For a newer system, one could make the argument that a swap partition was not needed, especially for those systems with large amounts of RAM. And for the majority of users, this indeed could work for them as most users don't really use their PC to its full capacity. However, there are some of us that tend to wring out every ounce of power from their systems with some applications and games which would necessitate a hefty swap file. On the notebook, I've always allocated at least 1GB of swap space, and there's been a couple of times where I wished I had given a lot more. Going to reinstall VL7 later this week and redo the SWAP partition, giving it around 8GB of space. I'll modify how often it's accessed and then see if I can squeeze just a wee bit more out of this poor ol' notebook.