Due to a lack of thorough research, I rather jumped in and bought a Vista Home Premium laptop with 1 gb RAM. Ever the optomist I set about scouring t'interweb for various methods of speeding it up a bit. I turned of Aero, sidebar and set the graphics for max performance etc. Last night someone told me that by inserting a USB stick I can improve the performance. I've tried wording this query in various ways but am having no luck in my searches. Does anyone know anything about this tweak?
I'm afraid on the laptop I tried it on I saw no real difference so that is the reason I said that personally I think it makes no real difference. For most of us at least.
Now you might see a difference in something that was terribly memory hungry. I say might as I can only see what I saw, a slight increase in speed that unless I was actually timing it I'm sure I would have never noticed.
Buy more RAM, save yourself the bother. And make sure you get the right RAM for your PC so goto Crucial and get what they recommend.
It isn't any bother, I just plug it into the side. I was just wondering if anybody had any experience.
Once you told me it was called 'Readyboost', I found loads of stuff on the net(cheers). Unfortunately I have 512 per slot, and no spare slot, so I'd have to buy 2 gigs. As for the 'Crucial' mem tool, it must be me, but on three machines I have owned it has never been able to pin down the exact spec of my RAM (I'm sort of lucky with things like that).
Well good luck with the Readyboost, as I said earlier on, the 2 PCs I tried it on, the difference was minimal if I could see anything at all, one with a 1 gig stick and the other with a 2 gig stick.
Something I perhaps should mention about Readyboost, in order to work the USB stick must be fast enough, so its worth checking if your memory stick supports Readyboost if you already have one. The stick I have does not support Readyboost but the replacement they sell now does as its faster.
Well, i've tried it for a week now. I used an unbranded (promotional gift) 2Gig stick which was 'accepted' by Readyboost. I played around with photo editing, watched a DVD, streamed some radio, surfed the web. I'm not sure that I noticed any difference and it certainly did not improve the boot up time. For some reason this morning, the same stick was deemed not suitable for Readyboost. End of trial. No better no worse.