Monday, October 25, 2010

A ReadyBoost tip

I own a relatively old laptop (a once-glorious ASUS Lamborghini VX2) which is limited to 2 GB of RAM. The box is now showing its age, especially when using VS 2010. (Not to mention the lack of a WDDM 1.1 driver for the NVidia Ge Force GO 7700, which makes developing for WP7 a horrible experience). To make things run smoother (or at least to try to make them run smoother), I removed all the “Visual experience” checkboxes in VS 2010 (under Tools / Options) and bought an 8 GB USB flash drive for ReadyBoost.
With the standard FAT formatted file system, ReadyBoost is limited to a 4 GB cache. It does make things a little better but barely worth the effort. Recently I read an MSDN article on this subject that stated that this limitation goes up to 32 GB if you format the flash drive using NTFS. After doing so, I got a 7.7 GB ReadyBoost cache (not the full 8 GB because the manufacturers measure capacity in a different but interesting way) and a noticeable improvement for my old box. Now VS 2010 does load a bit faster and the whole thing does feel a bit more agile.
No luck with the NVidia driver, though…

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