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Re: st: Best laptop specifications to run version 9.0 and 10


From   "Rafal Raciborski" <rraciborski@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Best laptop specifications to run version 9.0 and 10
Date   Thu, 2 Oct 2008 17:36:55 -0400

i have a year old hp laptop with vista business and 2g ram and never
had problem setting memory to 1400m



On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 5:27 PM, Martin Weiss <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> wrote:
> My laptop runs Vista Ultimate 32bit with 3G of Ram. I used to be able to
> -set mem 1000m-, sometimes, when I got lucky, 1100m. Then, after a few
> months, it went downhill dramatically. Now I never make it past 500m. Bottom
> line: big jobs in Stata belong on a desktop computer, preferably with a
> 64bit OS (and 64bit Stata)...
>
> HTH
> Martin
> _______________________
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Lachenbruch, Peter"
> <Peter.Lachenbruch@oregonstate.edu>
> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2008 11:22 PM
> Subject: RE: st: Best laptop specifications to run version 9.0 and 10
>
>
>> I just got a new computer with Vista (Business) on it.  I had some
>> problems installing Stata 10 on the machine - partly there were
>> incompatibilities with the operating system, but a call to tech-support
>> got it fixed.  The other part of the problems were caused by my
>> inverting two letters in the code to unlock Stata - I'd like to blame
>> someone else, but I can't.  Anyway, huge compliments to Kevin Crow of
>> Stata
>>
>> Tony
>>
>> Peter A. Lachenbruch
>> Department of Public Health
>> Oregon State University
>> Corvallis, OR 97330
>> Phone: 541-737-3832
>> FAX: 541-737-4001
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of David Kantor
>> Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2008 1:51 PM
>> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>> Subject: Re: st: Best laptop specifications to run version 9.0 and 10
>>
>> At 03:45 PM 10/2/2008, Adrian wrote:
>>>
>>> [...]
>>>
>>> I want to know what are the best specifications for a laptop in
>>> order to run Stata with a big dataset, that keeps growing.  I am not
>>> doing a lot of statistical simualtions, but from time to time need
>>> to run some marginal effects for logits/ probits and when I RESHAPE
>>> some of the databases, it takes over 20 minutes in my current laptop
>>> (over 3 years old).
>>>
>>> One of the main issues i am facing in my current laptop, is that if
>>> keeping other applications running (excel, or outlook) makes stata
>>> to fail to save files back in my hardisk
>>>
>>> Laptop is important because I telecomute and mobility is a plus.  I
>>> guess the question can be framed as what is more important RAM
>>> versus proccessor speed?  Or AMD versus Intel processors?  Speed of
>>
>> hard disk?
>>>
>>> is there any other configuration specification that I am overlooking?
>>>
>>> I you have bought a new laptop recently to run stata, i appreciate
>>> if you can let me know the particular specs and budget
>>>
>>> thanks
>>>
>>> Adrian
>>
>> Let me step around your question. When you experience these episodes
>> of slow performance, you might be using virtual memory. If so, then a
>> memory upgrade may be what you need, rather than a whole new
>> computer. Generally a memory upgrade can significantly improve
>> performance in many situations, and is much more economical than
>> getting a new computer.
>>
>> You said that the presence of other applications causes Stata to fail
>> to do certain things. That shouldn't happen; it might slow thing down
>> to a crawl, but it shouldn't cause any other effects within Stata. If
>> that's really happening, I'd call it an operating system problem.
>>
>> On the other hand, when I need to use large amount of memory, I'm
>> inclined to close down all those other applications (and run only one
>> instance of Stata) -- to avoid those problems.
>>
>> If you do get a new computer, and if you run procedures that involve
>> a lot of temp files (e.g., -reshape-), then you may want to go for a
>> fast hard drive.
>>
>> If you do get a new computer, and it's a PC, you may be forced into
>> getting Vista, which some people find to be a disadvantage. That's a
>> whole other story.
>>
>> HTH
>> --David
>>
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