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#1 Hal06

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 09:12 AM

I hope that this is the right place to post this question. I have Windows XP on a Sony Vaio laptop. I almost always have Outlook and Firefox open. I often have iTunes and Word open as well. Sometime, when I have these programs open and switch from, say, Firefox to Outlook, the computer stalls for a longer than normal period before switching. Sometimes it happens instantaneously. Is this normal? Or, could it be a sign of trouble?

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 10:32 AM

How much RAM do you have? Sometimes, with that much going at the same time, you will slow down if you don't have enough RAM. I would recomend 1 gig of RAM for XP. If you already have that much, then, we'll have to try and figure it out... :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 12:24 PM

This problem could be due to spyware or virus, are you sure your system is free from these? i would suggest a spyware & virus check and if it clean check task manager then go to the performance and check how much ram is being used.

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 01:03 PM

Since this does not happen all the time, it is probably a function of available memory and how many resource-intensive applications you have open at the same time. If adding RAM is an option, that would help resolve the problem; do you run checkdisk and defragment your hard drive on a regular basis?
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#5 Hal06

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 01:25 PM

Yes, I try to run checkdisc and defragment on a regular basis. I'll check the RAM this evening when I get home. Instead of installing more, can't you use the harddrive as RAM?

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 07:17 PM

How does one check how much RAM a computer has?

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 09:10 PM

Start>Control Panel and double click on System, then the General tab. It should tell you in the bottom right hand corner. For your hanging processes, try monitoring it with Task Manager. It might give you a clue as to what's hanging up
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Edited by garmanma, 13 December 2007 - 09:11 PM.

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 07:39 AM

504 MB of RAM. Is that good or bad?

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:42 AM

You laptop has 512MB, with 8MB allocated to video memory. While not great, it should run OK. Personally, I'd add more. It's pretty inexpensive right now
You can enter the make and model here in their Memory Advisor Crucial.com. It will tell you what kind and the maximum amount. I'm not sure about Sony, some laptops you can select the amount of RAM for your video processor. With the additional memory you could then increase it
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 11:03 AM

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