I have an AMD athlon 800 MHZ with 256 MB PC133 Ram, 36 gig HD ata 66, voodoo 3 3500, thats all that shoudl have to do with speed....anyways, i used to have 128 MB, and just added another 128 simm because i was running low on resources while using my system with lots of programs running, which is to be suspected. but unfortunatly with more ram in my system, I'm not experiencing any difference. For instance, when i have winamp, aim, and a few browser/chat windows open, i've got 50% free resources. THis is no real improvement over the 128 MB. WHat else can I do to make my system perform better? I don't notice the extra 128 MB making any difference whatsoever. PLEASE HELP!
I would upgrade to win2k if you are going to be running so many programs at once.
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Are your vcache settings optimized? If not, download 'cacheman' from www.outertech.com. I've been using this freeware program for more than 2 years. You can tell a big improvement in speed on a system running it.
Remember, winblows loves to bloat it's disk cache when you add more memory. When you upgrade to 256mb of ram, I would expect the disk cache would balloon to 150+mb after an hour or so of using windows. This program limits the size of your caches to hold what you access most often. This leaves more free physical memory to run programs.