MEASURING RAM PERFORMANCE?


K

kandinsky63

Hi

I have an Asrock P4VM800 mobo which has 2 x dimm RAM sockets for
PC3200(DDR400) modules - max 1GB per slot. Currently each DIMM has a 512MB
PQi DDR400 module inserted.
CPU is Celeron D 3.06GHz

I decided to increase the overal RAM and installed a 1GB DDR400
Dane-electric Value RAM in DIMM 1 leaving the 512MB in DIMM 2. Before I
booted up I tested the new 1GB ram with memtest84 and windows memory
diagnostics - by itself and in combination with the other 512MB RAM
installed. Both configs passed the test.

However, I dont think that I have observed any perceptible improvement in
the performance of my system with an extra 512MB.

Is there any software/test out there that can determine/evaluate the
performance of new RAM addition.??

Also is there a convention that applies to size and brands of RAM modules
that can be installed in the DIMM sockets on a mobo? I.e.

1. Is it better to install RAM modules of the same size and from the same
manufacturer over the two DIMM sockets?

2. Or can I mix RAM size and manufacturer across the two DIMM sockets?
 
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S

Shenan Stanley

kandinsky63 said:
I have an Asrock P4VM800 mobo which has 2 x dimm RAM sockets for
PC3200(DDR400) modules - max 1GB per slot. Currently each DIMM has
a 512MB PQi DDR400 module inserted.
CPU is Celeron D 3.06GHz

I decided to increase the overal RAM and installed a 1GB DDR400
Dane-electric Value RAM in DIMM 1 leaving the 512MB in DIMM 2. Before I
booted up I tested the new 1GB ram with memtest84 and
windows memory diagnostics - by itself and in combination with the
other 512MB RAM installed. Both configs passed the test.

However, I dont think that I have observed any perceptible
improvement in the performance of my system with an extra 512MB.

Is there any software/test out there that can determine/evaluate the
performance of new RAM addition.??

Also is there a convention that applies to size and brands of RAM
modules that can be installed in the DIMM sockets on a mobo? I.e.

1. Is it better to install RAM modules of the same size and from
the same manufacturer over the two DIMM sockets?

2. Or can I mix RAM size and manufacturer across the two DIMM
sockets?

More memory does not equate to better performance.

The simplest test should have been done before you bought more memory.
While using your computer - leave "Task Manager" open to the "Performance"
tab and simply watch your PF usage while you do your normal things...
Chances are you added more memory but weren't actually utilizing all you had
anyway - so now you just have *more* extra memory and thus, more that will
never be used.

In general - it's better to match your memory modules - but if your
motherboard/configuration does not require it, it'll work.
 
K

kandinsky63

How would I go about utilising and optimising the "*more* extra memory and
thus, more that will never be used."?

Thanks
 
J

JS

You probably will not notice any speed improvement
unless you use Photo Editing software and or
applications that are memory intensive.

Any benchmark you run will most likely be misleading
at best.
 
A

Adrian C

kandinsky63 said:
How would I go about utilising and optimising the "*more* extra memory and
thus, more that will never be used."?

Open more internet browser windows than you could ever do before?

You've just grafted on the ability for your machine to behave better
with more of a workload (=more applications running simultaneously), and
released it from the disc page file thrashing from just having 512MB.

1GB is your sweet spot, whether more is required depends on your
applications for the machine.

What you could do is have both modules the same type & capacity, and
hence use a feature called "dual channel".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_channel

But, reading the above page, the benefit is only seen as applicable for
applications that manipulate large amounts of data in memory, and in
normal use could be as little as 5%.
 
G

Gerald Cornell

kandinsky63

Try Ctrl+Alt+Delete to select Task Manager and click the Performance
Tab. Under Commit Charge what is the Total, the Limit and the Peak?

Adding RAM only improves performance if the system becomes dependent on the
pagefile. Accessing RAM is quicker than accessing the pagefile.

In what ways is the computer slow? Have you eliminated other reasons for
slow performance?

ftp://europe.asrock.com/manual/P4VM800.pdf


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Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

kandinsky63 said:
How would I go about utilising and optimising the "*more* extra memory and
thus, more that will never be used."?

