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smittyd

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Hello. I have a HP Mini 5012 laptop. It has an Intel Atom CPU N450 @ 1.66 GHZ. The Memory is 1 GB.
My question is: Would going to 2 GB of memory help the speed? Or is it going as fast as it's going to go because the CPU speed is 1.66 GHZ? As it is right now, it's fairly slow. Any help on increasing the speed would be appreciated. Thanks...
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The answer is "it depends". If you are doing things which require a lot of memory and you are running out of memory, causing the machine to page to disk (which is extremely slow), then adding more memory can help greatly. If you are not and the machine is not paging or rarely paging, then the extra memory will have no effect.

Perhaps others can address things which can increase the speed. Sadly, it seems that M$ tends to deteriorate over time and some have found reloading tends to increase the speed. One suggestion to increase the speed is to switch to Linux, but I know that is not always possible nor desired.
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Adding a SSD will help with performance
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I appreciate your reply. Is there a way to know when my machine is going to "page to disk" in which you referred to? Thanks...
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The task manager should show the paging. Also, if you see a lot of disk activity, that will slow the machine down.
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