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

From   "Kieran McCaul" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Best laptop specifications to run version 9.0 and 10
Date   Fri, 3 Oct 2008 06:29:34 +0800

If your available RAM has decreased over time, it's probably because
there are now a whole lot of programs loading into memory when you start
up your computer.  A lot of these you don't need, so you need to check
from time to time and see what it is doing at start-up.

I use TuneUp Utilities.  This is software that cleans up my computer.
It defrags the registry, gets rid of temporary files, etc.

It also has analyses how Windows is set up and makes recommendations for
turning things off which use RAM or the processor.
I'm running Vista Business version and there are a whole range of things
that can be turned off, apart from Aero.
I turn just about everything  off and get my Windows setup as lean as I

If you really want to strip down the operating system, you should have a
look at:\

The guy who runs this page has listed every "service" that Windows
loads, explains what it does and whether or not you can disable it.

Kieran McCaul MPH PhD
WA Centre for Health & Ageing (M573)
University of Western Australia
Level 6, Ainslie House
48 Murray St
Perth 6000
Phone: (08) 9224-2140
Fax: (08) 9224 8009
The fact that no one understands you doesn't make you an artist.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rafal
Sent: Friday, 3 October 2008 5:37 AM
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 <>
> My laptop runs Vista Ultimate 32bit with 3G of Ram. I used to be able
> -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.
> line: big jobs in Stata belong on a desktop computer, preferably with
> 64bit OS (and 64bit Stata)...
> Martin
> _______________________
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Lachenbruch, Peter"
> <>
> To: <>
> 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
>> 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:
>> [] On Behalf Of David
>> Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2008 1:51 PM
>> To:
>> 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
>>> 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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