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Arrow eBoostr on the Inspiron Mini 9 - 10-13-2008, 04:40 PM

http://www.eboostr.com/

Anyone currently running this program on their Mini 9?
I just downloaded the demo to try on mine, but would welcome anyone's thoughts.

I have a 1gb SanDisk Ultra II Plus card that would work nicely as an internal cache drive for eBoostr IF the two actually deliver better performance.
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note: I formatted the card FAT32, although I don't think it makes much difference.


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Default Re: eBoostr on the Inspiron Mini 9: worth pursuing? - 10-13-2008, 05:28 PM

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
So far it seems like boot time is slightly decreased and that brief "dead zone" after booting to the desktop doesn't last as long.
Shutdown time seems slightly shorter.
(restarted several times)

Firefox seems slightly faster on it's initial load, which usually takes the longest. Subsequent startups are faster.

Skype definitely seems to load faster.

Luxor 2 is certainly faster on game startup, as is Luxor 3.
Bejeweled 2 also appearing to load faster.
(these games have loading progress bars so it helps provide a basis for comparison)

Going in and out of standby mode there are no problems, although times don't seem to be affected.

Interesting results for a first go.


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Default Re: eBoostr on the Inspiron Mini 9 - 10-14-2008, 12:57 PM

I have to run some actual benchmarks to see, but overall my machine appears smoother and faster using eBoostr.
I'm going to run it for a day or two and then remove it to see if I notice and changes.

I would encourage experimentation if you are curious too, if you've got an old 1GB flash drive you can spare, or if you want to set up part of your SD card (just to see).


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Default Re: eBoostr on the Inspiron Mini 9 - 10-14-2008, 02:43 PM

I'm interested in how that works out for you, so let us know. since we've already got fast, low latency storage with our SSDs, I was thinking that the flash drive caching part wouldn't help us, but the program caching feature would. Can you use the readyboost-like and prefetch-like features separately? Maybe you could try it with just the prefetch feature turned on and see if there's a performance difference? i just wonder because I benchmarked several USB thumb drives, and the older/generic ones only manage about 5 MB/s write and 15 MB/s read, way slower than the SSD.
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Default Re: eBoostr on the Inspiron Mini 9 - 10-14-2008, 06:07 PM

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I'm interested in how that works out for you, so let us know. since we've already got fast, low latency storage with our SSDs, I was thinking that the flash drive caching part wouldn't help us, but the program caching feature would. Can you use the readyboost-like and prefetch-like features separately? Maybe you could try it with just the prefetch feature turned on and see if there's a performance difference? i just wonder because I benchmarked several USB thumb drives, and the older/generic ones only manage about 5 MB/s write and 15 MB/s read, way slower than the SSD.
It seems like you know a bit more about this stuff than I do.

I'd say give it a try!
You will be able to interpret the results better that I will so far I'm sure.


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Default Re: eBoostr on the Inspiron Mini 9 - 10-14-2008, 08:16 PM

Meh.
I uninstalled it last night and I'm not seeing a big diff without it.

Most likely all in my head.


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Default Re: eBoostr on the Inspiron Mini 9 - 10-20-2008, 01:07 PM

After Googling around and doing some reading I see many folks trying this have come to the same conclusion I did.

Spending the money to put 2gb of ram in your machine is the better way to make your machine run better.

Sorry, eBoostr. ops:


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Default Re: eBoostr on the Inspiron Mini 9 - 10-26-2008, 09:16 PM

turned my page file off, got me 2 Gb of RAM, works fine - no worries, would agree with previous post ref purchase of ram out weighs sd as cache. Only good thing about sd cache would be security, You could remove it if needed.

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