READYBOOST - it WORKS!


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Guest

Hello everyone -

I thought I would let you know that Vista has a real neat feature THAT
REALLY works without any bugs.

Stick in your USB key and go into properties, and turn on ready boost. It
takes up around 300MB of your USB key (temporarily) for prefetch, and
increases vista performance.

I have a 1ghz sonoma proc, and 1 gig of ram, and still you can feel an
improvement
 
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Luis Hirschberg

There is a limit to the minimum of the USB key..

I tried my 128 one and it didn't work :)

what is the minimum ? 512MB ?
 
G

Guest

I tried to use a 256MB device...you really need a 512MB because a 256 device
is formatted at 235MB and therefore cannot be used by readyboost.
 
M

milleron

There is a limit to the minimum of the USB key..

I tried my 128 one and it didn't work :)

what is the minimum ? 512MB ?

Shazam! I plugged in a 1GB thumb drive, and it set up 840MB for
boosting system memory. It actually displayed a slider that allowed
me to customize the amount to be dedicated to this task. Perhaps I
can detect a little improvement.
How does this work?? Does it use the flash memory as a RAM disk? Does
it just add it to system RAM? Does it move part of the swap file to
the flash memory?

(Parenthetically, my thumb drive is a U3 version with built-in AV,
mail, and other small apps that run independently of the host
computer's OS. U3 doesn't work under Vista.)
 
G

Guest

readyboost uses the memory on the flash drive as a ram disk, and loads
frequently used dlls there. I have a built-in memory card reader that I never
use, so I just got a 1gb card to use for readyboost, and leave my usb ports
open.
 
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Guest

Thanks for the tip. I'm successfully using my SanDisk Sansa m230 512MB mp3
player with ReadyBoost :D

I've got a 1GB ProDuo card for my digital camera, but no card reader on my
laptop. I was thinking of buying a PCMCIA card reader for it - would this
allow me to also use ReadyBoost, or would I need to get a USB 2.0 card
reader? Any thoughts?

I'd like to leave my USB ports open if possible since I only have 2, but of
course would like to have an extra gig of ram when not using my camera...

Thanks
 
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Guest

pcmcia might be fast enough, but that would depend on both the card and the
card reader. my internal card reader is fast enough, but I have some cards
that aren't.
 

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