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Solved Improve performance of XP installed on 10-year old desktop

February 19, 2012 at 11:32:12
Specs: WinXP SP3, 1/ 512

Hello Folks,
I was using my old desktop for ~ 10 years, It was running Windows 2000 and didn't have any issues except last years it became very slow. I checked requirements for WinXP and noticed that my spec is higher than minimum requirements ... hence I installed WinXP SP3. My specs:
Intel Celeron 501 MHz, 512 Mb RAM, 16 Gb hard drive.
After installation my system is fully functional but I hardly could use it. I mean that I see that in average it uses less that 50% or RAM but CPU usage is almost 100% when I open Web browser.
My goal to use it ... actually just browse internet and check email. I started to use instead of IE another browser i.e. Chrome but still it uses 100% of CPU just when I open browser.
Could someone advice me if I could somehow tune it? I'm not going to buy additional hardware for this case ... just curious if I could somehow improve performance a little bit.
Appreciate any advice.
susja

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February 21, 2012 at 06:39:08

You MUST install IE 8
http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...

, or another newer internet browser.
IE 6.x is not supported properly by many web pages anymore, and you get long delays loading some web pages, and excessive cpu loading on slow computers, because IE 6 was not designed to handle the Java code the page is loading.

Obviously you must have been using a newer internet browser before in 2000, since you said it ran reasonably well.

You must install the main chipset drvers for your mboard after Setup has finished in order for your drives to be able to run as fast as they are capable of.



#1
February 19, 2012 at 11:56:30

Is this a laptop? When asking for help you should provide all the information possible.

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#2
February 19, 2012 at 12:25:59

If you have only 512MB of RAM, then your CPU activity will be high working your SWAP file.

Either install as much memory as you can, or, tweak/reconfigure your system memory parameters.

It's a good day when you learn something
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#3
February 19, 2012 at 14:06:47

Sorry guys. ... forgot to mention this is old desktop. I prefer to Gaucin it rather than buy anything. Currently I have 768 Mb of page file. How big would you recommend me to increase? What else I could tune to reduce CPU usage?
Thanks.

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#4
February 19, 2012 at 14:09:51

You are best off to let Windows manage the size of the page file automatically, the default
It will vary in size somewhat, depending on what Windows requires.

Going by your specs, your system is more likely about 12 years old, not 10, unless it is a generic system and someone cheaped out regarding the cpu that was installed. Computers that had 2000 installed on them were available as early as late 1999.

Your worst bottlenecks regarding using your particular computer with XP are your relatively old main chipset, old cpu type, and slow cpu speed. Old Celerons often used only a 66 mhz core speed, not 100 mhz or faster.

You would be much better off running 2000 on your computer, if you have a 2000 CD, or a Recovery CD set for your brand name model.

If you have neither, you may find a Recovery CD set for your brand name model here:
http://www.digitalmedia-labs.com/
http://www.restoredisks.com/
http://www.myrecoverycds.com/

HP and Compaq only
http://www.computersurgeons.com/

If they don't list your exact model, if you contact them, they MAY be able to provide you with them - e.g. the same disks may be used for several or many models made by the brand at about the same time.
......

XP just barely runs as it should when the computer has 256 mb on any system. Any less than that requires that the hard drive is accessed a lot more by the Windows swap file. If you're using onboard video that's even more so.
You should use at least 512 mb or more ram with XP. If you can install more ram that will help a bit, but not as much as you might think it would with your slow system.

I've found that for XP you need to install more ram with slow systems - a faster system may work well with 512 mb, for most things.
....

I presently have an old ATX HP computer that was discarded, Pavilion xt938, that a friend wanted me to install XP on (it has an XP Home sticker but it had no hard drive and only 128 mb of ram) , that is probably newer than yours, it has a 1.x ghz cpu, but it has an old cpu type, 100 mhz fsb and cpu core speed (with all 133 mhz ram), and old mboard and old main chipset that uses only the original SDram, and even with 512mb of ram installed it bogs down just like you've described, frequently. I'm going to discard that computer and give him a still old but much better performing Athlon computer that can use the same ram, instead.
(I have no 2000 CD, no spare 2000 license / sticker, and it's not a brand name computer.)
I also have an old 700 mhz original Athlon computer that doesn't bog down anywhere near as much with XP when it has 512 of the same ram.


