Site visitor Tom Howkins asked about his poorly performing Toshiba Satellite L300:
Hi, I have a Toshiba Satellite L300 and for those of you who know the computer it is fairly old, and does not contain very much RAM at all.
I am also a promising music producer and DJ, so having a computer which maintains a stable cpu when running various production and dj software it vital for me.
However when running my traktor software for djing the cpu completely maxes out and i am unable to even load a song onto a deck.
Is there anything I can do to lower the cpu, anything other than buying a new computer as I don’t have the funds for this option. Will extra RAM help?
I responded to his question by noting that there were several configurations of the Satellite L300, with different processors and different amounts of memory. However, the memory from the manufacturer was 1GB or 2GB.
Unfortunately, Tom did not indicate which exact model number he had, so I couldn’t verify how much memory it came with or how much it was capable of using. However, the models I checked using the memory wizard at Crucial.com could handle 4GB of memory, which is what I would have expected for a computer with those processors.
That’s probably your cheapest way to increase your computer’s performance. Certainly, 1 GB is marginal for computer use and 2 GB may be not enough when you have very many applications running. I don’t know if the L300 computer shares its RAM with the video card, but I suspect it does that, too.
I suspect that he is getting hamstrung by Windows needing more memory (RAM) so that it is actively swapping RAM with Virtual RAM (using part of the hard drive as if it were memory — but a WHOLE LOT SLOWER).