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  •  Whatever that means... (2+ / 0-)
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    Victor Ward, mookins

    it doesn't mean that a larger hard drive will make your computer faster.

    My best guess is that you mean that you had a 600MB paging file to support virtual memory. A 320GB hard drive would have no problem supporting that.

    However...

    A low-end laptop probably does have a slower hard drive than a desktop's hard drive. (Laptop drives usually rotate the platters at 5400RPM; desktop drives usually rotate at 7200 RPM.) That can make a noticeable difference in performance.

    Even so, I'd take indycam's advice augmented with aoeu's downthread advice: you will save money in the mid- to long- term with the laptop. If you're using it ten hours a day, the savings may be around roughly $.10 / day. In other words, if you keep it more than two years, the laptop wins from a financial perspective.

    Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

    by Nowhere Man on Tue May 07, 2013 at 11:12:32 AM PDT

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    •  Dude this is why I posted this. (3+ / 0-)
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      rebel ga, mookins, Nowhere Man

      I don't know how to configure something myself.

      So I ask for assistance from those that do.

      I'm sorry my limited understanding of a constantly changing genre disturbs.

      •  Paging is inherently slow. (1+ / 0-)
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        raboof

        What happens is that when you don't have enough available ram to be running things, the computer writes to the hard drive instead, which is FAR slower.  And if it's having to write and rewrite constantly, it does what's called 'thrashing', where it spends most of it's time flipping through those 'pages' on the hard disk.

        If you're doing things that take a ton of memory (and some browser versions have nasty memory leak issues) it's RAM you want to load up on.  You want to use the HD for virtual memory as little as you possibly can.

        And do update us on whether someone is sending you hardware or you're willing to take paypal or whatnot.

        •  Yes, yes. (0+ / 0-)

          I haven't found a browser yet that doesn't leak like my bathroom does when the sewer pump breaks. I can't understand what those developers are thinking.

          And DK gives any browser a workout. I have 4G of memory in my machine and still couldn't load that big (1500+ comments) Black Kos diary of last month at all when it started getting up there.

          #1 on the essential requirements list: as much memory as your system can take.  

          The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

          by raboof on Wed May 08, 2013 at 06:34:19 AM PDT

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        •  So how do I do this? (0+ / 0-)

          You can tell me to load up on ram but how do I make that happen?

          •  Well, it depends on how you end up going. (0+ / 0-)

            If you end up having somebody send you a box, or do cough up a paypal account so folks can donate, you pop open the case (usually held closed with phillips screws) and look for the writing on the motherboard that tells you the manufacturer and model, such as 'Asus P2PD4' or somesuch, then we can look up which types of memory are compatible with that motherboard, and how many memory slots it has.  (If you're buying new, you can either buy it installed with more to start, or maybe just look for the memory compatibility in a manual if provided.)  Memory comes in a lot of different types, and has to be compatible with the board.  

            When it's time to add memory, or remove old memory to add newer ones, there are little toggle looking things at the ends of the memory sticks that you tilt back - they're shaped so that when you do so, they pry the memory stick up and away from the motherboard.  When you stick the new stick in, you just press down with enough force to get the toggles to click in place to hold it to the motherboard.  There will be a notch, offcenter, midway down the sticks so that you can't put them into a board backwards, they only fit one way.

      •  If I may gently offer some advice, then... (0+ / 0-)

        perhaps you could have written the above comments as questions rather than statements? Like, "But would a smaller HD slow down my computer?" As you wrote them, I felt like I had to steel myself for an argument in offering any kind of reply.

        Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

        by Nowhere Man on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:12:35 PM PDT

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