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#5
February 19, 2012 at 16:09:32

Well thanks for reply. It looks to me chat based on what you are saying nothing would change performance in my case. That's sad.

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#6
February 19, 2012 at 17:46:54


I would be interested to see how this runs

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07099

larry


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#7
February 19, 2012 at 19:41:51

-larry,
sorry but I didn't get what you meant by that link.
susja

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#8
February 19, 2012 at 21:31:58

Previously I said...

"I'm going to discard that computer and give him a still old but much better performing Athlon computer that can use the same ram, instead."

I was wrong, that computer uses DDR ram, 1 gb in it presently.
Athon XP 2000+ cpu (1.68 ghz; AMD rates it equivalent to an original P4 running at 2 ghz or better)
I've presently got a PCI Radeon HD 2400 video card in it, so that's not a bottleneck.

I'm fiddling with it right now.

It runs XP fine.
Internet browsers work fine, with this exception....
when I play a video on Yahoo Canada
http://ca.yahoo.com
the cpu is frequently loaded to 100% . About the same in IE 8 and Firefox. For some videos, 100% cpu loading all the time, there's no sound.
The same videos in IE 8 on my Athon 64 x 2 6000+ MCE 2005 / Vista computer in XP with 3 gb of ram installed average no more than 15% CPU loading.

Current videos, at least, were not meant to be played on older computers

No bloddy wonder I got only freeze frames, or worse, when I tried to play videos on Yahoo on my K6-III 400 computer - 128 mb ram - in 98SE in the Opera browser. .


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#9
February 20, 2012 at 07:45:06

Here's a list of XP Tweaks from Black Viper. Ignore the page file tweak - you don't have enough RAM - just let Windows handle it.

http://www.blackviper.com/2002/04/1...

If you don't want to disable System Restore, you should at least change the settings. By default, SR uses 12% of the HDD space, in your case, it would be approx 2GB. Each restore point is approx 25MB, so that means you could conceivably have 80 restore points backed up. That chances of needing even 1/2 that many are extremely slim. Dial it down to the bare minimum of 200MB.

Which anti-virus program are you running? Norton, McAfee, & many of the other retail AV programs will suck the life out of a system. Try Microsoft's free Security Essentials:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

Install CCleaner-Slim & use it regularly. If you click Tools > Startup, you can manage all the Startup apps. Anything that loads at startup slows the list. Most startup apps can be disabled with the exception of security.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

You have a small/slow HDD so don't install a bunch of unnecessary crap. Install just what is needed for whatever it is you use the system for. Avoid Google Chrome, if you feel you need a browser other than IE, use Firefox. And make sure you've installed all the latest available drivers for your hardware.

After making all the above tweaks, defrag the HDD.


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#10
February 20, 2012 at 08:42:50

COMPUTER SPEED AND PERFORMANCE:

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
Computer Speed and Performance May Decrease
When you open, then close programs, programs may not free up RAM memory. That is called
"Memory Leak". Restarting computer will clear out its RAM memory.

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
HOWTO: Set Performance Options in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How to Configure Paging Files for Optimization and Recovery in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How to Clear the Windows Paging File at Shutdown

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How To Move the Paging File in Windows XP


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#11
February 20, 2012 at 12:27:38

"larry,
sorry but I didn't get what you meant by that link."
the link is an operating system. If you can create a bootable cd, boot the live cd, if the internet & sound work, install it to the hard drive. Otherwise follow everything in post #9.


larry


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#12
February 20, 2012 at 12:56:04

You would be much better off running 2000 on your computer !!!

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#13
February 20, 2012 at 15:15:56

Well ... I'm tired to tune up this ...
I spent so much time following all your recommendations but still no luck. It performs very bad, CPU ~ 100%.
I am starting to think to re-image back to 2000( I found a recovery disk ). It looks that 12 years old computer just not capable to run normally XP.
I'm a little bit afraid of not supported 2000 ( I believe MS dropped support for it ) but on the other hand the rest of my computers in the home are Linux and I think I won't harm it.
Do you really think it worth to try 2000?
Thanks,

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#14
February 20, 2012 at 15:27:01

http://www.litepc.com/xplite.html

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#15
February 20, 2012 at 15:30:22

You could always nLite the installation and remove the stuff you don't need; which is what I did with both my Dell 866MHz PIII (512MB RAM) and My EeePC 701 (2GB RAM and only a 4GB SD-HDD). While both run XP pretty decently, a 500MHz Celeron may still struggle:

http://www.nliteos.com/

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#16
February 20, 2012 at 15:43:30

You said:

"I was using my old desktop for ~ 10 years, It was running Windows 2000 and didn't have any issues except last years it became very slow..."

