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Bill W
07-09-2005, 11:28 PM
I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to 512m will
I get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?

I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.

and of course email.

bill

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-09-2005, 11:28 PM
Hi Bill,

You will if your normal memory usage exceeds 256MB. Adding ram will prevent
slower paging.

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"Bill W" <98uytrex@aolx.com> wrote in message
news:u4TnfOVWFHA.2472@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to 512m will I
>get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?
>
> I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
>
> and of course email.
>
> bill

S.Sengupta
07-09-2005, 11:28 PM
Yes.

regards,
ssg MS-MVP

Bill W wrote:

> I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to 512m will
> I get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?
>
> I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
>
> and of course email.
>
> bill

Mike Hall \(MS-MVP\)
07-09-2005, 11:28 PM
Bill

To get more speed without buying RAM, set the view to CLASSIC style.. go to
PERFORMANCE within Control Panel and set for 'best performance'..

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"Bill W" <98uytrex@aolx.com> wrote in message
news:u4TnfOVWFHA.2472@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to 512m will I
>get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?
>
> I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
>
> and of course email.
>
> bill

BR549
07-09-2005, 11:28 PM
If all you do is surf the net, get email and pics from your camera I doubt
that you will notice any speed increases by doubling your memory.

"Bill W" <98uytrex@aolx.com> wrote in message
news:u4TnfOVWFHA.2472@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to 512m will
I get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?

I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.

and of course email.

bill

NoStop
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
Bill W wrote:

> I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to 512m will
> I get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?
>
> I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
>
> and of course email.
>
> bill
Probably won't be noticeable in your case, as you admittedly use your
computer for some pretty basic work.

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Alias
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
"NoStop" <nostop@stopspam.com> wrote

> Bill W wrote:
>
>> I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to 512m will
>> I get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?
>>
>> I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
>>
>> and of course email.
>>
>> bill
> Probably won't be noticeable in your case, as you admittedly use your
> computer for some pretty basic work.

Wrong. He needs at least 384 RAM, preferably 512 for XP to function properly
in the eye candy mode. Don't believe me? Take out enough RAM from your
machine to have only 256. Reboot and try to open a program. If that doesn't
convince you, you're blind.

Alias

Leythos
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
In article <IrJhe.1357760$8l.659540@pd7tw1no>, nostop@stopspam.com
says...
> Bill W wrote:
>
> > I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to 512m will
> > I get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?
> >
> > I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
> >
> > and of course email.
> >
> > bill
> Probably won't be noticeable in your case, as you admittedly use your
> computer for some pretty basic work.

A simple means to know if adding ram will help is to open the TASK
MANAGER, select the "Performance" tab, look at the "Commit Charge (K)"
and then "TOTAL", if the TOTAL is very close or more than the amount of
RAM you have (you can check under "Physical Memory (K) and TOTAL", then
you will benefit from more RAM.

In most cases, 256MB is the minimum anyone would want on a WinXP
machine. As pointed out, switching to performance mode on the desktop
will help with speed and RAM use.

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Bert Kinney
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
Hi Bill,

In the following article read the section "How big should the page
file be" to help decide if more RAM will increase performance. In my
experience, there is a performance increase bumping RAM up to 512. And
at the price of RAM theses day's it's a good investment.

Virtual Memory in Windows XP
http://aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.php

Here's an excellent source for memory upgrades.
Memory upgrades at Crucial.com
http://www.crucial.com/

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Bill W wrote:
> I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I
> double to 512m will I get better speeds with my XP Home
> Edition?
> I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
>
> and of course email.
>
> bill

Chuck
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
If the digital camera has more than about 3 Meg of resolution, and you use a
decent photo editor, the 256Meg of ram is a bit small. Generally full
featured photo editors like to use as much memory as they can. In my case,
XP Pro with 1 Gig allows fairly rapid execution of editing scripts and also
allows a large "go back" capability. Printing large photos at high
resolution can also be a memory hog.
"Bill W" <98uytrex@aolx.com> wrote in message
news:u4TnfOVWFHA.2472@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to 512m will I
>get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?
>
> I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
>
> and of course email.
>
> bill

Bill W
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
Tks all for very supportive answers below, I will keep in mind and your
effort is appreciated.

bill

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
In news:u4TnfOVWFHA.2472@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl,
Bill W <98uytrex@aolx.com> typed:

> I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to
> 512m
> will I get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?
>
> I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
>
> and of course email.


