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    I recently upgraded to 512mb ddr memory and since then I noticed it takes almost double the time to come out of hibernation and double the time to go into hibernation. Why is this? Should I go back to my 256mb? Will I see a performance difference in CF if I do...

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    when it comes to hibernation... the more memory you have the longer it will take to boot from or go into hibernation.

    I believe the reason is that when the computer goes into hibernation, it makes an image of whats running and stores it into your ram. so when it comes out.. it reads of the ram and restores everything, so if you have more ram it takes longer to read the ram.

    im sure thats not the technical explanation but thats my understanding of it.

    although i dont use Centrafuse centrafuse anymore, i found that 512mb of ram is a good compromise between bootup/shutdown time with hibernation and speed while using the computer.

    256 -fast hibernate times, but too slow imho for normal windows usage
    1GB- fast windows usage, but too slow hibernate times

    but everyone will have their own opinion
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    • #3
      Theheel is right in that the more ram there is the longer it will take to hibernate, but during hibernation the contents of the ram is stored to the hard drive. When the computer is powered up again, the system copies the "snapshot" on the hard drive back to the ram to resume right where the system left off.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by theheel
        I believe the reason is that when the computer goes into hibernation, it makes an image of whats running and stores it into your ram. so when it comes out.. it reads of the ram and restores everything, so if you have more ram it takes longer to read the ram.
        Close.
        It writes the contents of RAM to a file on the hard drive. If you have 512MB RAM, the hibernation file will be about twice as big as if you had 256MB RAM, as well as taking twice as long to write the file.
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?



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        • #5
          384mb

          If you have two DIMM Slots then put in 384MB, then it should be JUST RIGHT !!! Not to Fast not to Slow..
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          • #6
            Thanks guys for your expertise, I really appreciate this. I will probably tjust stick with the 512 and deal with the extra 10-15 seconds of hibernation boot time. I spend more time in windoes than I do booting so I wouldn't want that to be slower. I wish I did have another ddr slot I would do just as Ryan said...lol Thanks again guys

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            • #7
              or turn up the graphics memory usage if you have shared memory.
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