You already know it runs reasonably well in 2000, whether it originally came with it or not. .

I said:

"Going by your specs, your system is more likely about 12 years old, not 10, unless it is a generic system and someone cheaped out regarding the cpu that was installed. Computers that had 2000 installed on them were available as early as late 1999."

When you install 2000, or the Recovery disks for your brand name model that include 2000 if that applies, from scratch, it's likely whatever problems were causing the slowness will be gone, except possibly when you're on the internet.

E.g. You WILL have the problem I described in response 8 with your old computer no matter what you do with whatever operating system.

Microsoft no longer provides any NEW Security and Critical Windows updates for any op system previous to XP SP3, but all of the OLDER Security and Critical Windows updates that are still available will be installed if you update Windows, and anti-malware programs will still protect computers that have 2000 on them.

Install 2000's SP4 Windows updates if your 2000 installation media doesn't include them. Disable or un-install all anti-malware software before installing the SP4 updates to avoid possile problems caused by the anti-malware software interfering with them installing properly. .


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#17
February 20, 2012 at 16:06:33

- folks,
situation is even worse than I thought :)
My computer was running 2000 but when I inserted Recovery Disk it wanted to install 98. Likely at some point I upgraded it to 2000. I don't think that I'll live with 98 and I do have 2000 disk so I'm going to give it a shot and install 2000.
Hope it'll be better than XP. After all ... my goal is quite simple no development but just browsing internet :)
Thanks for all replies.

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#18
February 20, 2012 at 16:21:31

If your 2000 CD is a Microsoft full Retail or OEM version, you're good to go.
Microsoft OEM CDs have "For distribution with a new PC only." or similar printed on them.

If your 2000 CD is an Upgrade version, it may NOT be bootable, if so you have to boot the computer with some other op system, and in any case you wouldn't need to install 98SE or ME or whatever op system that qualifies, you just need to provide media that has certain files for one of those for the CD's initial fles that were loaded to examine.
Instructions are available on the web.
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Another possibility.
See Response 4.

It could be that there was a Recovery CD set that included 2000 for your brand name model.

If one of those web sites has that, then if you have a 2000 OEM License / Product Key sticker for your CD, you can use that with the Recovery CD set to install all the software that was originally installed, not just Windows.
....

You haven't mentioned what the make and model of your brand name computer is. If you provide that, I, or we, can determine whether your model came with 2000 in some cases, which was often the case when your model had 98SE (or ME) on it earlier.


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#19
February 21, 2012 at 06:26:52

Well ... it looks that I won't succeed with my hardware :)
I re-imaged my computer to Windows 2000 SP4 , applied all patches and etc.
Unfortunately when I start IE ( it comes with IE 6 ) it again occupies ~ 100% of CPU.
It looks that my 12 year old hardware is not capable to handle current Web.
Thanks for all your help.
susja

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#20
February 21, 2012 at 06:39:08
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You MUST install IE 8
http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...

, or another newer internet browser.
IE 6.x is not supported properly by many web pages anymore, and you get long delays loading some web pages, and excessive cpu loading on slow computers, because IE 6 was not designed to handle the Java code the page is loading.

Obviously you must have been using a newer internet browser before in 2000, since you said it ran reasonably well.

You must install the main chipset drvers for your mboard after Setup has finished in order for your drives to be able to run as fast as they are capable of.


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#21
February 21, 2012 at 06:57:22

hi Tubesandwires ,
Thanks for reply, First I'll check if 2000 supports IE 8, if it's not I'll reinstall XP back. Well I shouldn't say that it ran reasonably well ... I just don't remember but since I replaced my DSL connection to Fios I expected that I'll have acceptable performance just for browsing Internet even on the old hardware :)
I didn't get your advice about main chipset driver ... I assumed that either XP or 2000 did it during setup since I was able to operate. But how could I find that driver that you recommend me to update?
Thanks,

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#22
February 21, 2012 at 08:17:25

Sorry, I didn't know IE 7 or 8 cannot be installed in 2000.
I've only fiddled with two computers that had 2000 installed on them, and I've only installed 2000 once on omne of those, years ago when IE 6.x still worked reasonably well.

