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#1 Braxton

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:23 AM

Well, been messing with my computer some more now that I have it going again. It is an older model, dell 2350 dimension. It runs slow, I mean slow on some things. Esp internet. It is a pent 4, 1.8 I think, 256mb ram, 60gb hard drive. If you open 2 internet pages at once, it will all but shut down. I had task manager up last night and while downloading on just one internet page, comp usage would hit 100% throughout the download.

When I had dialup I really had no trouble, just noticed the trouble after I got dsl, although it has been several years since I had internet on this comp. Guess my question is, should I just upgrade my ram to see if that helps, is there something else wrong, or is it a possible virus? I didn't see any other processes running and I have been going through and trying to delete things I hadn't been using. I am wanting to upgrade to 1gb ram, but just wanting to be sure I am not needing something else also. Thanks for any help.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:54 AM

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp...ion+2350+Series

More ram would help a lot but with an older computer I would also try to clean it up

http://www.malwareremoval.com/tutorials/runningslowly.php

Avoid any security suites with a "heavy footprint"
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:08 PM

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/product...mp;sku=A0740406

This was what I was looking at, I missed the sale last week, and have been kinda waiting to see if it comes back on sale.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:18 PM

If you have Internet Explorer 7 try this,

Open IE
At the top right click Tools
On t5he menu click Internet Options
When the box appears click on the Advanced tab
Scroll down to Security
Locate the Phishing Filter
Click on the circle next to Disable Phishing Filter to put a dot in it
Click Apply
Click OK
Close IE
Reopen IE & it should be faster.

The "Phishing Filter" is another useless feature that drastically slows pages from loading.
The best "Phishing Filter" in the world is common sense .
Don't be tricked in to giving out your personal info.
Unless you open something that you expect to have to enter a user name & password, or other personal info, simply don't provide it.
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:26 PM

I will try that too, I know that since I have hooked the dsl up it seems like every page I bring up asks about leaving a secure network or loading unsecure items and it is getting old!!

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:47 PM

Well, did most of what was listed and it seems like it is helping somewhat. I haven't tried 2 web pages though, mainly cause it won't open but one at a time. Still tops out on comp usage, but not as much.

I have been looking at more memory. Dell says my motherboard only supports 1 gb. After reading some reviews from other people, they say the board will actually support 2 gb. From what I have found it is an intel 845gl board in a dell dimension 2350. How do I find out exactly which board it is and how much it will support? I do know it only has 2 slots on the board.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:02 PM

If crucial and dell say 512 meg sticks then I would believe them
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:34 AM

http://www.motherboards.org/mobot/motherbo.../Imperial-GLVE/

http://compare.intel.com/pcc/showchart.asp...p;culture=en-US

I was trusting the other sites and hadn't even thought about anymore ram until I read those reviews. Looks like Intel rates it at 2 gig. I guess another question is on a computer that old, with just a 60 gig hard drive, would I see the 45-50 dollar advantage to go from 1 gig to 2 gigs of ram? Also, might there be a reason to only run 1 gig, like 2 gigs might cause heating issues or something? just curious. Thanks

Edited by Braxton, 26 February 2009 - 09:36 AM.


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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:41 AM

That board had a lot of revisions and each company had different bios's
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:42 AM

From your intel link

Max Memory 2 GB
Mbit Support 512/256/128 Mbit


2 slots x 512 is not 2 gigs
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:47 AM

Coo, still learning and didn't realize to look at that too. I realize the math involved, just not how to spec out a motherboard. Thanks

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:24 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....%28PC%202700%29

You would be best served by waiting for a good deal with 2 matched 512's at 333 cas 2.5

free shipping is a must

since your motherboard doesn't support dual channel it's not necessary for them to be matched but I prefer it for maximum performance

Edited by DaChew, 26 February 2009 - 10:25 AM.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:54 PM

What about matched ddr 400? The dell cards I looked at were 400, figured it would make it a little faster just not sure how much? Also, do the heat spreaders help with anything? Looks like about the best timing I see is 2-3-3-6.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:35 PM

You bios and chipset(northbridge) will determine how fast a stick can run, it looks like you are limited to 166/333, cas 2.5.

Some 200/400 cas 3 ram will not run at 2.5 and 333

You are starting to get a handle on a very complexe field
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 07:16 PM

I hope I am grasping some of it, if it was a motor I would just tear into it, but with computers I have to start at square one and learn it all!!




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