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Is RAM the bottleneck in running lightroom?

I'm running on a centrino 1.5ghz laptop with 512mb of ram. I've impressed by adobe lightroom's functionality and ease of use. However, speed is rather sluggish. I see alot of rendering during thumbnail browsing as well as editing. It seems like lightroom likes to create and re-create thumbnail previews as i scroll around. Editing photos (like doing curves) also result in the photo refreshing back and forth between low and high res versions. This is really annoying.

I wonder what might be the bottleneck, and checked my ram availability as lightroom is running. While i still have 100~300mb of physical ram available, page file tends to run high at 600+mb.

My photos come from a 6mpx d70, 40% are RAWs.

I have no intention of buying a new system at the moment. If there's nothing else i can do i'd rather stick with picasa...

Advices?
 

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Is RAM the bottleneck in running lightroom?

I'm running on a centrino 1.5ghz laptop with 512mb of ram. I've impressed by adobe lightroom's functionality and ease of use. However, speed is rather sluggish. I see alot of rendering during thumbnail browsing as well as editing. It seems like lightroom likes to create and re-create thumbnail previews as i scroll around. Editing photos (like doing curves) also result in the photo refreshing back and forth between low and high res versions. This is really annoying.

I wonder what might be the bottleneck, and checked my ram availability as lightroom is running. While i still have 100~300mb of physical ram available, page file tends to run high at 600+mb.

My photos come from a 6mpx d70, 40% are RAWs.

I have no intention of buying a new system at the moment. If there's nothing else i can do i'd rather stick with picasa...

Advices?
2gb if possible. I upgraded mine from 1gb to 2gb recently and I am very happy. upgrade your laptops memory while it's still cheap for your model.

64 SGD for DDr2 1gb - very cheap :D - bought my mem at Best Bargain at Sim Lim.

for my old laptop, I just upgraded by 512mb and cost me 138 SGD IIRC. :cry:
 

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Tt's the prob... i'm using ddr333, which is OLD. 145 bucks per stick of 1gb dunno worth or not, given the lens, accessories i'm saving for.
 

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Tt's the prob... i'm using ddr333, which is OLD. 145 bucks per stick of 1gb dunno worth or not, given the lens, accessories i'm saving for.
2x145 = 290 is not cheap.

then you decide, buy a new one (system). but I tell you it's (RAM) not gonna get any cheaper. It's near extinction already.

The reason why I bought the VERY expensive 512mb bcoz the laptop is very special to me.

Buy now b4 GST increase. time is ticking :sweat:
 

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If you see that the slowdown is because your HDD is reading like crazy during those slowdowns, then yes, RAM will help - slowdowns caused by HDD reading is a sign that the pagefile is being used like crazy.
 

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haiz... $$$ again. Are there any photo management software that are quite as powerful as lightroom yet is less demanding? (got a feeling i'm asking for the moon)
 

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maybe its sign to get a desktop? or a newer laptop
:bsmilie: I'll do just that... provided i earn money for my photos. A hobby just can't justify such huge expenses.
 

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:bsmilie: I'll do just that... provided i earn money for my photos. A hobby just can't justify such huge expenses.

you can use your laptop for other purposes like, chatting, online game. So, considering, it's not 100% cost for photography only... btw, there are 12 months, 0% interest offered by CC. Make sure you leave your credit card at home after the purchase.. hehehe....
 

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If you are using notebook, nothing you can really help except upgrading your RAM OR changing a faster HDD.

For Desktop, upgrade RAM and at the same time, run your PC at RAID 0 (at least 2 harddisks) OR 5 (at least 3 harddisks) configuration will help on harddisk performance.
 

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