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#1 Turaiel

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 03:03 PM

Ever since I upgraded my Dell Inspiron 1100 from 256 MB of RAM to 1 GB (2 sticks), the system has been SO much slower. I tried reinstalling Windows several times (I install different OS's, so I format quite a bit) and it hasn't helped much. Right now I'm running 40 processes, and everything still takes forever to start. How can I find out what's causing the problem and how I can fix it? I refuse to touch any of those apps that are supposed to make the system "much faster."

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 03:08 PM

have you checked to see if it actually shows 1GB ?
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 03:09 PM

Yes, and it indeed shows 1 GB of RAM.

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 03:52 PM

Have you ran a memory tester (Memtest) and checked the speed of your RAM?

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 04:09 PM

If you replaced 256MB of memory with 1GB & used the right kind of memory & the computer go slower something is radically wrong.

Go to the Control Panel
Click the System icon
When the box opens click on the Advanced tab
Where is says Performance click Settings
Click on the Advanced tab
Where it says Virtual Memory click Change

With 1GB of memory the settings should be

Minimum 1536

Maximum 2048

If the settings are different put a dot in the circle by Custom Size & click apply
Hilite the values , use Backspce to clear , & type in the new values.
Click Set
Click Apply Click OK
Close out to the desk top & restart the unit.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:00 PM

Have you ran a memory tester (Memtest) and checked the speed of your RAM?


Not recently, but I'll try it once I can get my hands on the laptop.

And... at fairjoeblue, I'll try that too
Thanks for the help so far, guys!

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 11:37 PM

question for fairjoeblue..what should the settings be for a win. xp home for 2 gigs ram? on a hp?
sorry if I am intruding, but I want to make sure my machine is ok, as well.
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Posted 16 May 2009 - 10:21 AM

"what should the settings be for a win. xp home for 2 gigs ram? on a hp?"

Minimum 3072

Maximum 4092

According to MS the minimum shold be 1 1\2 times the installed memory & the max should be 2X .

Edited by fairjoeblue, 16 May 2009 - 10:28 AM.

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