Using USB mem stick as RAM?

  dagbladet 14:01 07 May 2008

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?

  sunny staines 14:30 07 May 2008

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hope these links help. you need 2g ram to get vista running fast.

  Totally-braindead 19:24 07 May 2008

Its called Readyboost as sunny staines has linked to.

Personally I don't think it makes much difference for most things and its a far better idea to add more dedicated memory rather than relying on a memory stick.

Buy another gig of RAM, presumming you have a slot free, this should tell you click here

  rdave13 19:34 07 May 2008

Upgraded my vista laptop to 2 GB ram. Only had two slots so got 2 x 1GB at a cost of £35 including postage.

  dagbladet 07:27 08 May 2008

Thanks for those responses. I've now tried it with a 2gb mem stick. Can't say it made much difference, but I'm not really sure what to expect.

  PP321 07:36 08 May 2008

I wont make much difference as the system ram is adressed in a completely different way.

Memory bandwidth in a standard upto date computer can be around 12.8 Gb/s

USB 2.0 has a theoretical maximum of 480mbps it is not a sustained transfer protocal, but instead works in burst transfers. it can, in theory, reach up to 480mbps, but rarely does.

  Totally-braindead 10:54 08 May 2008

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.

  dagbladet 15:45 08 May 2008

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).

  Totally-braindead 16:33 08 May 2008

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.

  sunny staines 17:39 08 May 2008

use this to get specs of your pc including ram, its a free program

pcwizard 2008 click here

  dagbladet 09:17 14 May 2008

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.

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