When you do not have a lot of RAM, Protel products seem to become very dependant on 
you .swp file.  What size is you .swp file set
to?

I use 1GB on my small system, 3GB on my big one.


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Brian Guralnick
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Julian Higginson" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 9:31 PM
Subject: [PEDA] Protel99se and win2k fun


>
> Hey all,
>
> I just subscribed, looking for a bit of help if possible.... I have just
> started a new job, and I'm taking over an existing design in protel99. Now
> I'm very familiar with protel, however I'm getting a bunch of problems....
> generally crashing out (have had the whole computer reboot on me once, and I
> have had freezes, exceptions, out of range memory accesses, all the fun
> stuff)
>
> Basically the computer appears totally underpowered, its a PIII600 with just
> 128Mb RAM. (We've just found another 128 meg stick lying about and put it in
> this computer, which makes it run a bit more smoothly, but it has still
> managed to crash) I'm operating on a PCB that is 6 layers and quite large.
> (the PCB file is almost 8 meg) Oh, and it has an ATI video card, which I
> read about in the archives... hmm... so I spoke to my boss and I'm getting a
> new computer to work on, so I'm wondering what kind of specs are necessary?
>
> My guess is I need a good FSB speed more than I need the fastest processor.
> I'll need at least 512Mb of RAM. I'll need 7200rpm drive speed, for faster
> sustained disk transfers, and I'll need an OK graphics card, but no need for
> some super monster 3D engine....
>
> What sort of success has everyone on the list had with their computer
> setups?
> ie specs vs board size? and are there any manufacturers other than ATI to
> avoid?
> What features will help with screen redraw speed?
> what features will help with DRC time? (about 15 minutes per DRC at the
> moment)
> How much RAM do I need to throw at the thing to stop it going to swapfiles?
>
>
> thanks,
>
>
> Julian

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