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How Can I Increase RAM on My Computer?

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December 10, 2013 6:20:42 AM

Hi, I would like to know, how can I increase RAM on my computer? I don't want to physically add more RAM. Are there any other ways to increase it?

Here are some of my computer specs:

My computer is a 2006 HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop.

OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium

Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2060 @ 1.60GHz, 1600 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)

Installed Physical Memory (RAM): 1.00 GB

Total Physical Memory: 0.99 GB

Available Physical Memory: 305 MB

Total Virtual Memory: 2.65 GB

Available Virtual Memory: 1.31 GB

To be clear, what things can I do to increase RAM, things like deleting programs, anti-virus scan, etc.?

Also, why is my computer only using 305MBs of 1GB? Where's the other 700MB going?

Thanks!

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December 10, 2013 6:33:41 AM

coolfield7 said:
Hi, I would like to know, how can I increase RAM on my computer? I don't want to physically add more RAM. Are there any other ways to increase it?

Here are some of my computer specs:

My computer is a 2006 HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop.

OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium

Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2060 @ 1.60GHz, 1600 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)

Installed Physical Memory (RAM): 1.00 GB

Total Physical Memory: 0.99 GB

Available Physical Memory: 305 MB

Total Virtual Memory: 2.65 GB

Available Virtual Memory: 1.31 GB

To be clear, what things can I do to increase RAM, things like deleting programs, anti-virus scan, etc.?

Also, why is my computer only using 305MBs of 1GB? Where's the other 700MB going?

Thanks!


Available physical memory is the amount of physical memory available for application use. The other 700MiB is consumed by the operating system and running applications.

The only way to get more memory is to install more memory.
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December 10, 2013 6:33:58 AM

Everything running on the system uses memory. That is why 700 megabytes is being used. the 300 is not in use.

You are also using as section of hard drive to store things you are not currently using. You may notice that when you switch programs, sometimes you see a delay and the hard drive light will go crazy for a bit. More actual memory helps reduce this.

HP was actually very dumb for selling a Vista system with so little memory IMO. even an XP system was able to eat all that memory.

The ONLY way you can increase your RAM is to add more. I know this is now what you want, but it is the only actual way.

Closing any programs you are not using should help to free up some memory.
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December 10, 2013 6:34:12 AM

305MB is available, which means the other 700MB is in use.
Running programs use memory.
Open the task manager by right hand clicking on the tool bar or hitting CTRL-ALT-DEL.
Click on the "processes" tab.
Tick the box "Show processes for all users"
Click on the memory column to sort by usage.
Look for the processes using a lot of memory.
If you don't need any of these, disable them from starting when you start Windows or uninstall them.
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December 10, 2013 6:35:22 AM

You pc is using 700mb's for it's programs that are running in the background. To free up ram, your easiest solution is to kill any program that is running that you aren't actively using. Do you need adobe reader running if you aren't looking at a document? iTunes? Pretty much you only want to have your browser, windows processes, and antivirus going at all times(assuming you are browsing of course). It would be much easier to add more ram to your system probably, and it's an easy process, and you'll see the most performance gain from doing so.
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December 10, 2013 6:36:01 AM

You have it backwards. The available memory means what's left after what is being used (Windows and any utilities such as virus scanners). Your computer is using 700MB now with 300MB free space available to run programs.
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December 10, 2013 6:39:56 AM

Every computers works based on parallel processing, which means several programs run at background at same time.
Few programs like Antivirus, updates, system monitoring will always run in your system. This consume some RAM memory for its operation. You can improve your RAM capacity by regular cleanup of temporary files by using virus free softwares like CCLEANER, DISKCLEANUP, etc. You can also improve your speed by uninstalling the huge softwares like Photoshop, Flstudio, etc when it is not in use for long days. This will improve your overall performance and Bootup speed. But my kind advice is to don't touch any registry files in your system, even many softwares prompts to delete it, else the system become worse.
Disk defragmenting at regular time is one of the best ways to improve.
Thank you for reading!
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December 10, 2013 6:40:07 AM

Ah ok. Thank you everyone. I really appreciate the help :) 
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December 10, 2013 7:01:08 AM

You have 1 Gig of RAM
It is a physical thing/Microchip, you cannot make more without buying it and installing it.

You must always have a little RAM free, if a computer ever ran out it would crash.

Your Computer currently requires MORE than 2 Gig of RAM, (0.7 Gig Physical, +1.3 Gig Virtual= 2 Gig Total)
You do not have enough physical, so it is storing the overflow on the hard disk (Virtual Memory) which makes your computer very slow.

Closing/Uninstalling unneeded programs will help free up memory, but you have so little to start with that you will not see a big difference.

Your laptop can accept a maximum of 2 Gig

I would recommend both upgrading ram to 2 Gig and uninstalling unwanted applications which run in the background.

