Getting extra RAM quick

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Me old PC has only got 4 gigs of RAM, bless her. I use a lot of heavy duty plugins routinely on everything I do and I have to say I wasn't looking forward to the inevitable of every song dieing on me in Reaper.
I can't add more sticks because I've only got two DDR2 slots and 4Gb is me max.
Well owzaboutthisthen, get a flash drive and stick it in your USB slot. Then open properties and choose Readyboost.
The flash drive functions as extra virtual memory.
I'd never heard of this till today and it bloody well works. It's not magic but it certainly helps as a quick fix.
I'd tried closing every process down that wasnt essential but it still don't help as much as this.
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I tried to comment on this post a little earlier, but it wasn't working at the time. So, I think that's a pretty awesome discovery! Let me know how it holds up for you during 50/90.

@cts mate, it worked well this afternoon but tonight it's been driving me nuts again, slowing down and distorting playback, so I've increased the buffer size and it's settled down again. But whether it'll work tomorrow , who knows?

I will dig through what I have and see, if so you are welcome to it. Smile

@Peter Arvidson Not sure what you're offering me there mate but I thank you.
I've noticed the PC is getting very hot though all the fans are working. Performance definitely deteriorates as it gets hotter though I'm not asking it to do anything more than what it can normally cope with.
I've taken the sides off the case and now have a huge external fan blowing through it. See what happens tomorrow.

@Silver Machine Sorry Silver, I was saying I would send extra ram if I had any, but I forgot to follow up, I don't have anything that would help. How did it all turn out? I apologize for the very late reply.

Yes, that's a good one. When I read this, not all of it, was gonna suggest it, but see the development.

Part of the issue is, it's a USB (not direct into the Motherboard), and the read/write will get as munged anyway in time as the physical "swap file" on the physical disk as it grows. Sometimes a smaller, I'm gonna call it, "swap file" can be faster since will only write immediate use stuff to swap out and not have to hunt for it in what becomes more and more fragmented. Last in, first out, -- gets buried under li/fo.

I can't know your work files or physical setup, but the in general way any of the architectures work, (only so many ways to make a water flow through a pipe), -- Virtual Memory or otherwise "RAM", which is a "RAM - drive" is attached to the Motherboard and in terms of access to the Processor(s) and their "Cache" (more mini - "ram-drives", so to speak, the -- last or most used data is right there) -- they get first crack in terms of "Interrupt Requests" to the Processor(s). There always a latency, and gauged by the most restrictive bottle-neck. You can have a "fast" anything, but if the path to it is restricted somehow, then that's how fast it is.

So, I have a terabyte drive (no spinning disk, but via a cable to it) and a thumb drive right in the USB port, and I can see, feel the latency. Most humans "feel" 15% increments, better/worse performance prior to saying something is faster/slower, generally speaking.

I'll "guess" when you cold-boot it's better since all the Cache's are cleared out, and then rebuild again. The "heat" is just evidence of what I am saying... physical read/writes and along a path.

One thing that really helped me was, switching to a laptop, laying it on a Fan-table and switching to Linux-Mint. My old laptop used to get "burning hot" and shut down on internal Hight Temp. Simply formatting the HD and going to Linux, fixed that. Then went to "Open Office".

Now, not recommending that, just say'in... and Linux-Mint and Open Office is all "free". I did buy the CD's and did some reading for the most stable Linux-Mint version for me, and not always the "latest" is the "best".

So, good luck with that. AND, if you do get another PC, "tower" is it... then if it were me, I'd experiment then, with the Linux and Open Office.

All the best to you, and happy Fall! Smile