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Act 2009 - Improving Performance ... Any Hints?

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Act 2009 - Improving Performance ... Any Hints?

Hi Folks:

I have a client that is not pleased with the performance of Act 2009 (slow to open), even though his computers met the published requirements http://www.act.com/2009/system/

Their two workstations feature:

   1. 1.69 GHz  -  768 MB of RAM.  (we can bump memory to 1 GB)
   2. 2.79GHz  -   1 GB of RAM.  (we can bump memory to 2 GB)

HD Speed is 5400 RPM.

Other than replacing the systems, are there any options that will improve performance significantly (if any)?


Thanks in advance.

 
Larry.
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Re: Act 2009 - Improving Performance ... Any Hints?

The first machine is barely over the RAM requirements so I'd expect for performance to be sluggish. Keep in mind that those minimum system requirements assume nothing else is running, which isn't realistic. As with all software it will run as fast as the environment you put it in.

 

Additionally those are minimum requirement for the application to run, not minimum to run well.

 

 

 

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Re: Act 2009 - Improving Performance ... Any Hints?

I agree, that is barely enough pc power.

Need 2 gig of ram at least

Need at least 2+ gig processor and higher speed hard drive will make it all better.

 

 

Vista? 

If these are Vista platforms   by any chance  you can boost performance with these tools

Windows ReadyBoost For Vista ONLY
Use your USB Flash Drive to Add Memory or store data.
Windows VISTA SuperFetch    Vista ONLY
Enables programs and files to load much faster than they would on Windows XP–based PCs.
   
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Re: Act 2009 - Improving Performance ... Any Hints?

Good thought Bill. If those are Vista machines however they are below the minimum requirements in every aspect.
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Re: Act 2009 - Improving Performance ... Any Hints?

Right - On !! Thanks

 

Also if your $$$ options are strictly limited,  like some of our  ACT! users in similar situations, I can further recommend following freeware;

We also use these tools on a couple of our older XP pc's and when ram gets low, we can improve it enough to keep things working.

 

 

 

PC Memory Management Tools - Recommended FREEWARE
These utilities allow you to free physical memory in order to speed up your computer.
The more you open and close some pc applications such as ACT! or Outlook,
    the less RAM (memory )  resources you have. That can slow down or lock up your PC.
Using these tools means you do not have to reboot your pc to free up ram.
Do NOT use these tools to free up memory while these major applications such as ACT! or Outlook are running(close those apps 1st).
 

Do NOT set automatic thresholds either. Do things manually.

   The meter will show you how much memory is available so you will know when you are low on RAM.

Our recommendation for Windows-XP is:   Memory Optimizer
 (works well with XP or Vista)
http://www.tucows.com/preview/356015   freeware - Memory Optimizer 1.0.0.51  Published by: brentleim Software   www.brentleimsoftware.com
 
Our recommendation for Vista is:    RAM Idle LE   
 (works well on XP or Vista)
http://www.tucows.com/preview/214366  freeware - Ramidle LE 1.4    Published by: www.tweaknow.com   
Cheers - FSB
Bill Williams - Owner/Consultant/Trainer at Fill Staff "ACT! FOR RECRUITERS"
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Re: Act 2009 - Improving Performance ... Any Hints?


lmrazek@lcm-res.com wrote:

HD Speed is 5400 RPM.


 

 
 The hard drive dramatically affects the performance with the ACT! program. Upgrading to 7200 or 10K RPM hard drives would significantly improve performance.
 
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Re: Act 2009 - Improving Performance ... Any Hints?

Thanks to all for the feedback.

 

Quick followup question: one of the PCs can be upgraded to 2 gb RAM, the other only 1gb ... my thought is that the 1gb machine won't see much of a bump going from 768mb RAM to 1gb ... I think he's in upgrade territory.

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks in advance for the help.

 

Larry

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Re: Act 2009 - Improving Performance ... Any Hints?

Even with the changes to RAM, a system will only move as fast as it weakest component, so the increase in performance would likely not be significan't from just another couple megs of ram.