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is this even POSSIBLE? (ram question)

vegas-stevenvegas-steven Registered User regular
Hi,

I am mr software when it comes to computers. i always had a friend that would actually do a build for me.
but i did put together a little crap computer for my wife with windows xp on it.

so the question that i have is whether or not by me putting in mismatched ram i was slowing it down considerably.

today i had another computer open taking out the power supply. i needed the wives to test his machine. during that time i just popped out one of her ram modules.
she had a 256mb and 512mb... different brands (heck, probably different types)
i took the ram out just to see if the computer may run faster... took out the 256 and restarted it.
after i FINALLY removed superantispyware pro the machine seems to run signifigantly faster!

i checked the bios and it states (1)512 meg in one bank @ 333mhz single channel ram.

now, superantispywarepro was pirated. and recently ive stopped pirating software... so removing it wasnt a big deal (anyone wanna recommend a good FREE solution?) but it only took up about 150 megs of memory while running. even with the extra ram i removed i was still over 512, but at 512 and that program gone this machine seems...

almost brand new.

so what.
1) what is a good antispyware that isnt going to kill the system
2) should i reinstall that 256meg bank of ram? or did that really cripple it.

thx for helping a guy out with any insight!

Steven

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http://www.youtube.com/vegassteven
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    HerroHerro __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2009
    Don't mix ram like that. Does more harm than good.

    And 256mb is worthless anyway. Trash it.

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    RBachRBach Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Put the 256 back in and see what speed your RAM is running at then. You might also do some benchmarks comparing the computer's performance with and without that extra memory.

    As for free antispyware software Malware Byte's AntiMalware is pretty good. I'm a fan of Microsoft's new Security Essentials, too.

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    ViscountalphaViscountalpha The pen is mightier than the sword http://youtu.be/G_sBOsh-vyIRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Hi,

    I am mr software when it comes to computers. i always had a friend that would actually do a build for me.
    but i did put together a little crap computer for my wife with windows xp on it.

    so the question that i have is whether or not by me putting in mismatched ram i was slowing it down considerably.

    thx for helping a guy out with any insight!

    Steven

    Memory always works better in pairs and full banks of identical sets. Maxing it out is a very good idea. 2gb isn't expensive at all and is fairly standard these days. What kind of motherboard is running in it? Maybe we can help you figure out what you need.

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    Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Also, you should just install MSE on that PC. Since they're probably running pirated AV software as well.

    MSE is a God send.

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    DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    150MB sounds like a giant footprint for a realtime virus scanner. As a comparison my virus software (Trend) has 3 services running right now which together take up less then 50MB.

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