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RAM not speeding up computer?

By Carbocation
Oct 8, 2008
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  1. Hey all, I just installed 2gb of CORSAIR D400 VS2GBKIT400C3 RAM on my MSI PM8M-V mobo (a much needed upgrade from 512mb). It is nice and compatible, is recognized on my system specs as 2gb and all, but does not seem to be speeding up my computer. It still struggles with autoplaying external HDs, and still does the little flashlight searching for contents when opening Control Panel, which is certainly not what I would expect from 2gb of RAM. I've already tried to adjust the paging file size of C:\ , but to no avail (as of just yet).
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    You have to reboot for page file allocation changes to take effect.

    Have you defragged and run CCleaner?
  3. Carbocation

    Carbocation TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have rebooted twice so far; haven't defragged or run that program. C:\ only has 11% free space if it is relevant.
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

  5. Carbocation

    Carbocation TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How would I go about doing that? I visited the Corsair site and they didn't have any information about power used. Is it on my computer somewhere?
  6. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    You can get your mobo default ram voltage setting from the MSI site or your own Bios - since I would not have bought Ram from anyone that didn't advertise the specs, including voltage, I cannot help you with the Corsair.

    Email them!

    And see my edit above.
  7. Carbocation

    Carbocation TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Wait -- would "DDR-400" be 400 Mhz? If so, then that's what the ram operates at, which my mobo supports.
  8. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    I said to check Ram operating voltage, not the megahertz!
  9. tuant

    tuant TS Enthusiast Posts: 256

    General Information
    Manufacturer Corsair Memory
    Manufacturer Part Number VS2GBKIT400C3
    Manufacturer Website Address www.corsairmicro.com
    Product Line Value Select
    Product Name Value Select 2GB DDR SDRAM Memory Module
    Marketing Information

    The Value Select line provides quality, tested, compatible desktop memory at competitive prices. The Value Select line is qualified for major current desktop systems. All Value Select modules are backed by Corsair's comprehensive warranty.
    Technical Information
    Memory Size 2GB
    Memory Technology DDR SDRAM
    Number of Modules 2 x 1GB
    Memory Speed 400MHz DDR400/PC3200
    Module Configuration 128M x 64
    Error Checking Non-ECC
    Signal Processing Unbuffered
    CAS Latency CL3
    Power Description
    Input Voltage 2.5V DC
    Physical Characteristics
    Form Factor 184-pin
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I believe so
    You should backup your data to external media (ie DVD or external Drive)
    Run CCleaner (as recommended by CCT earlier)
    Then check again how much space you have left
    Or decide on purchasing a larger volume HardDrive

    And then Defrag!
  11. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    If i could add to some of the advice and outline;
    1. What operating system are you running. i don't think i saw it listed
    2. Just what is your pagefile currently set to?? (you didn't indicate the value you used). And go check what you you think it is
    3. As pointed out, you need to free up disk space and then defrag your disk. Running CCleaner will help clean up some of that space
    4. Go the msi support under support to use their online tool and see if it suggests a BIOS update. And check its memory settings
    5. Use Everest Home Edition to provide better specs
    Download from here and run it
    - Click Reports->Report Wizard
    - Get a Custom report in plain text, select Computer, Motherboard and Storage
    - Attach the file to a post back here​
     
  12. Carbocation

    Carbocation TS Rookie Topic Starter

    LookinAround:
    1. Windows XP Pro SP3
    2. I have now realized that even though I manually set the page file to 4096mb (I get an error message if I set it higher) for both initial and max size; after I reboot, the size it reads (in performance options under the advanced tab) for "Total paging file size for all drives" is still 2046mb, the minimum. For the record, yes I am sure that I pressed OK and apply at all junctures possible.
    3. I freed up that space and defragged, no difference.
    4. BIOS is up to date, memory is fully compatible (supports 2.5V)
  13. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Posts: 307

    It didn't really speed up mine, it just doesn't slow down any more. Also you may have a bad processor. I just did mine yesterday, 512-2gb and it is faster, but not much.
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I'd suggest making your Pagefile 2000, Min and Max, in Xp
    That's the maximum it will utilize anyway
  15. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    Typically i've seen, can't say always, noticeable improvement on that first jump from 512 to 1GB or so on XP after that becomes less noticeable and a function of some of the apps you run.

    Suggest you also now defrag the pagefile itself (see here) after tryin to make as much free space and defragged space on your hard drive

    Also, start looking at what your CPU is doing with its time when you're idling
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