rmrichesjr wrote:Application startup is very slow with the new image. I have seen a few different instances of people double clicking on an application's icon, waiting for a while, giving up, double clicking it again, then eventually having to get rid of dialog boxes complaining that the application was already crawling, er running. I have seen this with MLS on the ward machine and IE in the FHC. It's much slower than the previous XP Home-based ward system.
Is additional RAM the recommended solution?
Are there other recommended solutions? Is there something the stake folks can do to tune the system?
Or, should users just expect to read a Psalm or two while waiting for each application to start?
Well, to speed up the overall system, there are numerous
reports on other lists that upgrading to 512 Meg will speedup
the startup of the computer, printing, and a few other things.
Speeding up MLS, on the other hand is up to the developer's.
One completely unauthorized speedup for English speakers
is to remove all the other language files from MLSStrings.jar.
I won't go too much into this as it will cause your machine to
no longer be able to be "patched" from transmissions to/from
CHQ. This speed improvement was mainly only on the
Startup of MLS anyhow. About 10-20% faster.
Since MLS 2.3, I have submitted through the appropriate
channels a request that they split MLSStrings.jar into
multiple files, so only the language you are currently
using resides in valuable RAM memory but without
any replies, or public bugtracker; I have no idea if I
was ever heard.
If you do upgrade memory, though, one trick is to
take all the memory from one machine and put it
into another machine, and then get an upgrade kit
for the empty machine.
Each machine has two 128 Meg Chips out of a total of 4 slots.
So you move the memory from one machine so one is empty
and one has four 128 Meg chips or 512 Meg Ram total.
Then you buy a 512 Meg upgrade kit comprised of two 256 Meg chips.
Thus upgrading both machines for the price of one.
Also, a weekly defrag can help out with performance (a vert little)
in addition to any recovery if you ever lose files.
Even monthly doesn't hurt.