You can install IE 6.x SP2, that will help a bit, but I know from experience with 98SE, it doesnt help enough.

However, some other internet browsers CAN be installed in 2000.

E.g.

Firefox 10
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo...

Opera
http://www.opera.com/

You may not be able to use Microsoft's Windows Update page in any browser but IE to search for updates, but Automatic Update will work fine
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You haven't mentioned what the make and model of your brand name computer is. If you provide that, I, or we, can help you further.

The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site and loading a program they have available, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer.

If it's a Dell computer...
Go here for how to find the Service tag "number":
http://support.dell.com/support/top...

Tell us what it is.

If it's a HP or Compaq computer.....
Go here:
http://partsurfer.hp.com/search.aspx
Scroll down a bit.
Look for the similar label on the outside of your computer.
Quote the specific model number - that's at the end of the first line.
Quote the Product number - that's on the third line.

If it's a Lenovo computer
Find your specific Product number and tell us what it is:

Finding my product number
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/Fin...

If it's an Acer desktop computer
Where is the model number located on my desktop?
http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answer...

Where is the serial number located on my desktop? (part two)
http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answer...
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2000 doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after 2000 was first released, circa late 1999, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.

It could be that it DOES recognize your OLD main chipset properly, but it's a good idea to load the main chipset drivers to make sure hat it does- that does no harm .
If you have one of the early Intel 8xx main chipsets, you will benefit from also loading the IAA - Intel Application Accelerator - from the Intel web site.


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#23
February 21, 2012 at 08:29:33

well I think I'm going back to Win XP since 2000 didn't make a diff for me. One thing is still not clear to me:
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You must install the main chipset drvers for your mboard after Setup has finished in order for your drives to be able to run as fast as they are capable of.
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I just assumed that when one installs XP it'll find drivers for all devices.
- Tubesandwires - why are you saying that I should do it manually for chipset ... and how could I find the right driver?
thanks

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#24
February 21, 2012 at 08:38:31

No, XP doesn't find the chipset drivers (it's actually not very good at finding many drivers at all, that's why you see things like 'standard vga' & suchlike). Chipset drivers underpin many of the other drivers, hence the need to install them before any others. The only place you should download them is from the motherboard or PC manufacturer's website.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#25
February 21, 2012 at 08:38:32

How many times do I need to tell you you are MUCH better off running 2000 on this OLD computer !!

Please see response 22 again. I have added more to it since you made response 23.

XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

"...how could I find the right driver?"

If you provide the correct make and model of your brand name system, I, or we, can tell you what you need to load !!


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#26
February 21, 2012 at 08:42:32

The posters above have explained that WinXP needs more resources. Therefore you should see better performance with Win2000. You probably had malware on the computer when 2000 slowed down. Reinstall 2000 and keep the system clean.

The reason you need to install the chip set drivers is that Windows may not have the correct drivers included. If your hardware is newer than the version of Windows then one would not expect Windows to have drivers for that hardware. Also, remember that Windows updates do not usually include hardware drivers. Even if they do you are better off getting them from the manufacturer.


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#27
February 21, 2012 at 10:27:43

Sorry guys ... it's my fault ... I was not careful enough to read your respond. Based on comment #22 I'll
1.stay on 2000.
2. I'll install either FF 10 or Opera and try with it instead of IE 6.
Keep in mind that my desktop (PowerSpec PC) was released with Win 98 so I don't know if they would have drivers for 2000 ... maybe they do have it only for 98 ...
I'll try to find it ...
thanks again,
susja

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#28
February 21, 2012 at 11:25:42

If the computer was built in 98 then Win2000 will probably have the drivers.

Below is a link to the Power Spec site with a list of ALL the models they have built. Click on yours and see if there are Win2000 drivers available for download.

http://www.powerspec.com/support/su...


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#29
February 21, 2012 at 11:43:57

Note that I said.....

