That was quick:
- Order placed with Crucial yesterday afternoon around 1.30pm for 2 sticks of 2GB RAM.
- UPS guy called this morning at 11.30am with RAM.
- Dell D630 laptop upgraded to 4GB RAM with the help of this tutorial. Only took about 20 minutes, although unscrewing and removing the keyboard was a bit nerve wrecking.
- Rebooted and found that Linux only found 3.5GB of the RAM but fixing that is simple:
# apt-get install linux-headers-server linux-image-server linux-server
- Reboot and I see 4GB RAM. Should make running Firefox and Bibble Pro 5 a lot less painful. Both memory hogs.
4GB of DDR2 RAM only cost me about 50 Euro. I’m sure I have a receipt for 8MB of SDRAM I bought years ago. Cost me 100 quid then. So, 4GB of RAM back then would have cost a small fortune.
Edit: the server kernel has terrible video performance (unsurprisingly), I’ve gone back to the desktop kernel and will recompile it when that 500MB of RAM becomes a real necessity (or I move to a 64 bit version of Ubuntu).