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#1 goldenchild

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 09:29 PM

I have a Dell computer which I purchased around three years ago. It's had it's up and downs but recently it seems like there are many downs. I knoe have a computer is a lot of work but gush this is giving me a headache. I have limewire on my system and I guess that already is a issue but I don't believe its the root to all the problems my computer is facing. I recently purchased an external hard drive and it wasn't what I expected. I though purchasing it would give me space on my computer and allow my system to move faster. I was informed by someone from bleepingcomputer.com that I should have bought memory. I should have asked before i made a $80 purchase. Anyway I did all I think I can to clean up my computer but i'm sill encountering issues. My system is running Microsoft XP Home Edition 2002 Version. Its a Dell DIMENSION DIM3000. PENTIUM® 4 CPU 2.80GHZ 2.79GHz, 256 MB OF RAM. FILE SYSTEM: NTFS. FREE SPACE: 20.7 GB TOTAL SIZE: 71.4GB.
What can I do to make improvements on my computer? Where do I go from here? When I'm on the net I continousely get a pop up box saying that my virtual memory is too small. When I turn on my computer it says that my Virtual Memory is too small or there is none and i should try to change or increase it. If i'm online for a whle i'm able to use the net and then my page will just close up. If i have many tabs open it will definately close, I can't go to any chat rooms or play any online games.

Someone please give me some advice on what I should do next. Thank you in advance. Bleepingcomputer has always been a helping hand.
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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 09:55 PM

Hello,

The error you are seeing means that there is not enough space in the 256MB of RAM so it is asking you to create a space on the hard drive that can be used to help the load. To do this you need to go to right click my computer and select properties, when the window appears navigate to the advance tab then click settings under performance on the next window click advanced then click change. This will then give you the options for a minimum and a maximum value. The value can be usually anything from 2-4096 however for your case you will probably need 512MB.

If you want to upgrade the system then we need to do some research on each component.
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Posted 27 January 2008 - 11:04 PM

Are you suggesting that I upgrade my memory and if so is this what i need DELL
512 MB Module for a Dell Dimension 3000 Desktop System?
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 03:26 AM

You would get a lot better performance if you add more memory. That Dell has two memory slots which will take a maximum of 1GB in each slot. If you have just the one 256MB module you can add another 512MB in the other slot for about $33. at Crucial. This would make the computer a lot faster. If you don't know if you only have the one 256MB or two 128MB modules you can download SIW, just click on memory and it will show what you have in each slot.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:25 PM

Definitely more memory. Here is Crucial.com's suggestion. No matter where you buy your memory, pay attention to Crucial's footnote:

"If you receive a "Memory available limited to 256MB!" message after installing more than 256MB, enter BIOS and turn OS Install to OFF. Exit saving changes."
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Edited by garmanma, 28 January 2008 - 02:25 PM.

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