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


From   "José Luis Chávez Calva" <josechc@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 17:31:03 -0500

The best machine would be one with 4gb, a multicore processor (like
Core 2 Duo or AMD Turion 64), a very fast hard drive (7200 rpm or
solid disk) and a OS over 64 bits (like WinXP64 or Vista 64), but
working with STATA 10 MP 64 bits. Disadvantage: STATA 10 MP, too good,
too expensive for the commons.

2008/10/2 Rafal Raciborski <rraciborski@gmail.com>:
> 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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