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#1 aJ.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 05:11 AM

I was going to attempt to fix my grandmas' computer. The problems are:
Slow startup/restart
Slow overall performance
When downloading a file AOL will freeze(Reboot is needed.)

The computer stats are as follows(This is info on the side of computer.):
Intell Pentium 4 processor 2.66GH
120GB hard drive
256MB PC-2100DDR (exp. to 1.0GB)
DVD/CD burner with DVD+RW drive
40x max. CD-Rom drive
845 GVintell extreme graphics with max. 64mb dynamically shared memory
Four USB 2.0 Ports
Two I.link(IEEE1394) Digital interface ports


I have a spare 512mb card. The card has a sticker on it with it's stats. They follow:
MT16VDDT6464AG-265B1 PC2100U-25330-B1
US BZABSF8001 2000247
512MB, DDR, 266MHz, CL2.5

I don't know what of that was use full, but my question is. Is this card will work with this computer and will it speed the overall speed of the computer. If not could someone please advise me on the correct way of going about this.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 05:24 AM

I'll let someone else answer your RAM question, but you should check out Bleeping Computer's excellent Slow Computer Checklist.
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Posted 05 July 2007 - 05:28 AM

Yes, I know at least this much, I've all ready done these before even trying to ask for help. The computer is nearly empty about 10GB used, and no viruses, and all used AVG anti-spyware 7.5, As well opened the computer and used a compressed air can to blow all the dust away.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 05:35 AM

Have a look in the Event Viewer for any errors at the time of the freezes.

How To Use the Event Viewer
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Posted 05 July 2007 - 05:46 AM

OK thanks, but still the computer is slow over all even with out internet it's slow.I'm sure if the "slowness" gets fixes then AOL wouldn't freeze on her when she tries to download a file.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 05:52 AM

If you open the Task Manager is anything eating up an excessive amount of CPU or memory? Maybe you could list a few of the processes that are using the most resources.
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Posted 05 July 2007 - 06:11 AM

What is classified as excessive usage? Like firefox takes 34,000k about What would be over normal and slow down?

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 06:15 AM

That doesn't sound excessive for FireFox. I'm more interested in CPU. Is anything taking up a lot of CPU (apart from the System Idle Process).
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Posted 05 July 2007 - 03:27 PM

FWIW, your spare RAM module is compatible with that PC. It even happens to be the same speed (PC2100).

Keep in mind that there are more important issues that are slowing it down and should be addressed first.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 04:22 PM

What else is there, I've cleaned out unnecessary programs, spyware, there was no viruses, cleaned the dust out from inside, defraged. What else is there that would help speed the computer up?




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