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Getting the Most out of My 1GB of RAM


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#1 stevez_86

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

I have been trying for a while now to get my Toshiba Satellite A135-S4427 running Windows Vista SP1 (couldn't for the life of me figure out how to get the newer Service Packs) using only the standard 1GB of RAM installed and 11GB Hard drive. Sometimes I would be able to get over 700MB's freed up, and around 600MB while using Chrome. But recently it has had a serious downtick and I can only have a couple tabs open before I am down to only <100 MB available. It's like my laptop is bipolar. I run Advanced System Care 6 Pro, and in order to improve performance I have turned off the basic Windows security except for firewall and all visual effects are basically off without much noticeable difference. I will post the ASC Diagnostic Report, similar to what Hijack This produces, and the detailed system information. Let me know if I should post more information.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:44 PM

The truth is Vista will never run well on 1GB of RAM and there is no way around it.
You need at least 2GB of RAM.

In addition running any registry tools like ASC can only make things worse.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:54 AM

The truth is Vista will never run well on 1GB of RAM and there is no way around it.
You need at least 2GB of RAM.

In addition running any registry tools like ASC can only make things worse.


I was given this laptop from a coworker and I couldn't reformat it or anything like that so I did the best I could using ASC and it did definitely enhance the speed. Would any changes to the registry cause the available RAM fluctuate like it currently is? Besides that, that is the only unstable thing about this computer right now.

And besides getting more RAM, what are some other options? Would getting an external hard drive to help extend the page file help or even simply using a USB flash drive with ReadyBoost?

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:14 PM

No because external drive or USB flash drive are much, much slower than RAM.
Adding RAM is basically the only option.

It may help for a while if you preform clean Windows installation.
Laptop should have recovery partition if it wasn't removed for whatever reason.

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