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#1 oliver123

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 05:20 AM

Hi

I have a Dell inspiron 1150 laptop running on XP.

It has a 30gb hard drive (plus I usa an external WD 250gb hardrive)

It has two 256mb chips giving a total of 512mb ram.

Recently I have been using Photoshop CS3 and after prolonged periods of use on this program or others the computer slows down, freezes, makes some clicking noises and then goes to a blue screen. The next day it will start up and run without any problems. The computer also runs fairly slowly when surfing the net or having a couple of programs open at once.

What I want to know is.....

How to stop it crashing to the blue screen?

Is there anyway of finding out if something is damaged or is it just overheating?

Should I upgrade my ram? And if so with two 512mb chips or one 1gb chip plus one of my existing 256mb chips?

Or should I just buy a new machine?

Thanks


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#2 garmanma

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 07:11 AM

Generally, clicking noises indicate a dying hard drive. You can find the manufacturer of the drive and download their diagnostic utility. Maximum memory for your computer is 2 gigs. More memory never hurts.
http://www.crucial.com/
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#3 oliver123

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 05:52 PM

Hi

Thanks for the info.

As far as I can tell Toshiba don't have a diagnostics tool?

So lets say worst case I need a new hardrive and some extra memory - should I replace them or jsut buy a new machine??????

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 06:35 PM

The parts are a lot cheaper than a new laptop
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 01:24 AM

Yes indeed if you can still get a good machine, just upprade it. Or if you do want to get something new, you can also sell this laptop and buy a new one.




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