There's no simple answer to this question. How much memory you
need depends on what apps you run, but almost everyone needs at
least 256MB for decent performance. For some people, for example
those who edit large photographic images, more than 256MB--even
much more--can be required for good performance.

If you are currently using the page file significantly, more
memory will decrease or eliminate that usage, and improve your
performance. If you are not using the page file significantly,
more memory will do nothing for you. When you say "pics from my
digital camera," assming that you mean looking at them, not
editing them, my *guess* is that adding RAM will do little, if
anything, for you.

But go to http://billsway.com/notes%5Fpublic/winxp%5Ftweaks/ and
download WinXP-2K_Pagefile.zip and monitor your pagefile usage.
That should give you a good idea of whether more memory can help,
and if so, how much more.

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NoStop
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
Alias wrote:

>
> "NoStop" <nostop@stopspam.com> wrote
>
>> Bill W wrote:
>>
>>> I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I double to 512m will
>>> I get better speeds with my XP Home Edition?
>>>
>>> I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
>>>
>>> and of course email.
>>>
>>> bill
>> Probably won't be noticeable in your case, as you admittedly use your
>> computer for some pretty basic work.
>
> Wrong. He needs at least 384 RAM, preferably 512 for XP to function
> properly in the eye candy mode. Don't believe me? Take out enough RAM from
> your machine to have only 256. Reboot and try to open a program. If that
> doesn't convince you, you're blind.
>
> Alias

Sorry, but to read email, surf the web or look at photos, your statement is
not true. I have a Thinkpad here that has less than 256MB of RAM and I
don't see much of a noticeable drop in performance doing any of the above
tasks compared to another computer I have here with 512MB of RAM. What he
has, even if memory needs to be swapped to the hard drive, still
outperforms the speed the data gets to him anyways, making the system fast
enough to do those tasks. As I said, it will hardly be noticeable.


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T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
Bert's advice is excellent. I plan to upgrade to 512 soon.
Here is another aspect to consider:
Even if you only surf the Web, if you open many IE windows, that puts a
strain on RAM. Add a few applications, like Word, Adobe Acrobat Reader, etc,
and you may find that youe machine has to go to the hard drive to get the
instructions for a simple "copy" command!
If you have a pause and a lot of hard drive activity when you change tasks,
more RAM will help a lot.

Bert Kinney wrote:
> Hi Bill,
>
> In the following article read the section "How big should the page
> file be" to help decide if more RAM will increase performance. In my
> experience, there is a performance increase bumping RAM up to 512. And
> at the price of RAM theses day's it's a good investment.
>
> Virtual Memory in Windows XP
> http://aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.php
>
> Here's an excellent source for memory upgrades.
> Memory upgrades at Crucial.com
> http://www.crucial.com/
>
>
> Bill W wrote:
>> I have 256 RAM now with an Athlon XP Processor, if I
>> double to 512m will I get better speeds with my XP Home
>> Edition?
>> I use mostly for intrenet and pics from my digital camera.
>>
>> and of course email.
>>
>> bill

Leythos
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
In article <DyLhe.21011$VH2.3852@tornado.tampabay.rr.com>,
nospams@spam.com says...
> Wrong. He needs at least 384 RAM, preferably 512 for XP to function properly
> in the eye candy mode. Don't believe me? Take out enough RAM from your
> machine to have only 256. Reboot and try to open a program. If that doesn't
> convince you, you're blind.

Alias, many people have no clue as to what level of performance memory
brings, and 256M will be find for many people that don't do any serious
work with their systems. I've seen people use Celeron 1.7ghz machines
with 256M ram and a 20GB drive on XP Prof Sp2 and they think they are
doing fine.

256M is the min for a limited use computer, 512m is a generic sweet-
spot, and 1g or more for graphics stations is normal.

My laptop, with a P4/HT/3.2ghz CPU will run MS SQL MSDE, Visual Studio
2005, Word 2003, and Outlook 2003 with my usenet agent just fine in
512MB of RAM and could run in 256 if I didn't run SQL at the same time
and didn't mind the occasional swap to drive.


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