Thanks
 
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S

Shenan Stanley

kandinsky63 said:
I have an Asrock P4VM800 mobo which has 2 x dimm RAM sockets for
PC3200(DDR400) modules - max 1GB per slot. Currently each DIMM has
a 512MB PQi DDR400 module inserted.
CPU is Celeron D 3.06GHz

I decided to increase the overal RAM and installed a 1GB DDR400
Dane-electric Value RAM in DIMM 1 leaving the 512MB in DIMM 2. Before I
booted up I tested the new 1GB ram with memtest84 and
windows memory diagnostics - by itself and in combination with the
other 512MB RAM installed. Both configs passed the test.

However, I dont think that I have observed any perceptible
improvement in the performance of my system with an extra 512MB.

Is there any software/test out there that can determine/evaluate the
performance of new RAM addition.??

Also is there a convention that applies to size and brands of RAM
modules that can be installed in the DIMM sockets on a mobo? I.e.

1. Is it better to install RAM modules of the same size and from
the same manufacturer over the two DIMM sockets?

2. Or can I mix RAM size and manufacturer across the two DIMM
sockets?

Shenan said:
More memory does not equate to better performance.

The simplest test should have been done before you bought more
memory. While using your computer - leave "Task Manager" open to
the "Performance" tab and simply watch your PF usage while you do
your normal things... Chances are you added more memory but weren't
actually utilizing all you had anyway - so now you just have *more*
extra memory and thus, more that will never be used.

In general - it's better to match your memory modules - but if your
motherboard/configuration does not require it, it'll work.
How would I go about utilising and optimising the "*more* extra
memory and thus, more that will never be used."?

Permanently?

Change everything you do, what you do it with and how you do it.

With the operating system, software and things you do on the machine now -
it is highly likely (given what you have and knowing how many people use
their machines) you were probably using somewhere between 256MB and 640MB at
any given time. This means you had memory to spare before you bought any
memory.

The point is not to use up all the memory you have - for most that would be
an impossible task. Having memory you will probably never use is not a
horrible thing - it may *sound* like a waste - but you tell us - just how
much did you spend on that 1GB of memory you replaced one of those 512MB
sticks with?

If your computer is slow - I assume (again by using what you have given)
that is why you purchased the extra memory in the first place - you need to
know why.

First - is it slower now than it actually was when you first bought it? If
so - what has changed?
- Software packages installed on it? (Without a doubt - unless this
computer has never gotten patched, you don't use web pages/stuff that
require quicktime, flash, shockwave, real player, etc...)
- Did your hardware change to keep up? (Not just buying more memory, but
did you get a faster/newer hard drive? Replace the motherboard so you had a
fater bus? Replace the processor so you had more central power to play
with? Better video card? Faster network card?)
- Kept the hardware drivers for the system up to date?
- Your thought of 'how to maintain it'? (Most people have no concept of
this. They treat the computer like a toaster and expect it to be
self-sustaining. Not true. Complicated equipment is hardly ever
self-maintaining, multi-tasking complicated and sophisticated equipment -
closer to never.)

So - what software was updated/upgraded since you first purchased it? List
out everything from the OS to the productivity packages (Microsoft Office,
Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc) to the small things like plugins for the web
(shockwave, flash, quicktime, real player, etc), software packages for new
peripherals (scanners, printers, cameras, etc), everything you have
installed.

What hardware do you have? Processor (CPU - make/model/speed/# of cores),
memory (RAM - how much, make/model, speed), motherboard (make/model), hard
disk drive (total size, free space, type, speed, make/model), video card
(amount of memory, shared or independent, make/model) and so on.

You might - for those two - grab the freeware Belarc Advisor product, run
it, save/print the results. It will help you answer those questions.

Then you can use that list to make sure you are running fully patched (for
the OS as well as the applications installed) and make sure none of the
available hardware updates (always from the actual manufacturer of said
products - not Microsoft Updates) would help you run a little more
efficiently.

