Hi, I've debating for awhile what, where and how to post about my computer. I'm not to computer savy about all the interior parts on my computer. But I will try my best to describe everything I can. As I think I have more than 1 problem, I didn't want to post them all seperately in different topics. I've been thinking about getting a new computer altogether, but would rather wait, financial reasons. But if it was more practical to just get a new one, than I probably would. My computer is 7 years old and was built at a localy owned computer store. As far as I know, to the best of my knowledge, this is the information about my computer:
Operating System: Windows XP
Antivirus Software: Norton
Firewall: Norton & Windows
CPU: AMD 750 Duron
Motherboard: Gigabyte MB-7ZX-1-GBT
Ram: 128 MB 133 Mhz Micron
Storage: Western Digital 20.5 GB
Video Card: ATI Expert 98 8MB AGP
Soundcard: Integrated VT696 3D Sound
Power Supply: Case Edge
Case: Case Edge
I also have Cox highspeed internet. I use IE and OE for mail. When I first had my computer I had PC Cillin. I guess it ran out and I didn't know it. My comp crashed. I went back to where I bought it. He had to put a new hard drive in. But he left the old drive in. Was that supposed to be left in? I transferred everything over to my new drive and deleted everything in my old drive. But it is still there. Like I said, not savy about this internal stuff. LOL. It seems like in the past year or so, my computer is slower than it's ever been. I seemed to notice that after I renewed Norton last July, it got slower. I do remember uninstalling the old Norton and installing the new one. I get a low on virtual memory notice all the time. At least once a day. I've cleaned out my personal files, which I do often anyway. I also bought a 2GB Sandisk Cruzer and transferred all the audio and video to that and deleted it all of my comp. The only thing I have on my comp are pics, which I'm always going through and deleting anyway. And I always resize them to way under 1MB. I try to defrag, disk cleanup and run the anti virus scan at least once a week. I also bought several other programs to see if it would help. I also have and run Spybot, Speedup My PC 3, Ad-Aware2007, Regcure and ARO. It seems after I run all these it will run better for awhile, but then gets slow again. Sometimes when I start my comp, I sort of have to let it "run" for awhile. LOL. Kind of reminds me of an old car that has to warm up. LOL. I don't have a lot of programs installed either. I just mainly use it for browsing and I like to play games on Pogo. Sometimes when I play games on Pogo, especially if I have OE open, it will get jammed up. All my windows will close. Then I get an error message icon from Java on my desktop. It usually says out of memory. Even when I go to defrag it will say there is not enough memory to do so. So when I play on Pogo I close OE. Sometimes even when I'm browsing the web, or trying to post on a message board, if I have incoming mail, IE will slow down and even jam up sometimes. And sometimes it will say "not responding". A lot of times I have to do alt-delete, to close the windows and sometimes it will beep at me. I don't IM either, never run them even though I have them. Right now my tower is quiet. Sometimes it sounds like there is something running loudly and that is when it is slow. Could be some of the cleaning programs I have set to run about once week, even though I do it manually also. OK, this is weird, and this happens now and then, I was just trying to type on here, froze a little, my volume adjuster came up for no apparant reason. And almost everyday we clean out the files in IE. It's freezing up on me right now as I try to type this.
Eventually, if I look into a new comp, I'd like to get one with DVD/CD burners and more memory. If I got more memory for this comp, would it help? Or should I just look into a new one. Also my monitor, I think, is on it's way out. It's very dark. And I think I have all the settings set properly. I know the brightness is on 100%. But everytime I open that adjuster using the nob in the front, I have a hard time with it. LOL. I don't really know what all the other things are for other than the brightness and window size. Is there something else I need to adjust? I think that just about covers everything. LOL. If there's any other info you need, I can do my best to post it. Or tell me what and how to do it, and I will. Thanks for all your help!
PS - my sister had bought her comp at the same place I got mine, she got hers first. She had to get hers fixed awhile back. I'm not sure where she went, I don't think it was back at the same place. But where she went, oh, I think it was a friend of hers in the comp biz, he told her it was basically junk. Now I'm wondering if mine is basically junk too. LOL.