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Zen got a memory boost

02/03/11

  10:59:34 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1008 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, BOINC, Storage

Zen got a memory boost

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422&cm_re=g.skill_8gb-_-20-231-422-_-Product

So finally, after much thought I went and purchased the memory. It was 2:57pm CST when I started the checkout process and 3:01pm when I got the confirmation email. I was worried that I wasn't going to get it at the Shellshocker price, since the next item started at 3:00pm. But, later I got the card charged email and eventually order shipped. :cool:

It arrived a couple days ago, but didn't get around to today after work to install it. Wonder if I should change out the case screw for a speed screw? Or perhaps just one that uses a regular Philips screwdriver. The one that's there uses Torx, but will also take a slot screwdriver. But, I'm not sure where a Torx screwdriver at home is...and it took some searching around to remember where my slot screwdriver was.

Once in, the computer booted...I checked setup and saw that it saw 16GB...finished the boot and everything seemed happy.

Wondered if I should run some kind of memory test just as a sanity check....found that Windows has a memory diagnostic tool now...so I invoked that, and it found no problems. So, all is good, except that there were a bunch of reboots and logouts to get my desktop back. Wish there was a way to solve not getting all my systray icons after first boot/login.

I want autologin after boot, because I want BOINC to run on startup (and have GPU access)...and I might not be around when it does boot, since once a day there's a time where it might reboot itself after getting updates...and it seems that's the only way to get updates with reboots. With the other options you have shutdown to get it to install all the updates, and I think today is the first time I've shut off Zen since I first turned it on in December.....though it won't be the last, because I have a USB2.0 PCIe adapter on order to get more USB 2.0 ports on the back for connecting stuff. Seemed the whole idea of USB2.0 was to be able to have hubs and get more stuff on a computer, but lots of peripherals are unreliable, or don't work, if there's a hub in the path. And, I have too many of them now.

I did get a USB drive to try out ReadyBoost....a while back (a 16GB one). Don't really feel any difference in having it....though performance monitoring shows that its being used, especially when I'm doing backups. So maybe its helping then, though overall performance drops off when I'm doing that...so not sure how much its helping. Wonder if it might make more of a difference to my computer at work, since it has slower harddrives and is doing RAID 1 in the OS. And, only 4GB. Guess I'll keep an eye out for some more USB drives.

Guess the work computer is Intel H57 based as well.

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