January 1, 2004

Computer Upgrade

My computer has always been slow. In a discussion with an associate, he recommended I put in more memory. I already had 256MB. I decided to really bite the bullet, so I order two sticks of RAM, each one 512MB. I now have over 1GB of RAM.

After performing brain surgery on my PC, I plugged everything back in, pushed the power button, and waited. It booted! This is in spite of having my fingers in its innards.

As for the speed increase, I’ll monitor it over a few days to see if it has really made a difference. However, my initial reaction is, I’d say it has helped, but I still wouldn’t call it snappy.

My current processor is a 2.4GHz Celeron. In checking how well my memory is performing, I see it’s only running at 266MHz. The memory sticks are capable of 400MHz – but that appears to happen only if I drop a full-fledged P4 into the machine.

Posted by Ted at January 1, 2004 4:53 PM

1 gig of memory is great. That's what I have on my main home computer. I really notice the difference over 256 or 512. I especially notice it when doing any type of web design or large Word Perfect files.

Increased video ram also really speeds up the performance. Last year I did the Orrell census book, which had about 600 different scanned graphics. Performance was very slow with 16 megs of video ram (on my old computer). When I increasted to 32 megs video ram, I saw a huge difference. My new computer came with 64 megs video ram, which I think should be the bottom line. 128 video ram is really the best.

I remember the days when we had 1 meg of video ram and 64 meg regular ram. We've come a long way in the last several years.

Posted by: Reb Orrell at January 3, 2004 10:24 AM

I'll check out the video RAM and see what it's at.

Posted by: Ted at January 3, 2004 10:30 AM