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Chapter 9. Troubleshooting Memory, Proce... > Troubleshooting Slow System Performa...

Troubleshooting Slow System Performance

Although many different components affect system performance, such as the graphics card and hard disk, perhaps the two most important components affecting system performance are the memory and the processor (CPU). Although processor upgrades often require motherboard changes on desktop computers and can't be performed on notebook computers, virtually every computer can benefit from added memory. Also, even if you can't add more physical memory right now, you can also optimize your computer's use of virtual memory (a part of your computer's hard disk that handles overflow data from main memory).

Adding memory is not only one of the best ways to boost performance, but it is also one of the least expensive. How can you tell if you need to add memory? Here are some signs that your system may have a memory shortage:


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