Well, I would suggest that you increase the amount of RAM installed. 512MB will allow running of the system, but any heavy-duty program (e.g., MS Office, etc.) will find that amount borderline to too little.
Uninstall anything that is not necessary...Norton applications are memory hogs, the Google toolbar is not necessary at all. Remove any programs installed that are unused or sparsely used.
Go into your BIOS and change the amount of RAM allocated to video functions. It appears that you currently have 128MB of RAM devoted to such, try using 32MB for that function.
For virtual memory, let XP manage it.How to manually change the size of the virtual memory paging file
You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the administratorís group to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may prevent you from completing this procedure.
Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
Click the Advanced tab, and then under Performance click Settings.
Click the Advanced tab, and then under Virtual memory click Change.
Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file that you want to change.
To have Windows select the best paging file size, click System managed size.
I would also suggest disabling Windows Messenger, http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s...e/stopspam.mspx
. Not directly related but a useless service if one does not use it.
Edit: Run the chkdsk /r command equivalent, using the Graphical Interface, How to Understand and Use Chkdsk in Windows XP - http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/chkdsk.htm
. Put check marks in both boxes presented (Automatically fix/Scan for).
After the chkdsk has completed, then defrag the C: partition.
Edited by hamluis, 08 October 2009 - 11:35 AM.