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Slow Laptop, Not Sure if Ready Boost is Working

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by pranaman, Jan 7, 2013.

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  1. pranaman

    pranaman Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I am in Laos and bought a used HP 6530b. It has Win 7 Ultimate. May not be an original copy. My friend has an Acer with Windows 7 Starter. Think it's legit.

    Now, mine only has 1 GB of RAM, hers has I think 4 GB, so of course mine is much slower. Will get new memory soon, but seeing what I can do in the meantime.

    1. I am using a 8 GB USB drive. The first time I plugged it in, ReadyBoost came up and asked if I wanted to use it. I said yes. I even formatted it to use specifically with Ready Boost. I take out the USB drive when I pack it up and move it around, and now when I plug it in, AutoPlay comes up, asks what I want to do with it - but it doesn't ask anything about using ReadyBoost. I thought that was odd and I don't know if the USB drive is doing anything. Lights will flash from time to time.

    2. I read and tried all the tweaks and speed-up things I could do. Closed the fancy display stuff. I even used the services tweaking list from Black Viper. I think it helped. My Task Mgr shows that I am running 34 processes with no browsers open. They all seem to show, while my friend is running 43 in her task manager, but it only shows 12 of them.

    I have 2 questions:

    1. How can I confirm if ReadyBoost is working and doing anything, since it doesn't show up in the AutoPlay menu anymore?

    2. Is there anything else I can do to safely speed up my system before I add more memory?

    Thanks
     

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    If your HP Compaq 6530b laptop has only 1 GB of RAM, you definitely need to add more.

    This is the recommended 4 GB(2 GB X 2) DDR2 PC2-6400 SODIMM kit for it.

    There was a lot of hype about ReadyBoost when Windows Vista was released, but in reality it doesn't really work.

    Adding more RAM is the answer.

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