file. I've had no performance issues with mine and I have 1gb, I also hibernate most of the time for faster starts.
are you saying that the amt of ram we have is directly proportional to the amt of physical hdd space needed to hibernate? :shock:
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Default Re: Upgrading RAM - is it really worth it? - 02-03-2009, 09:48 PM

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i'm using the windows7 beta..would you suggest i keep my swap file active? i have a 2GB ram stick on its way to my door..
That's really up to you. I know XP (a slimmed down version) and Ubuntu do not eat up tons of RAM however I haven't had any experience with Windows 7. Try disabling the page file and see what happens. If you notice a performance drop go ahead and turn it back on.

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are you saying that the amt of ram we have is directly proportional to the amt of physical hdd space needed to hibernate? :shock:
Yes, hibernate directly stores the contents of RAM to your hard disk - so more RAM in your system causes a bigger hibernate file.
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Default Re: Upgrading RAM - is it really worth it? - 02-03-2009, 10:10 PM

Some incredibly helpful replies, especially about paging, thanks a lot guys!
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Default Re: Upgrading RAM - is it really worth it? - 02-03-2009, 11:50 PM

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Yes, hibernate directly stores the contents of RAM to your hard disk - so more RAM in your system causes a bigger hibernate file.
dang. i never knew that..i guess i took my larger hdds for granted before. it sucks having such a small ssd..and sucks even more that it's taking mdd to get more runcore in stock. thanks for the tip dethl *tips hat*
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Default Re: Upgrading RAM - is it really worth it? - 02-04-2009, 02:22 PM

I have an 8GB machine too, currently running Win 7. With that and Office 2007 installed, I only had about 800 MB left on the machine, and this is after disabling the page file and decompressing the disk. I've noticed that if I run more than 6-7 open tabs on Firefox 2.2 (which is less resource-intensive than FF3, the machine brings up memory warnings. I imagine that this would happen with greater frequency if Firefox was running along with multiple Excel spreadsheets, PPts, etc.

What I'm going to do is set a page file minimum of 200MB, and see if that fixes some of the problems. I've run Ubuntu on my other dual-core 1GB machine, and it seems to run OK, so maybe it's more of a processor thing.


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Default Re: Upgrading RAM - is it really worth it? - 02-04-2009, 04:58 PM

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I have an 8GB machine too, currently running Win 7.
is your installed win7 a vlite version? and speaking of which, would it be possible to vlite office? or does the customization process for that already let us access any and all optional features?
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