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I'm Currently dual booting Win XP and Red Hat 9 on my system, I know that the size of the swap partition is determined by the amount of RAM in my system, My RAM is 256 Mb and my swap partition is 510 Mb (I chose automatic partitioning when I installed Red Hat 9).
I want to upgrade my RAM to 512 Mb, I just want to know if this will affect my Linux or my swap partition??
or if it is posible that I might encounter problems with linux if I upgrade my RAM?
Swap space is for Linux to use that disk space as virtual ram memory, meaning that if your RAM memory chip becomes close to being full, then it will start using that Sawp space as Ram as well. However, Swap space is only useful up to a point. For example...if you have 1 gig of RAM chips, it would be a complete waste of space to make a 2 gig Swap space partition, why?, because Linux will never use that much Swap.
As a rule of thumb, never go any bigger than 512megs of Swap space, cuz Linux will simply not use that much. You have your Swap space set at 510megs...that's more than you'll ever use for Swap. However, if you do want to get more real Ram memory, then I do suggest you get another 256chip. But leave your Swap the size it is...
my pc has 512 ram chips, and my swap is 520 megs....in the history of this computer.... I've only ever used 2% of my swap. And that is when I'm burning a CD, have about 35 Netscape windows open, I have Abi Word open, I have my TV tuner open, I have Gaim open, I have FTP open, I have tkturf open an some other applications. So...trust me, you don't need any more than that.