need registry tweaks for slow HD w/ lots of RAM

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I have a Dell Inspiron Core 2 Duo w/ 2GB or RAM, WinXPSP2. The HD
constantly thrashes. What can I do to cache more file and directory
structure in memory? I'm using VS2005 and TortoiseSVN without a whole
lot else running.

Re: need registry tweaks for slow HD w/ lots of RAM

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Gosh! I have a:

Gateway Celeron M 370 (1.5GHZ)
MX6124 (laptop) w/512MB
Windows XP Home SP2
Intel« 910GML (64MB shared)

And my hard drive hardly does anything at all. And Windows should be
using much of that 2GB anyway. What happens after you run the following
(create a shortcut if you would like)?

%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

When you run the Task Manager (and tons of other utilities will tell you
the same) it will report how much free RAM you have left (Performance
tab). What is yours like? I almost always have 150MB or more free. A lot
of times mine is running about 250MB free.

A lot of people claim those free RAM utilities are worthless because
they take your RAM stuff and throw it into your Windows swapfile. While
this is true and it is a downside. But they also swap out memory leaks
and crap that Windows loads like services and third party startup junk
that you never use. I use a commercial one called TweakRAM when I want
to unload the RAM. And it gives me 350MB or more free, not
automatically, but with a hotkey. Just perfect when I want to start a
new project and it runs fine since it has all of the RAM free to work

There are utilities that will also tweak your system so it doesn't load
all of the Windows services and third party crap that you will never use
and clean up your registry as well. Thus saving those free RAM utilities
some work. I use a commercial program called "Premium Booster" mostly
for this task.


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