What AntiVirus do you use? Or - have you chosen some "all-in-one" suite
that supposedly protects you from everything? If so - I recommend dumping
that for just an AntiVirus product, use the built in firewall combined with
a NAT router if you have high-speed Internet and you will likely see better
performance and be just as (if not more) protected.

What antipsyware applications have you ran? What have they picked up? My
suggestion is to run MalwareBytes (free) for at least one good scan on your
computer. If you have not looked for spyware/adware on your computer
before - you might be surprised at what it finds.

What does your backup schedule look like and what are you backing up to?

When was the last time you ran a Disk Cleanup on your system?
(Did you clear all but the latest restore point?)

When was the last time you ran a CHKDSK on your hard disk drive(s)?

When was the last time you defragmented your hard disk drive(s)?
 
K

kandinsky63

i have 3 hard drives
WinXP SP3 is up to date
ihave 53 process running in Task manager. ( i have already trimmed back any
unnessecary background apps)
Purchasing xtra memory was the cheapest option (paid £20 / $30 for 1GB
ddr400)

I always have many browser windows open - sometimes I have IE7 and Firefox
open at the same time.

Also I occasionaly have a few apps open at the same time and I have
photoshop for processing digi pictures.

do you want me to send you the Belarc audit list?
 
G

Gerry

kandinsky63

Try Ctrl+Alt+Delete to select Task Manager and click the Performance
Tab. Under Commit Charge what is the Total, the Limit and the Peak?


--




Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


kandinsky63 said:
i have 3 hard drives
WinXP SP3 is up to date
ihave 53 process running in Task manager. ( i have already trimmed back
any unnessecary background apps)
Purchasing xtra memory was the cheapest option (paid £20 / $30 for 1GB
ddr400)

I always have many browser windows open - sometimes I have IE7 and Firefox
open at the same time.

Also I occasionaly have a few apps open at the same time and I have
photoshop for processing digi pictures.

do you want me to send you the Belarc audit list?
 
K

kandinsky63

total = 621112k
limit= 3404400k
peak= 968468k
Gerry said:
kandinsky63

Try Ctrl+Alt+Delete to select Task Manager and click the Performance
Tab. Under Commit Charge what is the Total, the Limit and the Peak?


--




Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


kandinsky63 said:
i have 3 hard drives
WinXP SP3 is up to date
ihave 53 process running in Task manager. ( i have already trimmed back
any unnessecary background apps)
Purchasing xtra memory was the cheapest option (paid £20 / $30 for 1GB
ddr400)

I always have many browser windows open - sometimes I have IE7 and
Firefox open at the same time.

Also I occasionaly have a few apps open at the same time and I have
photoshop for processing digi pictures.

do you want me to send you the Belarc audit list?
 
G

Gerry

kandinsky63

Have a look in the System and Application logs in Event Viewer for
Errors and Warnings and post copies here. Don't post any more than 48
hours ago.

You can access Event Viewer by selecting Start, Control Panel,
Administrative Tools, and Event Viewer. When researching the meaning
of the error, information regarding Event ID, Source and Description
are important.

HOW TO: View and Manage Event Logs in Event Viewer in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308427/en-us

A tip for posting copies of Error Reports! Run Event Viewer and double
click on the error you want to copy. In the window, which appears is a
button resembling two pages. Click the button and close Event
Viewer.Now start your message (email) and do a paste into the body of
the message. Make sure this is the first paste after exiting from
Event Viewer.

How much large is your C partition and how much free disk space does it
have?

What are your anti-virus and anti-spyware arrangements?


--




Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

kandinsky63 said:
total = 621112k
limit= 3404400k
peak= 968468k
 
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kandinsky63

Gerry

Before I begin listing, are u sure u want the last 48 hrs worth? There are
a lot of errores listed in Event viewer/system - only about 3 in Event
viewer/applications. I have pasted some below - is this what u want?

Also I have AVG8, Adaware AE, Spybot, MalawareBytes, Windows defender and
spyware blaster. Out of these AVG*, spyware blaster and adawarw are running
in real time.

The adaware AE is a real pain - it seems to have different 'excite' states.
It is in msconfig startup and services. If I disable the tray icon from
startup, the service will run and install itselfin the tray. If I disable
the Adaware AE in services, I cannot start Adaware manually when i want to.