"You WILL have the problem I described in response 8 with your old computer no matter what you do with whatever operating system."

Other than that problem with videos, your Firefox or Opera browser will work fine in 2000.

Opera has a built in "Turbo" feature that when enabled allows slower computers to load web pages faster. There is a small icon in it's bottom taskbar on the left that allows you to toggle it on / off.
Opera loads the last page you loaded the last time you used it by default, the next time you load Opera. You can change that easily in it's settings.
....

I said above...

"You can install IE 6.x SP2, that will help a bit, but I know from experience with 98SE, it doesnt help enough."

Apparently I was wrong - you must be running XP SP2 to be able to install IE 6.x SP2.

It must have been IE 6.x SP1 I installed in 98 and 98SE, and it can also be installed in ME, 2000 and XP.

Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1
http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...
or
http://download.cnet.com/Internet-E...

In IE 6.x SP1, you should be able to use Microsoft's Windows Update page , and other Microsoft web pages, and the pages on other major web sites such as Adobe, Intel, etc.(I can in 98 and 98SE, with IE 6.x SP1).

NOTE that you may NOT be able to install the latest (Adobe) Flash (player) version in IE 6.x or IE6.x SP1, or the latest (Adobe) Shockwave player, but you CAN install them in newer browsers (they're plug-ins).

You can install OLDER versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader in 2000, if you need something to read *.pdf documents
http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherve...
....

I have recently used Opera in Win 98.

An older version can be loaded that doesn't require anything else in 98 (or 98SE, or ME), it works a lot better than IE 6.x SP1 does, but you still can't load the latest Flash or Shockwave player versions (plug-ins).

I found a reference to a small open source program that can be installed in 98 thru ME that "fools" programs into detecting a newer operating system. When I set that to emulate 2000 SP4 for a download of a program I want to install, I am able to install the newest version of Opera, and the latest Flash and Shockwave versions.
However, I found that a slightly older version of Opera than the latest one works better on my K6-III 450 system.

If you find the latest Opera version is a bit taxing on your system, I can point you to where older versions of Opera can be downloaed.


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#30
February 21, 2012 at 15:51:12

hi Folks,
I found that my computer is PowerSpec PC , model 4820,
On this site http://www.powerspec.com/support/su... I found a lot of drivers. I'm a little bit confused. Could someone please point me which drivers from that site should I download for my 2000? I don't see driver for main chipset as Tubesandwires suggested.
BTW I installed Opera and immediately could feel the difference ... it's much faster than IE.
Thanks in advance.
susja

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#31
February 21, 2012 at 17:51:14

Most likely Win2000 already has all the drivers included. Did you install Win2000 yet? If so, go into Device Manager to see if all the hardware is working correctly.

You need to install SP4 for Win2000. You can download the redistributable version from the link below. I recommend you save it to CDR.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com...


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#32
February 21, 2012 at 20:07:08

OtheHill

He says he's already loaded the SP4 updates - see response 19.
..................................................................

susja

Most 2000 CDs did NOT come with SP4 updates included

When you RIGHT click on My Computer, select Properties, does the first screen show 2000 SP4 on the right side ?

If it doesn't, you need to install the (Windows) SP4 updates for 2000
.......

"I found that my computer is PowerSpec PC , model 4820"

Let the bells ring out and the banners fly !
You've FINALLY supplied the make and model !
......

It says this for the specs of the 4820 on the PowerSpec PC web site:

"PowerSpec® 4820"

Excerpts:

"Processor
Intel® Celeron® Processor 500MHz"

"OS
Microsoft® Windows® 98 Second Edition"

"System Board
Supermicro 370SWD"

"Video
Integrated Intel 3D Graphics with Direct AGP with 4MB display cache"

"Sound
Integrated Wavetable Audio"

"Modem
Aztech 56K V.90 PCI Modem"

...........

"System Board
Supermicro 370SWD"

PowerSpec PC used a retail mboard model.

It may either have Supemicro's specific bios version, or a custom made PowerSpec PC specific bios version. DO NOT use any Supermicro bios updates if it has a PowerSpec PC bios version.

Supermicro Archives - manuals
http://www.supermicro.com/support/a...

Intel 810 -

(Motherboard Manual) 370SWD/370SWT/370SWM
http://www.supermicro.com/manuals/m...

