Posted 24 January 2010 - 01:29 PM
I have a Toshiba Satellite P35 Series laptop with Windows XP Home. It has a Pentium 4 3.46GHz processor and 512MB RAM (shows only 448 usable).
It's five years old and is starting up and running slowly. Sometimes I tire of waiting for it to "settle" and will just turn it off and then start it up again because that seems to help it get untangled from whatever it's doing. I use my laptop mostly for IE and Microsoft Word.
I've downloaded Glary Utilities freeware and did the basic cleanup and checking of stuff. I don't recall that it was a sudden change from high performance to slow performance, and I've got AVG free anti-virus software that says that nothing is infected.
I'm wondering if I just don't have enough RAM. When I open the Task Manager, Performance tab, it shows very little CPU usage, never higher than 25%. I don't understand the numbers at the bottom, like "Physical Memory" etc. I'm wondering if one of those numbers tells me how much of my RAM I'm currently using, which would hopefully tell me if my slow computer is due to not enough RAM.
thanks for any answers!