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1GB Ram for Vista?

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#1
Hi,
I was recently asked to fix a laptop for a friend because it was running slow. I ran CCleaner and the standard cleaning things and had it going alright. It has 1GB of Ram, so I recommended upgrading the ram to at least 2GB to my friend. They took it into the store and was told it doesn't need any more Ram it will run fine as is. Is this really true? I find you need at least 2gb for your computer to run properly with windows vista.
Your opinions are appreciated
 

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richc46

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#2

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Bare Foot Kid

R.I.P. August 13th 2014
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#3
Hello FB.




Certainly Vista will run on less but it is a RAM pig and it does better with at least 2GB and 4GB would be a great improvement if the mobo will do it, you would see the difference with 2GB, take it back to the shop and tell them you want them to do as you ask, unless it's your friend that is happy with it as it is and he doesn't really care; be sure to let us know how it sorts out.
 

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    * BFK Customs *
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    Intel C2Q 9550 Yorkfield
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    ASUS P5Q Pro
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    8GB Dominator 8500C5D
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    XFX ATI 1GB 4870 XXX
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    Realtek HD 7-1
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    1x 47" LCD HDMI & 2x 26" LCD HDMI
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    1920x1080P & 1920x1200
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    2x 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache WD Caviar Black
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    Corsair 620HX
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#4
The friend thought that they would rather just listen to the shop person, but I know from past experience that vista is a resource hog and needs atleast 2gb to fully function or 4GB for the full experience. This is 32bit just so you know. Thanks guys. I thought I had better come here for some proof. ;)
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite Pro l300
    CPU
    Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 550 @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Corp. 88395664Q
    Memory
    DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 1024 MBytes, Hyundai Electronics,DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 2048 MBytes, Ap
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Matte screen
    Screen Resolution
    1024 x 768 x 4294967296 colors
    Hard Drives
    120gb SATA 2.5inch FUJITSU MHZ2120BH G1 ATA Device
    Case
    Notebook
    Cooling
    Fan cooled
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Optical
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110
    Internet Speed
    256Kbps
    Other Info
    I like Spore,Rabbits and I'm a Computer Freak.

richc46

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#5
You are very welcome, and your friend is welcome to come and talk (or type) to us.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT
Messages
570
Location
New Zealand
#6
I'm sure this is enough to convince them, ;). Once Again, thanks.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite Pro l300
    CPU
    Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 550 @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Corp. 88395664Q
    Memory
    DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 1024 MBytes, Hyundai Electronics,DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 2048 MBytes, Ap
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Matte screen
    Screen Resolution
    1024 x 768 x 4294967296 colors
    Hard Drives
    120gb SATA 2.5inch FUJITSU MHZ2120BH G1 ATA Device
    Case
    Notebook
    Cooling
    Fan cooled
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Optical
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110
    Internet Speed
    256Kbps
    Other Info
    I like Spore,Rabbits and I'm a Computer Freak.

Bare Foot Kid

R.I.P. August 13th 2014
Messages
2,616
Location
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#7
Glad to have helped; thanks for the update.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    * BFK Customs *
    CPU
    Intel C2Q 9550 Yorkfield
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5Q Pro
    Memory
    8GB Dominator 8500C5D
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX ATI 1GB 4870 XXX
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD 7-1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1x 47" LCD HDMI & 2x 26" LCD HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080P & 1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    2x 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache WD Caviar Black
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX
    Case
    CM Cosmos RC-1000
    Cooling
    Tuniq Tower 120, 2x 140mm and 3x 120mm case fans
    Mouse
    Razer Diamondback 3G
    Keyboard
    HP Enhansed Multimedia
    Internet Speed
    18.6Mb/s
    Other Info
    My First Build ;)

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