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My mother board will hold 3 512 sticks of ram, I was using only 3 128M when I purchased
3 sticks of 512 and replaced the old ram thinking it would speed up my computer, but there
is no difference in speed. It takes PC 133 which is what i put in it. The computer shows I'm
using 1.5 G of ram. It's a AMD 1800 processer (1.46 GHz) Is there anything else I need to
do, I didn't think I needed to do anything rather than install ram.


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Welcome to G2G

It's hard to say why for sure your system seems no faster but I'll explain a bit about how ram works....

Basically, you have a fixed amount of physical ram plus virtual memory (aka the swap file). Physical ram is divided up by Windows and allocated to the following:
1) non-paged area - this is an area of ram thats used to stored crucial system code. Code in this area is not paged out to virtual memory.
2) The page pool - this is used to store program code that is currently active, data pages, plus the file cache. The file cache stores files that have been recently read from or written to the hard disk.

Code that is not currently active is paged (moved) to the swap file. Any extra ram is used to increase the size of the file cache.

In short, this means that beyond a certain amount, increasing the amount of system ram will not result in a massive increase in performance.
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