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 gentleplus
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I have a single core laptop WIN7/32 with maximum RAM installed of 2Gb

Does anyone have an opinion on how well a dedicated RAM boost 4Gb SD card will perform to enhance overall operations???? Or is the bus speed/OS so limiting that it wont help much?
 SingleGuy4912
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Posted: 7/27/2012 10:47:54 PM
Are you referring to the ReadyBoost feature? It should help quite a bit. However, upgrading your machine to 4 GB of RAM will provide a more noticeable improvement.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReadyBoost
 gentleplus
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Posted: 7/28/2012 8:18:57 PM
Max RAM allowed is 2 Gb.... yes ready boost
 SingleGuy4912
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Posted: 7/28/2012 9:12:23 PM
You should be able to replace the 2 GB RAM Module with a 4 GB one.

Or if you're using two 1 GB modules, replace them with two 2 GB modules.
 KeepinCool29
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Posted: 7/29/2012 1:58:43 AM
I have read that ready boost is effective for anything 2 gigs or less. That being said I'd give it a go. Not like its a hard thing to enable and disable :P Guess it would depend on the type of ram also. Certain OS have limitations as well.
 gentleplus
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Posted: 7/30/2012 4:25:57 PM
Motherboard limit is 1 gb per slot.... do you know a workaround for this????
 SingleGuy4912
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Posted: 7/30/2012 4:42:12 PM
I have an HP that can only take 1 GB modules but it's over 10 years old. If your's is fairly recent, it should be upgradeable. What is the make and model of your laptop?
 gentleplus
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Posted: 7/30/2012 8:55:17 PM
Gateway MX6214.. 1.60 Ghz Celeron Win 7 /32
 SingleGuy4912
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Posted: 7/30/2012 9:20:39 PM
Unfortunately, that is an old machine and you're already at the limit.

Give the SDHC card a shot. Or use one of your USB 2.0 slots. 4 GB USB Thumbdrives are dirt cheap.
 gentleplus
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Posted: 7/31/2012 10:02:17 PM
Yes ty already using SD Card... 4 gb
 KeepinCool29
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Posted: 8/1/2012 10:13:17 PM
Honestly. I would just get a new computer. That rig isn't worth a single upgrade at this point. Well, I say that but I'm also a gamer.
 gentleplus
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Posted: 8/2/2012 3:53:52 PM
Not a gamer ... don't need that power over the bleeding edge... just trying to get by a little longer is all... without toooo much trouble
 KeepinCool29
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Posted: 8/2/2012 9:36:53 PM
Lol. I hear ya bro. I just changed out the PSU on mine. My old one was shorting out or something. Working fine now. Cost me zero cause it was an older one but since I game it is very temporary. I only have like 3 gigs of ram currently and a 32 bit OS. I was gonna upgrade my computer but I'm really thinking since its like 5 years old now I'll just go ahead and build one from scratch.
 tallshyman
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Posted: 8/7/2012 11:01:33 AM
MY intel core i7 3.5ghz 22nm processor has 32gb of memory.
old compters are slow and use a lot power to run so I bought a new computer to save on bills.
 gentleplus
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Posted: 8/8/2012 11:53:26 AM
tallshyman.... yours is bigger than mine.... I guess I will just have to live with RAM envy... LOL
 LinuxD
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Posted: 8/8/2012 4:45:25 PM
old compters are slow and use a lot power to run so I bought a new computer to save on bills.


And what's the ROI on that mode of thinking? how long before you save enough in energy to recoup the amount you shelled out for a new one?
 tallshyman
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Posted: 8/9/2012 9:52:44 AM
I turn off my tivo becuse my computer has a 6 channel DVR saving more power.

I made my netbook faster by removing all the software I do not need.
 LinuxD
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Posted: 8/9/2012 3:34:41 PM
Strange logic, faulty IMO, but I guess if it works out in your head....
 gentleplus
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Posted: 8/10/2012 9:09:19 AM
tallshy
my computer has a 6 channel DVR

what software/hardware do you have to make this work????
 tallshyman
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Posted: 8/11/2012 3:13:30 PM


my computer has a 6 channel DVR
what software/hardware do you have to make this work????


Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - 4-channel Internal Cable TV Tuner Card for CableCARD
AVerMedia MTVHDDUET HD Duet
3 terabyte internal hard drive.
windows media center
 The Black wolf
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Posted: 8/14/2012 7:34:31 PM
it's very simple u can just take out the 2 sticks of ram trade them in to a computer dealer wich some do they now make 4 gig sticks ddr3 as far as i recall i have 2 sticks in my pc bouth 4 gigs each running faster:)
 Tarnished_Knight
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Posted: 8/18/2012 9:41:32 PM
Folks, stop with the recommendation of more memory: the OP has been telling you truly that his portable is maxed on internal memory.
That unit only manages 2GB ram. His only recourse is flash memory used as readyboost. Hoss, I would put the fastest SDHC card I could afford in that 4 in 1 slot you've got - it may not be much, but it is all you got to play with. Besides, your subsystem is ancient.


http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Q106/BladeC/1009028sp2.shtml
 gentleplus
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Posted: 8/20/2012 5:50:58 PM
Yup TK you hit it spot on
 statesshapes
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Posted: 8/24/2012 2:23:13 AM
Lots of idiotic replies. Clearly, the man has stated that the laptop is MAXED out on RAM. Yes, it can be maxed at under 4GB. This is a manufacturer's decision.

Here's more RAM info for those who don't understand it:

2^32 = total theoretical amount of RAM that a 32-bit machine can use (Address range from 0 to (2^32) - 1).

2^64 = total theoretical amount of RAM that a 64-bit machine can use (Address range from 0 to (2^64) - 1).

Notice that I didn't list ACTUAL amount of RAM. Actual limit will vary depending on things including manufacturer - i.e. how the motherboard is assembled. Also, an OS can have a limit as well, that is under these numbers - for various reasons.

Now... Getting back to ReadyBoost:
General info: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/readyboost

Lastly, if you are using memory cards you will want class 10, that is the fastest. I don't know about "flash drives," but in any case you can also get a benchmarking program (although I'm guessing Win7 will do this too), so you can verify how fast the card you buy really is. Again, class 10. It will give you a minimum of 10 MB/s.
 Tarnished_Knight
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Posted: 8/24/2012 2:01:59 PM

Lastly, if you are using memory cards you will want class 10, that is the fastest. I don't know about "flash drives," but in any case you can also get a benchmarking program (although I'm guessing Win7 will do this too), so you can verify how fast the card you buy really is. Again, class 10. It will give you a minimum of 10 MB/s.


Just a follow up:
OP cannot use SDHC card. his laptop's 4in1 reader can only handle sdsc (SD) memory/flash cards. Max capacity tops out at 2 - 4 GB with much slower data transfer rates than the data rates of SDHC cards. SDHC cards start at the capacity that SD cards top out at and go as high as 32GB.

So, OP, you can try a 4GB SD card in the hopes that your card reader will recognize it; failing that you'll have to scale back to a standard SD card with no more than 2GB capacity.

If you want to go the route of giving ReadyBoost a try, just look for an SD card with performance characteristics of 1.75 Mb/s write and 2.5 Mb/s read.
However, so not be surprised if ReadyBoost does not give you the performance increase you anticipate.
Here's a link to an article on Anandtech you might find helpful: http://www.anandtech.com/show/2163/6

Wish you well, bitBro.

TK
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