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Can I link 2 PCs together to increase performnace?


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#1 gr8fandini

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 10:00 AM

Have an older PC, Gateway with a 2.6 gig Pentium 4, and 1 gig Ram. It has started having problems with being slow to load apps etc. Not really ready to buy a new computer so I was wondering if I could link 2 desktop units together to increase power and performance.
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 05:42 PM

perhaps with different distros of linux you could, in theory do that with the proper networking hardware and knowledgebase of how linux works, theres no real way of doing it with windows im afraid, and Im not familiar with how to do it with linux-I just know you can.

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 10:56 PM

That could be like some kind of a distributed computing setup, but those function mainly for data operations and not general purpose/gaming tasks.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:02 AM

That could be like some kind of a distributed computing setup, but those function mainly for data operations and not general purpose/gaming tasks.


Disturbed......... That's funny, I like that. Was hoping I could boost my performance and save some money. I see banks of these things set up for mass computing operations and was wondering if linking two home units together would double my speed and power. Maybe just a dumb idea, ..... but I had to ask.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:54 AM

Have an older PC, Gateway with a 2.6 gig Pentium 4, and 1 gig Ram. It has started having problems with being slow to load apps etc. Not really ready to buy a new computer so I was wondering if I could link 2 desktop units together to increase power and performance.
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Not really practical for everyday computing but there may be things you could do to your old computer to give it some more life. First of all would be to make sure unnecessary programs aren't being loaded at boot time. You can use msconfig to help you with that.

You may be able to upgrade your HDD to a newer, faster model. Going to an SSD (Solid State Drive) probably wouldn't be economically sound (though it would improve performance) but if your current HDD is a 5400rpm you could gain some performance installing a 7200rpm drive.

You should also look into perhaps upgrading to 2G of RAM. You can use the scanner tool at Crucial.com to find out what max RAM you can put in your computer and what RAM you need to purchase.

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#6 gr8fandini

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 06:44 PM

I've thought about going to a faster Hard drive if possible. I'm maxed out on ram at 1 gig though. I just had a tech go thru it to make sure nothing was running that I didn't need running, so I think I'm good there. I'm thinking that some of the problem is the CA security suite.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 08:24 AM

I've thought about going to a faster Hard drive if possible. I'm maxed out on ram at 1 gig though. I just had a tech go thru it to make sure nothing was running that I didn't need running, so I think I'm good there. I'm thinking that some of the problem is the CA security suite.

Is CA security suite your slowing your start up?

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