"Copyright 1999"

Your system may have been made in 1999, and be 12 to 13 years old !!

98SE was first released in ~ mid 1999.
2000 was first released in late 1999.

"CPU - Celeron 330 - 500 mhz processors at 66 mhz or 100 mhz front side bus"

You have the maximum speed of cpu !
If it's using 66 mhz fsb, your system is slower overall than if it used 100 mhz fsb.
Your cpu can be identified by software to determine which fsb it uses, e.g. by using CPU-Z .
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-...

Page 14 of the pdf -
370SWD mboard diagram

No AGP slot.

Page 23 of the pdf
- has Intel 810 integrated audio
- 370SWD supports ATA66 for the drives

Adobe Acrobat Reader, or another program that can read *.pdf files, is required to be installed to read the manual.
That's not built into 2000 (or XP).

You can install an OLDER (than the latest) version of Adobe Acrobat Reader in 2000.
http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherve...

Click on the floppy icon on the left end in the top bar of Adobe Acrobat Reader to save the manual to your computer.
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Intel web site

LATEST available drivers
Desktop Intel 810 chipset


The main chipset drivers....

It does NO HARM to install these even when the operating sytem already has them. Installing them makes sure that the operating system has them, and will cure any problem caused by them having become corrupted if they were already installed.
Main chipsets "drivers" are usually actually ALL, or mostly, *.inf (information) files that tell the operating system what the capabilities of the main chipset are - the operating system usually uses software / capabilities already built into it to support that information.

Install this FIRST, BEFORE the IAA:

INF Update Utility - Primarily for Intel® 800 Series Chipsets
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...

The FIRST one (English only).
(The second one is multi-language.)

File name:infinst_enu.exe Version:6.3.0.1007
Date:12/16/2004 Status:Previously released

Size:1.5 MB Language:English
Operating Systems:Windows Server 2003 *, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition*, Windows 2000 *, Windows 98 SE*, Windows Me*, Windows XP Home Edition*, Windows XP Professional*
....

The IAA - install this SECOND, AFTER the main chipset drivers have been installed:

Performance Software - Intel® Application Accelerator
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...

The FIRST one (English only).
(The second one is multi-language.)

File name:iaa23_enu.exe Version:2.3
Date:11/13/2002 Status:Latest

Size:1.93 MB Language:English
Operating Systems:Windows 2000 *, Windows 98 *, Windows 98 SE*, Windows Me*, Windows NT 4.0*, Windows XP Home Edition*, Windows XP Professional*
....

Two choices for graphics drivers...

A bit older...

Graphics Driver [WIN2KE631.EXE, WIN2KM631.EXE]
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...

The FIRST one (English only).
(The second one is multi-language.)

File name:win2ke631.exe Version:6.3.1 Download
Date:05/10/2001 Status:Current

Size:3.88 MB Language:English
Operating Systems:Windows 2000 *

OR

a bit newer

Intel(R) 815 and 810 chipset family graphics driver (exe)
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...

The FIRST one (English only).
(The second one is multi-language.)

File name:win2k_xpe67.exe Version:6.7
Date:08/23/2002 Status:Latest

Size:4.29 MB Language:English
Operating Systems:Windows 2000 *, Windows XP Home Edition*, Windows XP Professional

One of those two, probably the newer one, is enhanced and gives you more settings to choose from, and you'll see an icon in your taskbar lower right of the main desktop screen that looks like an LCD monitor - as I recall, if you RIGHT click on that, you can choose from those enhanced settings,.
OR, in any case, if you RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen, you'll see the enhanced settings to select there. There are more settings there than in Display Properties - Settings.
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PowerSpec drivers page for 4820
http://www.powerspec.com/support/su...

From the 4820 specs -

"Sound
Integrated Wavetable Audio"

In the list, only one choice -
Sound - Win98 Crystal Soft Audio sound drivers

If your sound already works, you don't need sound drivers for 2000.

Supermicro ftp site
http://www.supermicro.com/about/pol...

Go there to:
ftp://ftp.supermicro.com/driver/Audio/ac97/Crystal/
Readme.txt does not mention drivers for 2000 (or XP) for the Intel 8xx chipsets, so they're probably built into 2000 (and XP).
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From the 4820 specs -

"Modem
Aztech 56K V.90 PCI Modem"

In the list, only one choice -
Modem - Win98 Aztech MSP5900U modem drivers

I searched the web...

