Posted 30 October 2010 - 06:29 AM
My wife has a seven year old Dell desktop Dimension 8250 with Win XP, Pentium 4, 2.8 gh, and only 256mb of PC1066 non-ECC RDRAM. The computer has always been slow, but now is almost unusable. It is unbelievably slow to boot up, respond to commands, etc., hangs up often, etc. I have scanned all and it appears to be virus/malware free so I assume the slow operation is a fault of inadequate RAM.
The RAM in this computer is two 128 mb sticks of PC 1066, non-ECC, RDRAM. This type of RAM is not readily available and is somewhat expensive. PC800 speed RDRAM is slightly less expensive but not sure if it will work or be advisable to use for an upgrade.
Because of the cost of a RAM upgrade we are wondering if it would be wise to buy more RAM for this old computer or start all over with a new computer. Thoughts??
In an effort to get by with what she has, would it help or be beneficial to reload the XP operating system to gain the benefits from a clean system?