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#1 Krooz

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 06:00 AM

I have an older desk top that a friend built. It's comparatively slow but does the job or at least has until lately. I think all the graphics and animation on so many sites now is the culprit and my machine can't handle it - I'm guessing here. Go to the NFL home page, for example and I might as well forget it and head for the laptop.The thing will frequently bog down - take forever - and often lock up on me.

Normally I use the desktop just to pay bills and do some light surfing but would like to see it operate better - I don't really want to spend the cash for a whole new machine. It's a 1.15GHZ, AMD ATHLON Processor, 256 MB RAM. I'm running XP Service Pack 2.

So - Would adding more RAM help or can I optimize in some other way? I'm sure I haven't provided enough here but any advice would be appreciated.

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:48 AM

You need RAM.

That being said, go into taskmanager and see how many processes you have running. Just a generalization, but on a normal system, without junk, I usually see ~32 processes running at idle. When you get a lot of background programs eating memory and CPU cycles, it slugs everything down. You can also go to "MSCONFIG">startup and eliminate unnecessary startup programs.

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 03:04 PM

Use caution in the MSCONFIG program as you can cause all sorts of things to stop working properly. That PC is quite old, soon, a more extensive upgrade might be needed. Did a company like Dell or HP build your system? If so, which model is it?

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 11:13 AM

Definitly RAM. Sounds like its one of the Socket A ATHLONS, upgrading that would increase the smoothness of currently running programs, however it looks like you would need a new board too upgrade it as the Socket A's are pretty hard too come across. Changing the board means you need new RAM, and processor. Unless you really need it, which it doesnt really sound like, I'd recommend against it.

On the other hand, RAM is pretty cheep and most kinds are pretty easy too find. This will decrease load times significatly.
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Posted 18 September 2009 - 05:49 AM

Thanks for advice. I found and pasted below the info on the build (an ME at work built it for me way back when). It sounds like adding RAM is the thing to do but if I'm reading this right I probably can only add another 256 184pin chip - correct? Or do I need to open it up and see how many empty slots I have? I appreciate the help.....

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:52 PM

According to the posted specs, it looks like you have 4 slots, able to accept a max of 4 Gigs of DDR memory.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 08:51 AM

duh! - I don't know why I didn't see that. Great - I'll try that route.....

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 10:41 AM

Thanks for the RAM advice. I put in 1 GB of DDR RAM this morning and everything loads a LOT faster!! Wow. Much appreciated - I don't visit often, but as always, this is a great site......! :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 03:12 PM

Glad to hear it worked out for you, Krooz. :thumbsup:

In my opinion/experience, Microsoft's minimum requirement of 256 MB of RAM, is a joke.
Sure, XP will run with those specs, but just barely.
In reality, 512 MB should be the minimum.
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Posted 26 September 2009 - 05:18 PM

Back when MS released XP in 01', 256 MB was considered a lot. At that point, it was sufficient, but they should really update specifications when they start releasing Service Packs.
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