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  1. Lock-N-Load

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    anyone out there, besides me, trying a swap app like Swapper for Root? The logic seems sound, like with computers, to setup a swap file on the SD card since our internal memory is so meager.

    I admit, I can't say I have "noticed" much of a difference in the last week. And my lag of app icons showing up - many report this in 2.2 mind you - has not improved, but just curious if others have tried a swap app of some type and noticed a benefit on the Droid D1's?
     

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    I'm trying this out myself and would love to hear other people's opinions.
    What size swap file do you use?
    Is there a way to check if it is working?
     
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    I used 500 MB.. the default is like 200 but I have lots of room and I figured if I was going to do it, I was going to give it plenty of room
     
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    wow.. so despite the utility shown in computers, and the soundness of the concept, no one uses a swap app?
     
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    I just installed Swapper 2 on my Droid today. I am quite simply blown away with the performance increase on my Droid. It feels like I have a new phone.

    I've been running with CyanogenMod 6 and a P3Droid 1GHz low voltage kernel (1GHz max, 250MHz min). The phone ran well, but I ran into a problem with the Droid's minuscule 256MB RAM.

    I have started listening to a lot of podcasts with the NPR app and Google Listen while using the browser with a few windows open. The NPR and Google Listen apps would be annoyingly terminated by Android as the browser started sucking up too much RAM.

    I got compcache working which prevented the podcast apps from closing. This was nice, but the phone would gradually become so laggy that it would be unusable and I've been rebooting the phone once or twice a day to speed it up.

    I gave up on compcache today and decided to try using swap. I repartitioned my SD card with a 32MB swap partition and installed the Swapper 2 app. Swapper 2 is set to start on boot and use the partition rather than using a swap file.

    I've been playing with this configuration for hours and I am amazed at the performance of the phone now. There's almost no lag anywhere and starting up and switching between big apps is extremely quick. I haven't needed to reboot once.

    The only concern I have is a premature wearing out of the SD card. I'm using the 16GB card that came with the Droid. I believe it's a class 2 SD card and I wonder if I'll get even better performance with a class 6?

    I'll make a new thread with this info so more people will see it.
     
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    I read both this thread and the new thread that you created, AoT. I might look into this myself - I have a major problem with being an app whore (I actually trimmed out 20 apps that I use so rarely that I figured it would help - it did, b/c I had enough space now to install Adobe AIR).

    My biggest problem is that so much stuff runs on boot, even stuff I don't necessarily *want* running, but that I realize that needs to run in order to be effective, that having an extra SWAP outside of the system may be beneficial to me.

    I am posting more in reply to neal in the other thread, and if it is OK with you, AoT and LnL, I think that both threads should be merged into a single thread.
     
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    Merging the threads is OK by me.
     
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    if that does not happen, for anyone that finds this, here is the more active thread and let's just not post in this one anymore
     

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