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garydonpowell
Posted: October 27th, 2008, 5:19pm Report to Moderator
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I have an older Dell Laptop that came with Windows 2000, 800 mhz, 256 meg Ram, 40 gig HD.  I installed Windows XP and had it upgraded to 512 meg Ram, and I set the Virtual Memory to 1024 meg min. and max. (from a How To Article).  Are these settings OK or should I reset them, or scratch the Idea altogether, and leave it at the 512 meg only?  For best performance?

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Posted: October 28th, 2008, 11:26am Report to Moderator
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   That is fine.  You can even go higher if you want as long as you have free space on the harddrive.
   RAM and Virtual Memory is used to store all of the information about what is open on your computer (for example, where the windows are located, what is in the windows, the code of the programs running, etc.).  Your RAM will always be used first to remember this information and then less important information is kept in virtual memory.  RAM is faster in getting to the information.
   Virtual memory is like a fake RAM where the information is written to free space on your harddrive and then when needed is read from off the harddrive.  Virtual memory adds to the RAM and gives better performance.
   I wrote a series of articles in our newsletter, Ray's Computer Tips, about the different parts of the computer.  One of those parts is the RAM.  That article explains RAM and virtual memory - http://superwin.com/RaysComputerTips/Issue4.htm#computer.  You can subscribe to Ray's Computer Tips using the Subscribe section on the left side of the newsletter - http://superwin.com/RaysComputerTips/
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