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Old 08-17-2006, 06:21 PM   #1
Moogey
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Force Use of Additional Swap File


Hi!

Ok so I'm running Suse 10.1 on a 733 MHz 128 MB RAM PC.

The requirement for Suse is 256 MB of RAM, but I was able to install & run because I have a 2GB swap file partition. Is it possible to force the OS to use more swap file so it runs faster? If it's like having 2GB of RAM, then it would be pretty fast!

Thanks
-M
 
Old 08-17-2006, 06:40 PM   #2
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Swap file size is fine but it is slow. It is using hardrive as ram. Very slow compared to real ram. Installing more ram will perform better and faster than using swap file space. So increase swap file size will not help in speed. Only a place to load apps to to run once all ram is used up.

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Old 08-17-2006, 06:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Brian! The computer's so old I don't want to upgrade it. I have a 2GHz 1GB RAM computer that's ideal for a server but I don't want to run it on that computer.

I guess I'll wait for my new computer, whenever that'll be
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