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I'm just wondering whether upgrading from 1GB to 2GB on Vista will make a large difference to the performance of this laptop. It is feeling sluggish but I'm not sure whether to attribute this to the lack of memory or the very slow CPU (1.5Ghz). An extra 1GB of ram isn't expensive but I would like to know whether the CPU is the bottleneck here.
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You will notice quite an improvement on the performance, specially when running programs, because more RAM will also keep windows from using the page file so frequently.

Even I noticed an improvement on my old laptop when I changed from 1GB to 2GB running windows XP (CPU is a T2300), so logically, since vista is alot more of a RAM hog, your CPU should not be the bottleneck there.

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You will notice quite an improvement on the performance, specially when running programs, because more RAM will also keep windows from using the page file so frequently.

Even I noticed an improvement on my old laptop when I changed from 1GB to 2GB running windows XP (CPU is a T2300), so logically, since vista is alot more of a RAM hog, your CPU should not be the bottleneck there.

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Vista really starts to shine with 2gb. 4gb is preferred obviously But 1gb is not enough, imo.
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When Microsoft tells you you should have 1 GB of RAM for Vista, they're lying.

You should have at least 2 GB, and 4 GB is preferred. If you're on 32-bit Vista and can't see 4+ GB...move to x64, like I am when my new motherboard arrives.

That way I can stuff more RAM in it.
    
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I did the same before I sold my e1705,the 2GB's did make a noticeable difference.BTW my cpu was only 1.8.
 
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Vista really starts to shine with 2gb. 4gb is preferred obviously But 1gb is not enough, imo.
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When Microsoft tells you you should have 1 GB of RAM for Vista, they're lying.

You should have at least 2 GB, and 4 GB is preferred. If you're on 32-bit Vista and can't see 4+ GB...move to x64, like I am when my new motherboard arrives.

That way I can stuff more RAM in it.
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I did the same before I sold my e1705,the 2GB's did make a noticeable difference.BTW my cpu was only 1.8.
I went ahead and purchased the RAM and it does seem to be making a noticeable difference. Thanks to all of you. Reps given.
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Yes on vista more is better. I would get 3GB minimum! 2GB's will help but above 3 is the key!

Good luck and happy holidays!

Day late and a dollar short. Oh well?
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