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Will An Upgrade Do Enough?


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#1 oliver123

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 06:40 PM

Hi

System - HP desktop with 64mb ram and Celeron processor model 8, stepping 6. CPU speed 734mhz. XP2000.

I have just put my mother in laws computer on line, added SP2 and Avast anti Virus and it is struggling - "not enough virtual memory".

I can upgrade upto 512mb but don't know whether this will be enough for the machine to function properly?

It will be used for a bit of word processing and some basic internet use with the odd trip to Facebook etc. Does anyone know if it will run okay with 512mb or is it destined for the dustbin??????

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 07:07 PM

Hello Oliver,

The system will be a bit slow with those specifications, An upgrade to 512MB RAM and some fine tuning of windows services may give the system a boost.

To solve the low virtual memory problem you will need to increase the page file http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555223

To fine tune window to disable unwanted features that use resources http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm should help.
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Posted 10 August 2008 - 09:20 PM

You should upgrade your RAM, if it is possible. RAM is far more efficient and faster than virtual memory. Once you run out of physical memory (RAM), the PC often uses virtual memory.

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:58 AM

Yes, definitely get that RAM upgrade. You'll see a noticeable difference. I would recommend double checking the memory's parity, speed etc to make sure it is compatible with the system.

Btw, I'm not sure what you mean by XP2000?

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 04:39 AM

Thanks for the help. Just meant that the machines is using Windows XP but it's actually 2002 not 2000. Sorry!

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 04:59 AM

I get it now. Thanks for clarifying. :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 07:39 AM

No problem, glad to help.

You could use a Linux based operating system that will use fewer resources.
Regards,

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 01:44 PM

Thanks for your help.

Got the memory only problem is that Crucial said that the machine needed pc133 when it needs pc100.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:01 PM

That might be a problem, can you send back the unneeded RAM?
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