Model Hp d330
OS WIN XP
CPU 2.394 GHz
RAM 1527 MB
128 x 2 (DDR 333)
256 x 1 (DDR 333)
1 GB x 1 (DDR 400)
Dual channel support : Yes
FSB speed : 533 Mhz
Number of RAM slots : 4
I have an Intel P4. Earlier I had 512 MB RAM
128 x 2 (DDR 333)
256 (DDR 333)
Yesteray I just added another stick
1 GB (DDR 400)
Immediately my boot time has increased by 30 seconds. I am running XP and as soon as I enter my administrator account, the computer freezes for 30 seconds and then resumes. It's definitely a memory issue, although I haven't been able to put my finger on the exact reason why this is happening.
I am now considering going for the following RAM setup.
512 x 2 (266 MHZ)
256 x 2 (266 MHZ)
This will give me 1.5 Gigs RAM (the amount I currently need), all nicely paired up and the memory bandwidth will also match my FSB width which is quad-clocked at 533 Mhz.
This is one option.
Now I have read in elsewhere that P4's perform better with the memory bandwidth being slightly more than the BUS width. And the recommendation was a memory speed of 333 MHZ for P4's with 533 Mhz FSB.
In that case I would go for the same configuration above with sticks of 333 Mhz in place of 266 MHz. In this case I could perhaps also use one of my old sticks of 256 MB (@ 333 MHZ)?
The most important thing for me is that the annoying boot lag needs to disappear and I am not sure which RAM configuration will solve it.
Also, my board supports dual channel as I have found out from www.crucial.com
Please tell me which one of the above configuration need I go for to remove the boot lag and also get some speed benefits or if there is some other configuration I might need to go for for optimum performance. Also if there might be some other reason why I am getting this boot lag.
I am wondering if it's even possible to avoid a boot lag with a RAM of this size (1.5 Gigs, which is the size I need given my computing requirements as of now).
Please let me know.
Thanks for all the help!