Boosting your e3000
Ramusage: more memory?
For our production system
at Robelle, which currently has 112 Mb of memory, it showed that by
adding only 64Mb of memory, we could double the amount available to
users. Heres the actual output:
Class #LogicalPages #MB % total SYSTEM_CODE 3,406 13 11.9% SYSTEM_DATA 10,443 40 36.4% TURBO_DATA 2,923 11 10.2% USER_CODE 4,234 16 14.8% USER_DATA 2,882 11 10.1% USER_STACK 1,548 6 5.4% USER_FILE 3,235 12 11.3% Totals: 28,671 111 100.0%
User pages are 51.7% of memory (58 Mb out of 112 Mb)
If you added:
32 Mb, youd have 1.6 times as much User memory. ( 144 total Mb)
64 Mb, youd have 2.1 times as much User memory. ( 176 total Mb)
96 Mb, youd have 2.7 times as much User memory. ( 208 total Mb)
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Installing Ramusage is easy it only takes about 10-15 minutes. You can download it from Allegros Web site at www.allegro.com/software/hp3000/allegro.html#RAMUSAGE
three downloadable formats: :LZW, Store-to-disk (STD) and tar.Z with
instructions for each, but you must set up the Allegro account
After downloading to my
Windows PC I uploaded to my 3000 using FTP. If you have never enabled
FTP on your e3000, it is easy. Just follow the instructions on the
Web page at www.robelle.com/tips/ftp.html
Now where do you buy more memory? Well, you can get it from HP: outfield.external.hp.com/cgi-bin/spi/main.pl if you know the part number...
Or you can try one of the 14 third-party vendors who are listed under Memory at the comprehensive vendor listing at www.triolet.com/HPVend/hpvend.html.
Or try www.solutionstore3000.com for a list of vendors (select Product Name = Memory and leave every search criteria as no option).
For example, Kingston listed the 64Mb for our 928LX at $286, whereas HP was charging $1,090 (all prices are in US dollars). See the Kingston Web site at www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/kepler/mfrmod.asp.
Another source might be third-party hardware maintainers like the ICS Group (www.icsgroup.com) which had 128Mb for $600.
Finally, if youre really lucky (and brave), theres eBay (www.ebay.com). The day that I looked there were offers for 9x9 systems, so I contacted one of them (Sales@Hprecovery.com) and was quoted 128Mb for $95. At that price it was worth the risk.
However you buy
memory, it will probably take some searching around, because
availability is likely an issue. But it is also probably the cheapest
and easiest way to boost your system performance.