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Old 12-14-2004, 10:33 PM   #1
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Memory Question ??


Would I see any increase in performance in my Slackware system If I upped it to 1 gig from 512mb or ram?
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Old 12-14-2004, 10:42 PM   #2
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Run top on your system, see if you are using a lot of swap. If you are then you'd certainly benifit greatly from more ram. If your not then it probably won't make that much of a difference.
 
Old 12-14-2004, 10:46 PM   #3
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I know I am not using a swap file cuz I made a boo boo when I first installed this slack system. although I do have an extra 3 gig hd laying around, I can use that for swap.

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Old 12-14-2004, 10:50 PM   #4
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Well then... do you ever have applications get killed because you run out of memory? Do you have a swap partition? Or was that the boo boo?

Linux uses swap as a last resort, so you could be *ok* without it.. but it is always nice to have so the last application that asks for memory doesn't just get killed.
 
Old 12-14-2004, 10:52 PM   #5
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No, Ive never had any applications shut down or any problems with running out of memory and I do not have a swap partition (yup, that was the boo boo) and top shows no swap space of course.
 
Old 12-14-2004, 11:10 PM   #6
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You can also using a file for swapping. Go to http://www.justlinux.com/nhf/Filesys..._Swapping.html for more information and how to make one.
 
Old 12-15-2004, 12:02 AM   #7
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If you've got 512Mg of RAM then you should be OK. As jtshaw indicated, unless you are regularly exhausting your current RAM, adding more won't make any difference.

In general, I would consider 512Mg of RAM to be more than adequate for pretty much all users. 256Mg is typical, 1G is a luxury, anything over that would be an embarrassment of riches. At least today -- J.W.
 
Old 12-15-2004, 01:11 AM   #8
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If you've got 512Mg of RAM then you should be OK. As jtshaw indicated, unless you are regularly exhausting your current RAM, adding more won't make any difference.

In general, I would consider 512Mg of RAM to be more than adequate for pretty much all users. 256Mg is typical, 1G is a luxury, anything over that would be an embarrassment of riches. At least today -- J.W.
Yea, 1 gig will probably make no difference but I figure I might slap them in if I do go ahead with my upgrade on my gaming system and have the extra 512 handy.

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 12-15-2004, 01:34 AM   #9
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Right on - more RAM is always a good thing, although admittedly if your current apps aren't using it all it's kind of unnecessary.

That being said though, it's unnecessary in the same sense as owning a Ferrari even if you're stuck in 30 mph traffic on the 405. Right about the Wilshire exit. Having extra power even if you don't need it is always cool. -- J.W.
 
  


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