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    Default Flash Cache Module - Dell Inspiron 1520

    Hello everybody. I bought an Inspiron 1520 about three months ago and recently I started wondering what the "Flash Cache" option in the notebook's BIOS is. I can only set it as enabled when the AHCI is selected (SATA operation) so I guess it has some kind of connection with the hard disk drive.
    I am guessing that it could be Intel Turbo Memory, but I am not certain if my inspiron does have something like that. How can I found out? And if it really dows have the Turbo Memory...do I have to separately install a driver for it?
    Regards, ady_9.

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    Default Re: Flash Cache Module - Dell Inspiron 1520

    http://www.intel.com/design/flash/na...mory/index.htm

    Its not installed but can be. Its a waste of money, do not buy it.

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    Default Re: Flash Cache Module - Dell Inspiron 1520

    Quote Originally Posted by nizzy1115 View Post
    http://www.intel.com/design/flash/na...mory/index.htm

    Its not installed but can be. Its a waste of money, do not buy it.


    this of course is extremely subjective... i've read reviews saying it doesnt do jack and other reviews praising it for making things faster... personally i've noticed about 10 seconds off of my boot time while using it and if i take the card out of the laptop those 10 seconds go right back onto my boot time..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayno20 View Post
    this of course is extremely subjective... i've read reviews saying it doesnt do jack and other reviews praising it for making things faster... personally i've noticed about 10 seconds off of my boot time while using it and if i take the card out of the laptop those 10 seconds go right back onto my boot time..
    Anandtech did an extensive review on Turbo Memory and said it really offers no significant performance and in fact will hurt performance depending on the application. The OP would be better served installing 4GB of ram which I just bought (Crucial Value Select PC5300) from Newegg.com for $73.98 with free shipping.

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    Default Re: Flash Cache Module - Dell Inspiron 1520

    I haven't seen my RAM more than 70-80% occupied. Would the additional RAM help in this case? (I now have 2 GB RAM and use Windows Vista Business 64-bit) Would I be able to deactivate paging of the files? Couldn't I do that now?

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    Default Re: Flash Cache Module - Dell Inspiron 1520

    I would not suggest disabling your page file in Windows Vista. One thing Vista has in it's favor over XP is memory management. While it looks like you still have a lot of resources you never know if Vista will need the extra resources of the page file.

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    Default Re: Flash Cache Module - Dell Inspiron 1520

    I have 3gbs ram and have disabled virtual memory (slow access times from the hard drive) and my laptop is much snappier.

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    Default Re: Flash Cache Module - Dell Inspiron 1520

    Nizzy1115, could you please give me instructions in disabling the virtual memory? I will try using the laptop like that for a few days and if problems do appear, I'll just reactivate Virtual Memory.

    LE: So I deactivated paging of file. No difference what so ever...
    Last edited by ady_9; 26th April 2008 at 06:59 PM.

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    Default Re: Flash Cache Module - Dell Inspiron 1520

    Right click "Computer"
    Select "Properties"
    Under "Tasks" on the left hand side, select, "Advanced system settings"
    Select the, "Advanced" tab
    Select "Settings..." under the "Performance" section
    Select the, "Advanced" tab
    Select, "Change..." under the "Virtual memory" section
    Deselect "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives"
    Select your drives, hit "No paging file"
    Hit "OK"

 

 

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