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Re: [SLUG] upgrading RAM, what do about swapper partition ?
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] upgrading RAM, what do about swapper partition ?
- From: James Gray <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 00:25:37 +1100
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On Wed, 4 Feb 2004 12:10 am, lists@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> >> can I leave the swapper 'asis' at 512MB ?
> > swap is used when program memory exceeds the physical memory. It them
> > moves some out to disk, this may never happen in your new setup.
> so I can ignore RH docs that tell me ' swap part should be equal to twice
> RAM', good.
Good grief! I remember that rule of thumb back in the RedHat 4.2 days when
16Mb RAM was somewhere between "normal" and "a lot"! :) In today's world,
it's simply a waste of hard-drive space. I've got a 512Mb workstation
(this machine) and 128Mb swap, swap usage is rarely over 20Mb. System has
been up for 11 days now, RAM is 316Mb free and swap is 0Mb used; even with
KDE 3.1.4 running on a dual-head set-up! (Heheh - try THAT with XP Sir
> as far as physical RAM is concerned: is it a 'bad idea' to get a new RAM
> chip in addition to existing RAM, versus, getting all new RAM chips ?
Adding extra RAM usually isn't a problem. Some motherboards will choke if
you mix single and double sided RAM in adjacent slots, others wont care.
Similarly, mixing RAM with different speeds can cause problems on some
hardware (I have some Intel chipsets from around 1996 which will refuse to
recognise PC66 RAM if you add PC100 sticks). Read your motherboard manual
and follow their recommendations and you'll be fine :)
Fortune cookies says:
Love thy neighbour, tune thy piano.