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Do I Need More Ram And If So What Kind?


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#1 ROZCKA

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 03:57 PM

:thumbsup: Hi to all and here's hoping you can help me: since yesterday my pc has been playing up but it's just the boot up which is VERY slow taking 20-30 mins to complete. I have no lack of speed with anything else like online or just working offline. I've scanned with Antivirus,Spybot, Adaware all in Safe Mode and defragged plus cleaning out all the temp files and cookies..but it's still really slow. Nothing seems to be using up loads of CPU so i can't figure it out. I've even cut down my start up functions to the bare minimum. I have'nt had WinXP pro on for long and it's been a pain in the neck since i installed it. My system ram is 320mb and i have an INTEL PENTIUM II processor 331MHZ. If i need more RAM to run XP efficiently wot type of RAM do i buy for this old pc??Any help would be great as i've run out of ideas now and really need the input............thanks ROZ

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 04:42 PM

You should have enough RAM to run XP. 512 would be the least amount of RAM I'd prefer to work with on a modern system, but with one that old you may not be able to install that much. The bare minimum processor recommended to run XP is 300MHz, 400MHz recommended, so it'll run relatively slowly overall.

A half hour boot is pretty excessive for a boot up time, though. What programs are installed, other than standard Windows?
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Posted 12 July 2007 - 10:24 PM

Your computer meet the minimum spec for operating XP, but I agree with arcman you would appreciate the addition of more RAM. Microsoft suggest that you can get by with 128MB or RAM, but the truth is that it takes 512MB to get it going.

How big is you hard drive, and how much free space do you have?

If you do decide to add more RAM I would suggest that you go to the Crucial web site and use their configurator to determine what RAM will be compatible with your computer.

I hesitate to mention this, but this is an older machine, and adding to this may not be a wise investment.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:52 AM

Here's a very detailed white paper of system startup in XP: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/syspe...boot-winxp.mspx
Interestingly, it recommends using the Bootvis tool (which Microsoft has stated isn't recommended for XP).

Also here's some other links for system startup fixes:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/44690/slow-computer/
http://aumha.org/a/loads.htm
http://www.tweak3d.net/joomla/tweak-guides...nute-xp-tune-up
http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/runbetter.htm
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1785996,00.asp
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:54 AM

:thumbsup: Thanks for the quick reply guys. Yes this pc is ancient (a bit like me lol) i've been inside the casing this morning and cleaned it all up, it was full of dust, and hey presto! it booted up in record time. From the looks of things your both correct and it appears that i could'nt add ram anyway there's nowhere for it to go. I don't have many programs on just a few necessities to keep it healthy. Well she's back up and running, thanks again for your time and advice it is much appreciated...ROZ




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