Former Writer · Nov 3, 2012 at 09:00 am

SwapConf Script Makes Virtual Memory Easy on OG Droid

The last time we brought you news about the Motorola Droid, it was staving off irrelevancy by getting a Jelly Bean ROM. It’s an iconic device to be sure, and many of us remember the engaging commercials upon the phone’s release. Now, the old device is getting a virtual memory script that makes it easier to use a swap file.

For those who don’t know, a swap file is essentially auxiliary memory. You use storage space as RAM in order to allow your device to run more things. XDA Senior Member mrvek has released a script that makes using a swap file ridiculously easy. It’s called SwapConf, and the features include:

– Automatic detection of partitions and files: if you do not have a dedicated swap partition, script uses swapping to file – first on sd-ext and if that one does not exist then it swaps to sdcard. Swap partition takes precedence over files. This should work no matter if you have or do not have ext partition (for app2ext) on sd card.

– ability to start and stop swapping where ever it may be configured: biggest advantage of this is that you can stop swap if you have it on your /sdcard so you can use mass storage mode. Also, you can test various sizes for swap files or how your system works when swap is disabled, without need for a reboot

– misc. activities: view status of swap partition/files and status of memory

Given that the device just got Jelly Bean and it only has 256MB of RAM, using a swap file can help users run the latest Jelly Bean just a little bit better. The script should be pretty easy to use. Just run it and make some selections and your virtual memory experience begins.

To learn more, check out the original thread.


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