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Old 03-30-08, 05:18 PM
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Frustrated with new laptop... Hopefully ram will help

A couple of months ago I bought my wife a

Lenovo Y410
With:
Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5450 operating at 1.66GHz
* 2MB L2 cache
* Up to 667MHz frontside bus
* 1.0GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM memory (2 x 512)
* 160GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium

Which is an upgrade from an XP Celeron with 1 gb of ram

However startup (waking up from sleep mode) is REAL slow on the Lenovo, slower than the old laptop. This is my only experence with Vista, I have heard 1 GB of Ram is not enough, will adding an extra 1-3 gb help THAT much? I am thinking of buying a 4gb kit (2 2gb sticks) since I have seen decent deals for that amount... Or should I just expect slow startup times for Vista?
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Vista is slow... period. If you're going to use Windows, use XP instead.
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vista is fine with enough ram
im running it on my machines, and they all run great
memory is cheap.. bump that up
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make sure you get rid of all the crapware as well

my laptop i installed vista from scratch with a real Vista DVD and only installed the bare minimum of drivers from HP. the first time i installed all the drivers and software from HP and it sucked
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Yeah, before spending money on more memory or a better OS like XP, try removing the junk programs and disable some services and startup items.
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Isn't 2Gb of memory the standard recommendation if you're going to run Vista?
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Vista + Crapware + <2-3 Gig of RAM = SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW
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My PC with Vista Home Premium, I use 2 gigabyte of memory - runs smoothly. But no crapware on it.
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I bought that ACER Celeron from the Wal Mart sale when it was $350. Man was that a nightmare. Celeron + 1GB Ram + vista . . . okay after I added another gig (actually I had to buy 2 one gig sticks).
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yea.. thats one of the most annoying things about laptop manufacturers
they insist on using both memory slots with smaller chips, so that if you want to upgrade.. you have to buy 2 new chips
sure, chip prices are so cheap it wouldnt cut into their margin much.. heck, anymore it is probably a wash.. but any way they can find to make us spend more later
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aren't the higher density chips more expensive?
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meh.. when i can get 2x2gb chips for 60$
meaning roughly 30 each for a 2gb chip
i doubt 1gb chips are less than 15$ each
and 512mb chips less than $7.50 each.. etc..

of course.. manufacturers have inventory and bulk discounts and such.. but still..

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