As I've added more software to my computer, it's begining to slow down at startup, and generally runs a little slow. I think I've got either 64 or 128 of RAM. Does anyone believe that adding more RAM could speed up my machine?
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There is almost no scenario for the home user where upgrading RAM will not help.
Especially if you're running a reasonably modern OS on it (i.e. Windows 2000/XP). But even if you're running Windows 98 or Millenium, 128MB RAM is nowhere near enough.
I recently upgraded from 512MB to 1GB and see a visible difference; going from what you've got to 256MB or, ideally, 512MB, should give you a dramatic improvement.
Do check your documentation to find out a) how much RAM you have, b) how many RAM slots you have, and c) how much RAM your system will support. The company who manufactured your computer will probably have a page on upgrading that will detail what your options are.
If you bought a system that came with 64MB or 128MB, it's possible you're limited to 256MB or 384MB. Considering the current price of RAM (reasonably cheap), you can probably max it out for USD$50-75, depending on the scenario.
Originally posted by Sterling GoldenAs I've added more software to my computer, it's begining to slow down at startup, and generally runs a little slow. I think I've got either 64 or 128 of RAM. Does anyone believe that adding more RAM could speed up my machine?
The answer to your question is always yes.
I did this for my daughters PC (a P3 880 Mhz with 128M - moved her to 512 and many complaints went away.
I have an old Gateway that came with 64 mb of RAM. I added and added and it now has about 320 mb. I also re-installed the OS before giving it to my kids and it seems as fast as my new Dell (although I know it isn't). I think the new minimumstandard is 256, with 512 being optimal.
I use a lot of statistic and data-mining software programs, os I got 1 Gig of RAM in my new machine.
re: 98 not affected... You better patch office if you're using it and possibly some graphics programs. Mine took a 50 Meg office patch last night from office update on a PC I don't use much that has 98. Thank goodness for Cable modems!