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Confused: More RAM, More Processor, or Just Downgrade to XP?

by fatimah.k / March 27, 2008 4:51 PM PDT


I have an HP Pavlion tx 1320us. And here are my info:
- Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit, with tablet PC functionality
- AMD Turion(tm)2.00 GHz
- 2 GB RAM
- I have 250 GB of hard disk space which is cool

I've noticed an increase in booting time, my laptop works wonderfuly otherwise. I've just gotten addicted to Second Life, but it bugged me how slow the graphics are that it seemed impossible to enjoy the game! I can be described as a serious gamer, I play a lot and because this is the highest tech game I've played, I have mentioned it specifically.
I tried playing the same game on a desktop computer that was running XP and the difference was amazing! I could move very quickly while on my laptop I hardly could move; the responses were so weak and slow.

Anyhow, I know I have good RAM and good processor, but I was thinking about those options to increase speed and smoothness:

- Downgrade my OS to XP since Vista uses 700 MB of RAM while XP needs something between 250-512 MB only, which will give me A LOT of free RAM. But the problem is, HP doesn't recommend downgrading and I do like Vista. My laptop has a lot of nice functionalities that were designed to a Vista OS and downgrading to XP might give me hell.
- Install more RAM!? But I researched online and found some people saying that installing more RAM doesn't give much difference in terms of speed and graphic? I don't know how true that is!?
- Getting faster processor? Is that even recommended? And would it help?!

I really need help on this topic, what's your advice and what is my best choice? I'm leaning toward getting more RAM, but I'm afraid I'll regret it if there wasn't a lot of difference.

And, eh, elaborate =D

Thank you! =)

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Getting faster processor? is not an option unless
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2008 9:09 PM PDT
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Thanks, but..
by fatimah.k / March 28, 2008 12:27 AM PDT

Thanks for the link, much iformative. But what would increase the speed? I thought about RAM because I usually start A LOT of applications at the same time, and that consumes a lot of it.
And are you then advicing me to downgrade to XP?

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Sorry, but adding more ram doesn't help.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2008 1:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks, but..

I didn't advise either way.

Besides starting a lot of programs should take about the same time on Vista or XP. If you were talking about the OS startup time, that's a known issue so you can decide on that fast.

-> There is one thing you can change to speed up the load times. Install the next faster RPM hard disk in that laptop.

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(NT) Today, XP is the upgrade to Vista!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2008 1:59 AM PDT
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Another way to speedup startup is to
by orlbuckeye / March 29, 2008 12:57 AM PDT

cut down on the applications set to run at startup. Computers seem to get slower and slower the longer you have them. Thats basically because more stuff gets loaded intentionally and not over time.

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