I'm trying to increase the ram on my old computer with a 2 GB sd card. You can configure Windows to use an SD card like RAM and I'm wondering if Ubuntu has that same ability.


If I am correct you need to format it as a swap partition:

  1. Plug in the SD card.

  2. If Ubuntu automounts the device, unmount the device.

  3. Use sudo mkswap /dev/sda1 (assuming /dev/sda1 is you SD card)

  4. Do sudo swapon -p 32767 /dev/sda1 (again assuming /dev/sda1 is you SD card)

and that should do the job

You can check this by typing cat /proc/swaps into a terminal and you should see you device listed (/dev/sda1)

  • How effective is that likely to be in increasing performance? Your run-of-the-mill SD card isn't all that fast. – Marc Jun 24 '13 at 0:15
  • I've done this myself and unless you have a fast SD card or really low ram you are unlikely to see any increase in performance. ZRAM, on the other hand, really seemed to help out my older play-around laptop with 1.5GiB RAM when running lots of Chrome windows. – Scott Goodgame Jun 24 '13 at 6:57

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