Please advise further.

Thanks



Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7026
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:28:03
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
sptd

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

--------------------------
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7000
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:27:29
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
The General Purpose USB Driver (adildr.sys) service failed to start due to
the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
----------------------
Event Type: Error
Event Source: sptd
Event Category: None
Event ID: 4
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:26:56
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
Driver detected an internal error in its data structures for .

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 52 00 ......R.
0008: 00 00 00 00 04 00 04 c0 .......À
0010: b8 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ¸.......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........

--------------------------------
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Disk
Event Category: None
Event ID: 11
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:20:28
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk5\D.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 0f 00 68 00 01 00 b6 00 ..h...¶.
0008: 00 00 00 00 0b 00 04 c0 .......À
0010: 03 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0028: cc 3c 00 00 00 00 00 00 Ì<......
0030: ff ff ff ff 06 00 00 00 ÿÿÿÿ....
0038: 40 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 @.......
0040: ff 20 06 12 08 01 30 10 ÿ ....0.
0048: 00 00 00 00 14 00 00 00 ........
0050: 00 00 00 00 b8 d7 21 8a ....¸×!Š
0058: 00 00 00 00 08 f0 08 8a .....ð.Š
0060: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0068: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0070: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0078: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0080: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0088: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
----------------------------
Event Type: Error
Event Source: sptd
Event Category: None
Event ID: 4
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:16:26
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
Driver detected an internal error in its data structures for .

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 52 00 ......R.
0008: 00 00 00 00 04 00 04 c0 .......À
0010: b8 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ¸.......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
----------------------------
Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Disk
Event Category: None
Event ID: 51
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:13:33
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk3\D during a paging
operation.

Data:
0000: 03 01 68 00 01 00 b6 00 ..h...¶.
0008: 00 00 00 00 33 00 04 80 ....3..€
0010: 2d 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 -.......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 ad 00 00 00 00 00 ..­.....
0028: 53 31 00 00 00 00 00 00 S1......
0030: ff ff ff ff 03 00 00 00 ÿÿÿÿ....
0038: 40 00 00 c4 02 00 00 00 @..Ä....
0040: ff 20 0a 12 4c 02 20 40 ÿ ..L. @
0048: 00 00 00 00 0a 00 00 00 ........
0050: 00 00 00 00 e8 e2 00 8a ....èâ.Š
0058: 00 00 00 00 70 ce 40 8a ....pÎ@Š
0060: 00 00 00 00 80 56 00 00 ....€V..
0068: 28 00 00 00 56 80 00 00 (...V€..
0070: 40 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 @.......
0078: f0 01 06 00 00 00 00 0a ð.......
0080: 00 aa 55 41 28 00 01 00 .ªUA(...
0088: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
----------------------

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7000
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:10:50
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
The General Purpose USB Driver (adildr.sys) service failed to start due to
the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified.

--------------------------------

Event Type: Error
Event Source: sptd
Event Category: None
Event ID: 4
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:10:17
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
Driver detected an internal error in its data structures for .

Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 52 00 ......R.
0008: 00 00 00 00 04 00 04 c0 .......À
0010: b8 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ¸.......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
------------------------------

Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Disk
Event Category: None
Event ID: 51
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:06:18
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk3\D during a paging
operation.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 03 01 68 00 01 00 b6 00 ..h...¶.
0008: 00 00 00 00 33 00 04 80 ....3..€
0010: 2d 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 -.......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 a9 00 00 00 00 00 ..©.....
0028: 67 e6 00 00 00 00 00 00 gæ......
0030: ff ff ff ff 03 00 00 00 ÿÿÿÿ....
0038: 40 00 00 c4 02 00 00 00 @..Ä....
0040: ff 20 0a 12 4c 02 20 40 ÿ ..L. @
0048: 00 00 00 00 0a 00 00 00 ........
0050: 00 00 00 00 c8 d5 1d 8a ....ÈÕ.Š
0058: 00 00 00 00 08 c0 14 8a .....À.Š
0060: 00 00 00 00 80 54 00 00 ....€T..
0068: 28 00 00 00 54 80 00 00 (...T€..
0070: 80 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 €.......
0078: f0 01 06 00 00 00 00 0a ð.......
0080: 00 aa 55 41 28 00 01 00 .ªUA(...
0088: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
-------------------------------------





Gerry said:
kandinsky63

Have a look in the System and Application logs in Event Viewer for
Errors and Warnings and post copies here. Don't post any more than 48
hours ago.