Also

Entering the BIOS of your laptop would allow you to lower the amount of RAM allocated to your graphics card.
If you do not play games I would suggest reducing it to 64 Meg.

This is something you should read the manual for.

Noodles

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December 10, 2013 7:20:31 AM

I realize you didn't want to add more but as you know now, you'd have to. Otherwise, you really need to limit the number of open programs or even up TABS in your web browser. Regardless, 1GB is not really enough to avoid feeling sluggish.

It totally depends on how you use your PC, nor will add any graphical performance except prevent stuttering if it's an issue with not enough RAM.

Of course an SSD or SSHD is another option but that's a lot more money than increasing the RAM and you'd still want 2GB of RAM anyway.

This kit is $33 plus tax/shipping:
I believe THIS KIT is compatible and will maximize what your laptop supports:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't recommend getting another single 1GB stick as it should be purchased in pairs, in your case it's DDR2 SO-DIMM, 2x1GB.

Installation:
1) Turn OFF (don't Hibernate) the laptpo
2) open the memory compartment, remove the old stick (or sticks) and insert the new ones
3) Turn on the laptop
4) run MEMTEST www.memtest.org to verify no errors

In some cases your laptop BIOS can be updated to solve some issues but I don't recommend it if you have no problems booting or with the memory.
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December 10, 2013 7:32:00 AM

Here's a comment about your exact laptop and upgrading the DDR2 memory:

"I did not know my HP had only 1GB, with the 2GB replacement it is a vast improvement."
and

"The extra memory made my computer run faster than I had hoped for. My laptop is 5 years old and was running very slowly."
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July 5, 2014 4:50:56 PM

I know both your machine is old, as is this thread, but HP had a good year in 2006, I use a beat up old pavilion with an Asus A8M2N NodusN motherboard as the basis of my media system. I have a similar M2N board on my main PC, but this one is much faster and all it has is an AMD Athlon X2 dual 4200+, while my main has a water-cooled 4400+.

Most HP hardware I have seen from that year is still chugging away happily and even out performing some performance systems. You may have been able to stick two 2 Gb DDR 800 sticks in your laptop. The only thing with these systems is that they are finicky with Ram, I try to get sticks that have the same specs as the original Hynix sticks that came with mine. It took a while choosing the memory slots but I finally got four 1GB ddr2-800 sticks in mine, and this is about the fastest I've gotten it. The old box and board was in a trash can at an industrial park, I took it home and nursed it back to health, now it is one of my best systems, I use it as a media server and as an AirServer for Apple devices.

The best thing, and someone suggested it already, is to call HP and their techs are very helpful with configuring your device. And for these old machines, I suggest windows 8.0 with media center if you can still get that upgrade.
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a b } Memory
July 5, 2014 5:35:35 PM

This thread is quite old now.

If you want Media Center I personally would say go with Windows 7 because for 8 you NEED pro to even get the media center add-on or you have to buy the pro + media center pack.

Nothing against Win8, but for media center it is not worth the price(Its media center is the same one from Win7 anyway).
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July 6, 2014 11:29:47 AM

xweaponx said:
I know both your machine is old, as is this thread, but HP had a good year in 2006, I use a beat up old pavilion with an Asus A8M2N NodusN motherboard as the basis of my media system. I have a similar M2N board on my main PC, but this one is much faster and all it has is an AMD Athlon X2 dual 4200+, while my main has a water-cooled 4400+.

Most HP hardware I have seen from that year is still chugging away happily and even out performing some performance systems. You may have been able to stick two 2 Gb DDR 800 sticks in your laptop. The only thing with these systems is that they are finicky with Ram, I try to get sticks that have the same specs as the original Hynix sticks that came with mine. It took a while choosing the memory slots but I finally got four 1GB ddr2-800 sticks in mine, and this is about the fastest I've gotten it. The old box and board was in a trash can at an industrial park, I took it home and nursed it back to health, now it is one of my best systems, I use it as a media server and as an AirServer for Apple devices.

The best thing, and someone suggested it already, is to call HP and their techs are very helpful with configuring your device. And for these old machines, I suggest windows 8.0 with media center if you can still get that upgrade.


WOAH. This is an old ass thread for sure! :)  Thanks for the replies though xweaponx and nukemaster. I got my computer upgraded with 1GB DDR2 and is now running at 1.5GB of ram. Much faster. Really appreciate the replies though. I'm curious how did you even find this thread?
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July 6, 2014 11:34:18 AM

nukemaster said:
This thread is quite old now.

If you want Media Center I personally would say go with Windows 7 because for 8 you NEED pro to even get the media center add-on or you have to buy the pro + media center pack.

Nothing against Win8, but for media center it is not worth the price(Its media center is the same one from Win7 anyway).


Someone necroed a thread from 2003 a few days ago. It was impressive
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