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Any trouble expected when I increase RAM ??

Postby soup2511 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:47 pm

I want to boost my RAM from 4GB to 8GB.
What are the most common problems which I may face ?

I use Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon on HP-Pavillion dv6- 6155tx.
HP dv6-6155tx
Intel core i5-2430M @ 2.4 GHz
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM / 750GB HDD
Intel HD3000 / ATI Radeon 6490M 1GB
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Re: Any trouble expected when I increase RAM ??

Postby xenopeek on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:53 pm

Aside from making sure you pick a RAM module that is compatible with your system, and its current RAM modules, you would really only need to be concerned with one thing. Namely, if you want to be able to hibernate your computer (suspend to disk) you are recommended to have a swap partition equal in size to your RAM.

So if you increase your RAM, you should check how big your swap space is and possibly enlarge it. To check, open a terminal and run:
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free -m

On the last line, the first number shows the total number of MiB of RAM (should be 8192 at least if you install 8 GiB RAM). To enlarge it if needed, boot your computer from the Linux Mint installation ISO and use GParted from there to resize the swap partition.

But if you aren't using hibernate, no issues :wink:

Edit: you might have to run the following command from the Linux Mint installation ISO, from a terminal, to disable it using your system's swap partition. Else GParted will not let you resize it.
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sudo swapoff -a
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Re: Any trouble expected when I increase RAM ??

Postby igor83 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:03 pm

xenopeek wrote:Aside from making sure you pick a RAM module that is compatible with your system, and its current RAM modules, you would really only need to be concerned with one thing. Namely, if you want to be able to hibernate your computer (suspend to disk) you are recommended to have a swap partition equal in size to your RAM.

So if you increase your RAM, you should check how big your swap space is and possibly enlarge it. To check, open a terminal and run:
Code: Select all
free -m

On the last line, the first number shows the total number of MiB of RAM (should be 8192 at least if you install 8 GiB RAM). To enlarge it if needed, boot your computer from the Linux Mint installation ISO and use GParted from there to resize the swap partition.

But if you aren't using hibernate, no issues :wink:

Edit: you might have to run the following command from the Linux Mint installation ISO, from a terminal, to disable it using your system's swap partition. Else GParted will not let you resize it.
Code: Select all
sudo swapoff -a


That is interesting. I'm glad you brought that up about the swap partition. And here I was thinking swap was useless nowadays. So that's what it's for.
My desktop runs 64-bit Kubuntu 13.04, my htpc runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia Xfce, my answering machine runs 64-bit windows 7, and my laptop runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia KDE. Each seems suited to its purpose.
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Re: Any trouble expected when I increase RAM ??

Postby soup2511 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:29 am

xenopeek wrote:Aside from making sure you pick a RAM module that is compatible with your system, and its current RAM modules, you would really only need to be concerned with one thing. Namely, if you want to be able to hibernate your computer (suspend to disk) you are recommended to have a swap partition equal in size to your RAM.

So if you increase your RAM, you should check how big your swap space is and possibly enlarge it. To check, open a terminal and run:
Code: Select all
free -m

On the last line, the first number shows the total number of MiB of RAM (should be 8192 at least if you install 8 GiB RAM). To enlarge it if needed, boot your computer from the Linux Mint installation ISO and use GParted from there to resize the swap partition.

But if you aren't using hibernate, no issues :wink:

Edit: you might have to run the following command from the Linux Mint installation ISO, from a terminal, to disable it using your system's swap partition. Else GParted will not let you resize it.
Code: Select all
sudo swapoff -a




I agree , the swap partitition thingy is a nice touch !! :mrgreen:
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4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM / 750GB HDD
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