You can access Event Viewer by selecting Start, Control Panel,
Administrative Tools, and Event Viewer. When researching the meaning
of the error, information regarding Event ID, Source and Description
are important.

HOW TO: View and Manage Event Logs in Event Viewer in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308427/en-us

A tip for posting copies of Error Reports! Run Event Viewer and double
click on the error you want to copy. In the window, which appears is a
button resembling two pages. Click the button and close Event
Viewer.Now start your message (email) and do a paste into the body of
the message. Make sure this is the first paste after exiting from
Event Viewer.

How much large is your C partition and how much free disk space does it
have?

What are your anti-virus and anti-spyware arrangements?


--




Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
G

Gerry

kandinsky63

Is your version of Adaware the free or the purchase version? In my opinion
retaining Adaware adds little to your protection given that you also have
Spybot S & D. Adaware and Spybot S & D conflict.

The error reports from your Event Viewer System log are indicating more than
one problem with communications between the computer and your drives. These
will cause the boot process to slow. The amount of RAM is not part of the
problem.

You mentioned that you have Windows XP SP3 but did not mention the version
of XP. Is it Home Edition, Professional or ????

You have also said you said you have three hard drives. Can you provide
details and which, if any, are external drives? There are also indications
that a hard drive has been removed. Please provide details.

Are there any yellow question marks in Device Manager? Right click on
the My Computer icon on your Desktop and select Properties,
Hardware, Device Manager. If yes what is the Device Error code?

Are any devices malfunctioning? Select Start, All Programs, Accessories,
System Tools, System Information. Open Components under System Summary
and click on Problem Devices. Is anything listed there?

--

Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




kandinsky63 said:
Gerry

Before I begin listing, are u sure u want the last 48 hrs worth? There
are a lot of errores listed in Event viewer/system - only about 3 in Event
viewer/applications. I have pasted some below - is this what u want?

Also I have AVG8, Adaware AE, Spybot, MalawareBytes, Windows defender and
spyware blaster. Out of these AVG*, spyware blaster and adawarw are
running in real time.

The adaware AE is a real pain - it seems to have different 'excite'
states. It is in msconfig startup and services. If I disable the tray icon
from startup, the service will run and install itselfin the tray. If I
disable the Adaware AE in services, I cannot start Adaware manually when i
want to.

Please advise further.

Thanks



Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7026
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:28:03
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
sptd

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

--------------------------
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7000
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:27:29
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
The General Purpose USB Driver (adildr.sys) service failed to start due to
the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
----------------------
Event Type: Error
Event Source: sptd
Event Category: None
Event ID: 4
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:26:56
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
Driver detected an internal error in its data structures for .

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 52 00 ......R.
0008: 00 00 00 00 04 00 04 c0 .......À
0010: b8 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ¸.......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........

--------------------------------
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Disk
Event Category: None
Event ID: 11
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:20:28
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk5\D.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 0f 00 68 00 01 00 b6 00 ..h...¶.
0008: 00 00 00 00 0b 00 04 c0 .......À
0010: 03 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0028: cc 3c 00 00 00 00 00 00 Ì<......
0030: ff ff ff ff 06 00 00 00 ÿÿÿÿ....
0038: 40 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 @.......
0040: ff 20 06 12 08 01 30 10 ÿ ....0.
0048: 00 00 00 00 14 00 00 00 ........
0050: 00 00 00 00 b8 d7 21 8a ....¸×!S
0058: 00 00 00 00 08 f0 08 8a .....ð.S
0060: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0068: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0070: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0078: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0080: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0088: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
----------------------------
Event Type: Error
Event Source: sptd
Event Category: None
Event ID: 4
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:16:26
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
Driver detected an internal error in its data structures for .

