Would MORE RAM help?
Now, I'm not talking about Dodge motors, LOL!
Currently, I have 256 megs of P-2700 non-EEC RAM memory. When I go to the F.C.C. ULS website to get Part 90 agencies information, it take a very long time to get it back and sometimes the thing time's out.
I know the information has to be sorted through an untold number of pages before it sends it out, but I'm wondering if I added more RAM to the Dell 2400 would it get the information =faster ?
This project has taken me on a slow boat to China in obtaining it. I had Southern Bell (HELL) before I moved up here and got Comcast. Bell South was like at a snail's pace (2400 bps at best). Comcast is some faster, but I live out in the country so the trip is not at lightning speed.
I've gotten 109 of the possible Texas counties so far and am working on the
Louisiana parishes now, another large number. Then, it's off to Mississippi &
finally Oklahoma. It's already Hurricane Season now and if I don't get the information faster, it will be at the end of Hurricane season two years from now.
I'm still asking if anyone has any old PC-2700 Ram, 1 Gig stripes they want to sell. If you know of someone or you have the required strips available, I'd
appreciate your e-mailing me at: KA5(dot)LQJ(@)gmail.com and we can talk about it.
Thanks for looking,
256 Megabytes of Ram is on the low side, but that also depends on which OS you use. I am running Windows 7 Enterprise and have 12 Gigabytes of RAM.
Can you be sure the timeout issue is not related to a slow or unstable internet connections? Most of the data is rather static until it completes it's download. By that I mean there's not a whole lot of processing going on to the data coming from the ULS web site until it finishes getting to your computer. The Timeout would indicate it isn't even finishing getting to your computer.
Your system is old and getting long in the tooth. However, I don't believe that's your problem. Fathers Day is Sunday. Maybe treat yourself to a new PC?
Also, your data is happening at lightning speed (joking intended). As the bits do travel at the speed of light. I just think the distance between bits can be measure in light seconds. Try going to www.speedtest.net and see what your Internet speed is. For example I see 24 Mbps download speed. Upload is about 500K, and that's normal. I send a whole lot less UP to the Internet than I get DOWN. Also, rerun the test with different locations. I see almost double the speed to Chicago than I do to Manchester, NH - which is 55 miles from here. Distance is less a factor than most understand. The speed of light is....
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I would say for anything other then Windows 95/98/2000, doing barely anything, its way to low.
1gb would be ok for windows 2000, 2gb for xp, 4gb for vista/windows 7 32 bit.
You need to forget about the Ram as the cure. That isn't going to help much - if at all. Have you considered finding a dual core 2 to 3ghz used computer? Very cheap these days. Should be more than a few of those in Shreveport. I don't know what speed Comcast is out there, but it should be fast enough to not take that long. What is their rated speed at your location?
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On XP? I'm surprised the machine functions at all.
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Currently I'm running X-Pee but as soon as I can aquire the 2 gigs of RAM, I'll be mounting it
and switching to a Linux that has the ham radio programs to run the Dell 2400. To me, MICRO$HAFT screwed up when they got away from the Command Line and went to the Apple-like GUI. With Linux I can have my old command line again and "fix" things when they break.
If Bill & Melinda Gates want to help someone, they could GIVE, through their "charity" and
send it to the Treasury to take care of some of our mounting debt. This is NOT a political
"jab" and no Democrats or Republicans were hurt by this message, LOL!
The specs say Non-ECC ram there are tones of that available.
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You can get 2GB cheap from Newegg.com for less than seventy bucks.
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The command line is still there with Windows.
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As well as the old "dos" type shell there's also Windows PowerShell which is probably the best shell you'll find anywhere.
I've been doing this since the DOS days, and
Here's my minimum RAM guideline (I'm talking web browsing and email. For anything more strenuous, double that. For gaming, quadruple that.)
Windows 3: 4-8MB
Windows 95, 98: 16MB
Windows ME, 2000: 32-64MB
Windows XP: 1GB (1024MB)
Windows Vista, Windows 7: 2GB
If you're running any less than that, you're going to have problems. Windows XP was fine on 256MB back in 2002, but every service pack has increased the RAM requirements, and a fully patched up XP machine these days uses about 700MB sitting still.
I have xp on a 1 ghz machine and it only has 128 mb of ram in it. I think that is the minimum xp will run on. They never would have had to have faster machines if the programmers would write tight, efficient code. Wordstar used to be 64 k in size!