changing swap size (fwd)

Zbigniew Szalbot zbyszek at
Tue Nov 21 02:56:53 PST 2006

As an update for RAM problems, it turned out I had to install BX SDRAM 
memory to get it to work. Interestingly enough, the original memory was 
not labeled as BX... but then... all that matters is that I have now 512MB 
RAM which is not too much but all I could afford to get at this point (BX 
RAM is much more expensive). I am interested whether this added RAM will 
minimize/exclude swap use.



---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 07:39:37 +0100 (CET)
From: Zbigniew Szalbot <zbyszek at>
To: Martin Alejandro Paredes Sanchez <mapsware at>
Cc: freebsd-questions at
Subject: Re: changing swap size


On Sun, 19 Nov 2006, Martin Alejandro Paredes Sanchez wrote:

>>> I think not. ¿Are your computer still swaping?
>> Yes, it is. I am planning to add more RAM.
> I mean, after you add memory, Are your computer still swaping?

I tried adding memory to it but it wouldn't accept it. I tried 512 SDRAM 
133Mhz, then 256 SDRAM 133Mhz but in both cases it failed to work with it.

It is an older Compaq machine. I had to shut it down yesterday to install the 
memory and after rebooting I saw that no swap was used. Today I see that a few 
KB of swap have already been used. Currently thy system has 320 MB RAM.

> If you can add enough memory, so you computer don't swap, you are gone to get
> best performance.

Yep, the problem only is why it wouldn't accept it. I am taking the 
specification it to the computer shop and will see if they are any wiser.

Thanks anyway!

Zbigniew Szalbot

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