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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 17:40:15 -0400

i have a number of windows "services" turned off as well as areo,
maybe that helps?




On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 5:37 PM, Martin Weiss <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> wrote:
> What`s your secret then?
>
> HTH
> Martin
> _______________________
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Rafal Raciborski"
> <rraciborski@gmail.com>
> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2008 11:36 PM
> Subject: Re: st: Best laptop specifications to run version 9.0 and 10
>
>
>> 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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