Will the performance change if I change my 128mg ram to 356mb of ram?

Question

I have read the questions on memory upgrades, but... i'm not sure how this applies to me. I am running Windows ME and I have 128mg ram. I am working a lot with digital pictures (on my laptop), and saving and zooming is very slow. I have (2) 64mg dimm chips and I believe that to upgrade I will have to deep six them and get two 128mg chips. Before I do that I want to make sure I'm not wasting money if the performance dosen't change much. No one at Dell seems to be able to give me a straight answer. I have read that Laptops, as well as Windows Me puts a big strain on memory.

Also, please note that I am not sure which video card I have.

Thanx so much for taking the time to read this!!!

Answer

This question was answered on April 12, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

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Memory requirements depend on the computer's operating system and the application software you're using.

Windows 98 shows that performance improves at 64mb and beyond.

Baseline: 32mb - 64mb

Optimal: 128mb - 245mb

Students:

Light - Word processing, basic financial management, email and

other light Internet use

32mb - 64mb

Medium - Home office applications, games, Internet surfing,

downloading images, spreadsheets,presentations

64mb - 128mb

Heavy - Multimedia use such as video, graphics, music, voice

recognition, design, complex images use

128mb - 384mb

Home:

Light - Word prcessing, basic financial management, email and other

light Internet use

32mb - 64mb

Medium - Home office applications, games, Internet surfing,

downloading images, spreadsheets,presentations

48mb - 64mb

Heavy - Multimedia use such as video, graphics, music, voice

recognition, design, complex images

64mb - 128mb

SEE URLs: http://www.kingston.com http://www.microsoft.com

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Posted by Swanya of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 12, 2001