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Sorry, I don't think it'll make the blindest bit of difference. It's a common perception that more RAM will make a PC faster. That is NOT always the case. On benchmarks you'll find that as you keep adding RAM performance increases, then reaches a plateau and then drops. You are pretty much at the plateau and, considering laptop RAM prices, you're wasting your money IMHO. Do a benchmark before the RAM addition, and then one after, and you can decide for yourself.
A lot of things help speed from CPU to hard disk to mobo to type/speed of RAM. Settings in the OS, programs in the background, fragmented hard disk etc all make a difference. For goodness sake address all of those first.
Also be sure that you have optimized XP for best performance...
Right now, i have 118k of memory available to me. That is with 11 programs running right now. ducks!
My pagefile usage is pretty low, only 412mb.
I have 59 total processes running right now.
Some <cough>demo</cough> versions of Photoshop are no better than beta copies and will cause a higher load on your machine.
If a legit copy have you installed all upgrades and patches.
Also the size of the images you are working with will have an effect - if you are working on 10Mb + psd's then it will need more memory to work on it.
Also do you have your hard drive partitioned? If so make sure that the primary scratch disk is set to not be your C drive...
Hope this might be of some help,
when I happen to pull up adobe
Any of the adobe products like photoshop are massive resource hogs, or maybe better put, they require a massive amount of memory resources to work efficiently, keep in mind when you click 'undo' 10 times and your 5 mB file happily goes back to its earlier versions almost instantly this is because of all the ram photoshop, or fireworks, has requested.
If you use photoshop routinely, or any other major image processing program, then upgrading to 1 gig ram is a very good idea. No other apps will force this memory upgrade, you can open as many as you want and your system will probably still have many mB free, but open up a graphics app and the memory is used up. Same might go for video editing, I would assume so, though I've never used or tested that.