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Can never have enough memory

02/19/06

  04:07:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 691 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, BOINC

Can never have enough memory

My main desktop computer has 1GB of RAM in it now....and I'm pretty sure I recall there were two slots left open in it....which I had considered being able to add another 1GB down the road if I needed it. Though now I'm wondering if adding 2GB might not make more sense now.

It'll run me about $115 to add 1GB (2 512MB DIMMs) or $250 to add 2GB (2 1GB DIMMS)...

Don't plan to replace/displace the machine for at least another year.


My main laptop computer has 512MB of RAM in it now...and I discovered last year that it was capable of being upgraded to 1GB. Though I'd have to replace the 2 256MB SODIMMs in it with 2 512MB SODIMMs (it doesn't require the memory in pairs, but they just had to ship it this way to make it painful >:-( )

Originally, I was planning to upgrade this computer last fall...but it didn't work out. So, I had contemplated instead that I would upgrade the memory....but I wimped out on that as well.

It'll set me back about $130 to upgrade the memory in this machine.


Then there's my main Linux box it has 512MB of RAM in it now, and I know I could add another 512MB to it. But, didn't feel the hurry to do so...since before the last upgrade it has 128MB of RAM. But, with more BOINC projects and keeping them resident (though that was to see if would resolve the Sulphar model problems with ClimatePrediction....it didn't.)

More recently, I looked at writing a new BOINC stats processor....except trying to use XML::Simple to process the user.xml stats file for seti, kind of choked. Decided to put that on hold since pounding the job boards looking for a new job keeps me from having much free time for doing much else. And, reinventing the wheel (though to overcome yet another new BOINC project that isn't yet handled by what I have been using...the current reporting is using Perl and Bash to scrape a bunch of webpages to generate an email report....) would require a bit more work than I have with all the other Open Source projects that I'm contributing to....

It'll set me back about $50 to add another 512MB to this machine, though it rates lower in priority to the other two upgrades...not sure if the desktop or laptop upgrade is more pressing. I still think a new laptop will be next should my situation change....


Now there is one other machine in need of a memory upgrade....my WiRNS/DVArchive/Poopli server....which is also the machine I do my C#/VB.Net development on....

Unfortunately, it is based on the 815 chipset....so it is already running the maximum memory that it can support (512MB). So, replacing this machine with a new computer is my only option. Don't really need the performance boost of a new machine though....but it wouldn't hurt since I run BOINC on this machine as well. :P

The last machine is my Linux router, which has sufficient memory for the current task...but the computer is starting to fail and is in need of being replaced with something more reliable.

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