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fleamailman

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an oldish laptop with 196 ram, running linux and seemed that 256 ram is not recognized, wondering if using a USB key for extra ram through a USB2 port is better than just using a swap on the harddrive then

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You are referring to a technology called Readyboost, which was added to Windows as part of Vista and Windows 7.
Whether something similar is available in Linux I couldn't say.
Adding more physical memory is a far better solution as it will be faster than a swap file or a USB stick.
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almost there then, since I can add physical ram here, and I have swap already, is the ramboost by USB key a credible option, the real question before I go further is "is it worth it"
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