Help with speed up/expand Physical Memory

March 3, 2011 at 05:30:00
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 CPU T5600 @1.83GHz RAM: 1.00 GB

I am using my brothers laptop for the forseeable future. Its a Dell XPS M1210 that runs on Windows Vista.

It is incredibly SLOW! It struggles to run more that 4-5 web pages even when nothing else is open and it takes an age to power up.

When you run task manager (with just five IE windows open now) it shows (under performance) a CPU usage of less than 8% but "Memory" and the "Physical Memory Usage History" guages show that is constantly at almost 100% capacity. Further details here show the following:

"Physical Memory MB"
Total- 1013
Cached 199
Free 7

"Kernel Memory MB"
Total 163
Paged 112
Non Paged 51

The system info under control panel has the following:

"Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 CPU T5600 @1.83GHz
RAM: 1.00 GB
System Type: 32-bit Operating System"

Even my "dummies guide to computers" knowledge seems to show that the RAM is pretty low. Is this the same thing at the Physical Memory showing up under Task Manager? Would this be the cause of it all running so slow? (I've ran virus scans and deleted unwanted software)

Is there anyway of increasing RAM if this is the case? Could I buy more RAM and fit it myself or would this be incredibly difficult. Could I just supplement the exisiting RAM?

Any direction/advice/wisdom would be awesome, espeically if it means I can work like a normal person again and not have to tune out for 30 seconds between doing anything.

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March 3, 2011 at 07:16:25
Five ie windows is gonna make your system run slow and u are right about low memory. Your system can handle up to 4gb of memory(2gb per slot ddr2 667 200-pin sodimm 1.8v).

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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March 8, 2011 at 01:20:33
I found another post with a similar problem and they recommended using Chrome instead of IE. I have to say it has helped quite a bit. The laptop has gone from being rage of fit inducing slow to just slow.

Any other practical suggestions?

Anyone know if its possible to manually increase your RAM by installing new hardware and if this is a common/reasonably doable thing?

I'm not expecting miracles here, just somthing similar to my own old laptop that was also running off of 1GB of RAM.

Could having a small hard drive also slow the computer down? This system seems to only have 72GB, is that even possible?

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