View Full Version : Ram Booster question?
Ok so I found this free little program called ram booster on download.com. Its pretty cool since I have an older Dell with only 2 gigs of ram and a Pentium 4 HT processor.
Anybody running this? Anybody have any tips on how to actually set it up for best results? Even after reading the help portion of the program. Its kinda vague.
Only 2 Gigs of RAM? If your computer is not quick enough for you with 2 Gigs then you need a new computer or you have every program in the world starting when your computer starts. Before that though, get the fasted processor your motherboard can handle, with those older Pentium 4's they should be pretty cheap. And RAM boosters are a waste of money, even if they are free.
...And RAM boosters are a waste of money, even if they are free.
back in the day of windows 3.0/3.1/3.11, ram boosters would esentially cache stuff that should be in ram onto the disk. sure, this 'increases' your 'ram', but it also slows things down since disk is a ton slower than actual ram.
i'm going to take a wild guess and bet that this free utility is doing something very similar. chances are, the 'help' documentation is vague for a reason...
ram boosters are a lot like alchemy, 'as seen on tv' junk, 'make $10,000 working from home!' jobs and any other kind of snake oil product that comes to mind.
RAM boost technology isn't a new concept, but it is seeing a bit of a comeback. Some servers, such as the newer IBM P7 series, are starting to see benefits under certin conditions. Keep in mind, thses systems use striped SSD drives which are in turn striped themselves (each SSD is two SSDs wafered together). They generally only allow for gains on big batch application functions like database refreshes. Even these run slower than if run on actual RAM. Still, sometimes 36GBs of memory is useful for powering through greedy transactions. I'd imagine it would do less good on a typical home PC.
From Windows XP and newer the ram boosters usually don't help much. There is one that is very popular with people but it hasn't been updated in a long time and it's very difficult to uninstall as it doesn't show up on the list of programs that can be uninstalled. It is possible though. There is another ram booster that is more up to date and seems to work better with Windows XP and the newer versions of Windows.
FreeRAM XP Pro 1.52 is the very popular ram booster. It has a very large following of people that are very happy with it.
BySoft FreeRAM seems even better and has changed names and been updated.
The new version of Bysoft is now called FinitySoft.
FinitySoft Memory Manager 4.0
I think FinitySoft Memory Manager 4.0 is one of the best ram boosters available these days, but don't expect a huge gain.
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