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 52 00 ......R.
0008: 00 00 00 00 04 00 04 c0 .......À
0010: b8 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ¸.......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
----------------------------
Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Disk
Event Category: None
Event ID: 51
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:13:33
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk3\D during a paging
operation.

Data:
0000: 03 01 68 00 01 00 b6 00 ..h...¶.
0008: 00 00 00 00 33 00 04 80 ....3..?
0010: 2d 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 -.......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 ad 00 00 00 00 00 ..­.....
0028: 53 31 00 00 00 00 00 00 S1......
0030: ff ff ff ff 03 00 00 00 ÿÿÿÿ....
0038: 40 00 00 c4 02 00 00 00 @..Ä....
0040: ff 20 0a 12 4c 02 20 40 ÿ ..L. @
0048: 00 00 00 00 0a 00 00 00 ........
0050: 00 00 00 00 e8 e2 00 8a ....èâ.S
0058: 00 00 00 00 70 ce 40 8a ....pÎ@S
0060: 00 00 00 00 80 56 00 00 ....?V..
0068: 28 00 00 00 56 80 00 00 (...V?..
0070: 40 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 @.......
0078: f0 01 06 00 00 00 00 0a ð.......
0080: 00 aa 55 41 28 00 01 00 .ªUA(...
0088: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
----------------------

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7000
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:10:50
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
The General Purpose USB Driver (adildr.sys) service failed to start due to
the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified.

--------------------------------

Event Type: Error
Event Source: sptd
Event Category: None
Event ID: 4
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:10:17
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
Driver detected an internal error in its data structures for .

Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 52 00 ......R.
0008: 00 00 00 00 04 00 04 c0 .......À
0010: b8 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ¸.......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
------------------------------

Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Disk
Event Category: None
Event ID: 51
Date: 01/03/2009
Time: 15:06:18
User: N/A
Computer: ROMAN-8DA73EA63
Description:
An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk3\D during a paging
operation.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 03 01 68 00 01 00 b6 00 ..h...¶.
0008: 00 00 00 00 33 00 04 80 ....3..?
0010: 2d 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 -.......
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 a9 00 00 00 00 00 ..©.....
0028: 67 e6 00 00 00 00 00 00 gæ......
0030: ff ff ff ff 03 00 00 00 ÿÿÿÿ....
0038: 40 00 00 c4 02 00 00 00 @..Ä....
0040: ff 20 0a 12 4c 02 20 40 ÿ ..L. @
0048: 00 00 00 00 0a 00 00 00 ........
0050: 00 00 00 00 c8 d5 1d 8a ....ÈÕ.S
0058: 00 00 00 00 08 c0 14 8a .....À.S
0060: 00 00 00 00 80 54 00 00 ....?T..
0068: 28 00 00 00 54 80 00 00 (...T?..
0070: 80 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ?.......
0078: f0 01 06 00 00 00 00 0a ð.......
0080: 00 aa 55 41 28 00 01 00 .ªUA(...
0088: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
 
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Patrick Keenan

kandinsky63 said:
Hi

I have an Asrock P4VM800 mobo which has 2 x dimm RAM sockets for
PC3200(DDR400) modules - max 1GB per slot. Currently each DIMM has a 512MB
PQi DDR400 module inserted.
CPU is Celeron D 3.06GHz

I decided to increase the overal RAM and installed a 1GB DDR400
Dane-electric Value RAM in DIMM 1 leaving the 512MB in DIMM 2. Before I
booted up I tested the new 1GB ram with memtest84 and windows memory
diagnostics - by itself and in combination with the other 512MB RAM
installed. Both configs passed the test.

However, I dont think that I have observed any perceptible improvement in
the performance of my system with an extra 512MB.

Which isn't too surprising.

On a standard XP install with 512 meg RAM, adding more RAM won't "improve
the performance". The system will not run faster.

More memory can, however, reduce performance *degradation under load*, such
as when you have large files or multiple applications open.
Is there any software/test out there that can determine/evaluate the
performance of new RAM addition.??

General use is a good general indicator.

But you should not expect a speed *increase*.

HTH
-pk
 

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