I've got it set to minimal (slider to the left) which is 30 Mb. Quite a lot, in fact. If you have Zonealarm, you can see how many bytes download during a typical Internet session. But on a 40 Gb disk, it wouldn't harm to have more (256 Mb is enough to index it in the RAM).
If you set the options to never check for a newer page, or 'automatically' (don't know what it means) it will be faster then 'every visit to the page'.
And I've got the feeling that addresses with a ? in them (like the cnet-pages) are always renewed. But I'm not even sure of that.
Considered asking in newbies but thought maybe OS specific.
W98SE w/ IE 5.5 SP2, P3, 256,40gigs, 92%free (13 processes)on boot up.
In internet options>settings> Amount of disc space for IE to use. If one doesn't dwnload large music or video files, what would be the recommended amt of space to indicate so as to maximize the speed of opening start pages at sites on net? Also considering off line content? (C-net in particular, aware of situation, but even back button takes minutes to load) Is it possible that C-net opening page at AV-Sec. has too much data to initially dwnld for the cache size? Possibly 98 's cache (small)?
As general principle is it better to keep the amount low for faster flow thru or large to take page in 1 gulp?? I've never really understood the principle involved. Thanks for rec. and insight!!