Would A Ram Upgrade From 1Gb To 2Gb Help At All?

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i would not expect 2GB to make a great deal of difference
to test that boot up the PC and then burn a CD and see how much memory is used in task manager - i suspect you will still have a lot to spare
task manager will also give you the CPU usage would be worth looking at that
i suspect its the time to write to the DVD/CD
 

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I agree with etaf - as he would expect - he is more experienced than I am.

However I would add that if this is the standard computer as supplied by HP using the integrated graphics then I opine that IGb is unsatisfactory not particularly as etaf says for this matter but generally.

The computer will accept 4Gb ram, albeit of course that 32bit Windows will only see 3.2Gb
It is dual core processor and I have always found that to take full effect of the benefits of dual core, all ram must be populated. As you have only two sticks of 512 clearly this is not the case.

The reason I say that 1Gb is insufficient - depending on that integrated graphics - if it is. Then that is of course using system memory to start with
Internal onboard graphics using system memory - so if the integrated graphics are even only 64Mb, my bet is that physical memory available on Task Manager, depending on how many processes are running will be woefully insufficent.

Speed of processor - Athlon 3500 - HOWEVER that is 2.2Ghz.
Although it will only burn a DVD RW at 4x it will according to your spec burn a DVD at up to 16x depending on type. - of course faster burn speed can result in errors.
 

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I have a 5 YO HP Pavilion a1130n desktop PC running Windows XP SP3 and 1 GB ram (512MB x 2, dual channel, 4 slots total). http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...nfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=483902 I mostly use it for ripping DVDs and burning DVD copies. It takes an avg of 30 mins to rip a DVD and 16 mins to burn a blank DVD at 4X. Would a RAM upgrade help w/ the speed times?
Since you have 2 slots filled with 512 MB modules and have 2 slots empty, I would fill the empty slots with 512 MB modules and give that HP Pavilion a1130n the benefit of 2048 MB(2 GB) of RAM.

It's not going to speed up and shorten your CD/DVD burning time by much, if any at all, but the extra RAM will come handy if you do anything memory-hungry.

And DDR PC3200 modules aren't expensive to buy.

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Pavilion a1130n Series

http://www.memoryx.net/hepapaa1me94.html

http://www.memorystock.com/memory/HewlettPackardPaviliona1130n.html

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