(Aztech)
MSP 5900-U 56K Data/Fax PCI (USA)

Chipset: PC-Tel 789 56k Id: PCT789T-A

links to

http://www.modem-help.co.uk/old/chi...

This link on that page works fine...

Generic 2000 / XP HSP drivers
http://www.conexant.com/support/hsp...


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#33
February 22, 2012 at 08:01:58

-Tubesandwires,
highly appreciate your input ...
I do see SP4 in 'My Computer'
WOW ... I read your reply and just amazed ...
Tonight I'll play with it and try to follow your instructions ...
But even now ( when I am using Opera ) it became quite operational ... much better than before ... keep in mind that my goal is quite simple i.e. browse internet and etc.
Appreciate it.
susaj

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#34
February 22, 2012 at 08:28:17

"I do see SP4 in 'My Computer'"

Good !

Now you see how much info we can often find when you supply the make and model of your brand name system (or the make and model of the retail mboard in a generic desktop system)..

The PowerSpec PC site doesn't specify your mboard has the Intel 810 chipset, but the Supermicro site does.

You're fortunate that Supermicro still has support for their OLD models - that has vanished from some mboard maker's web sites - and many smaller mboard makers and brand name system builders are no longer in business and have no web site.

Smaller brand name system builders often use retail mboard models, and may not even modify the mboard maker's bios version to be specific to their brand.

Larger brand name system builders use either "OEM only" mboard models that were made by mboard makers only for brand name system builders, there is no support for them on the mboard maker's web site, although they may be nearly identical to similar retail models, the mboard has a bios version specific to the brand name builder,
- or - in some cases for desktop mboards, the mboard is a retail model that has a bios version specific to the brand name builder, the mboard maker supports the model, but it's NOT recommended your use the mboard maker's bios updates for any mboard that has a bios version specific to the brand name builder, because the mboard MAY NEVER BOOT AGAIN after you have flashed the bios.


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#35
February 22, 2012 at 19:23:16

- Folks,
I followed all your instructions , installed all drivers, cleaned registry and etc.. Now my machine operates not fast but quite acceptable. I'd say 'as good as it gets'. I could live with that.
Thanks for your help.
I do appreciate it.
susja

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#36
February 23, 2012 at 07:43:29

We're glad to hear it runs reasonably.
Thanks for the thanks.

The IAA used for older Intel 8xx main chipsets has a beneficial effect similar to that of the enhanced IDE drivers for other brands of main chipsets back then, e.g. for Via main chipsets E.g. you'll notice Windows will load noticeably faster initially with it installed than without it.
When you install the IAA, there is an entry in your All Programs list - Intel Application Accelerator. If you want to see which modes your drives are running in, you must look there - that info is no longer available in Device Manager after the IAA has been installed.
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Side notes.

Yesterday I tried installing the program I mentioned in response 8 that fools programs into detecting a newer version of Windows on systems running ME or previous - KernelEX - then modifying the properties of the Opera installation file so it was using KernelEX in 2000 SP4 emulation mode, then installing Opera 10.63, on another computer I have that belongs to a friend that has 98SE on it that has a 500 mhz Slot 1 Pentium something cpu (500E; 192 mb of ram; it's using a video card, not onboard video).
The results of playing videos in Opera at the Yahoo Canada web page were much better than on my K6-III 400 mhz computer with the same version of Opera (192 mb of ram; it's using a video card, not onboard video), but the cpu was still loaded to 100% much of the time they were playing. I also tried playing some amateur videos - the results were better, probably due to the quality of the videos being lower (less load on the cpu).

I did discover one glitch. Apparently the Microsoft Update web page can only be accessed properly in an IE 5.x or higher version. When I try to access it in Opera, I get a message about that. When I try to access it in IE 6.x SP1 on the same computer, the page goes onto a continuous error loop and you see nothing of what is supposed to be on the page, even when I disable KernelEX from being used for iexplore.exe (IE). That link worked fine before I installed KernelEX.
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If you are puzzled about how to find something or change a setting in Opera, I can probably look in Opera on either of those two computers and find out what you need to know.


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