Solved Add more RAM to HP desktop for intensive tax program

November 6, 2016 at 21:01:08
Specs: Windows 10
have HP p6-2026 with pegatron motherboard
and 8 gigs use ram intensive tax program and would like to at least bump up to 12
there are 1155 motherboards on the aftermarket in the $80 range that are up to 16 gig
can one of them replace the pegatron 2AC2 ?

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#1
November 7, 2016 at 05:21:39
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A tax program that requires 16GB RAM?

From what I could find, the motherboard is the IPISB-CU (Carmel2).

http://support.hp.com/us-en/documen...

http://support.hp.com/us-en/documen...

It's a 5 year old desktop so I assume you upgraded to Win10 from the original HP Windows installation. If that's correct, the current Windows installation is tied-in with the HP motherboard & cannot be used with a different board, so you will have to purchase a retail copy of Windows & reinstall from scratch. Not only that but you will have to reinstall all your programs from scratch as well as transfer over all your data.

It might be better to do a major housecleaning. Remove all useless programs, especially the HP bloatware (if you never removed it). Disable all unnecessary startup apps from loading, install a lightweight anti-virus program, & install a video card so that you can return the shared RAM back to the system.

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

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...


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#2
November 7, 2016 at 06:41:44
Jeeps, that must be one heck of a tax program if it needs 12 GB of RAM (or a poorly written one). Somehow I think you have other issues.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
November 7, 2016 at 11:38:17
What "intensive tax program" are you talking about? For one example, your 8GB RAM exceeds the minimum 4GB RAM on a laptop needed to run NYU School of Law Graduate Tax Program.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User

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#4
November 9, 2016 at 13:58:51
Yeah, what tax program? What does it do? What gives you
the idea that it needs such a ginormous amount of memory?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
November 9, 2016 at 20:42:39
My father-in-law is running a Windows 7 machine Core 3 Duo processor and 4GB RAM I built for him a couple of years ago that is still running his professional tax program. A couple of times a year I go in to fix something or clean out junk and get it up to speed again. It is slow by today's standards but gives him no problem with the tax program and he does not want newer as he feels he may decide to retire in a couple of more years.
You probably just need to do a thorough house cleaning on the machine (as mentioned). Remove all unused programs, set remaining ones NOT to start with Windows, do a Disk Clean Up, Run Malwarebytes and Junkware Removal Tool. Post back questions if you need help with any of these things.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
November 14, 2016 at 07:18:26
I have seen quite a few positive reponses - a better video card - seems to be quite positive as it should keep the 8 gig system from beoming overloaded by faster distribution
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The tax program is quite inefficient and probably uses twice as much ram as a well designed program. I have already cleared out as much unnecessary software that I could identify
and also run some internal tests on how much space the tax programs utilize ( forinstance opening the 2015 ,2014 individual and payroll programs eats up 3.8 gig

I am entertaining buying a reconditioned barebones system with win 7 and 16 gig for $315 replacing the I-5 2400 chip with an I7 2600 which I picked up for $65 and reinserting my SSD in the replacement unit.
Win 10 is a better OS than Win 10 but I believe it also uses more ram which is why the tax software company recomends 12 gig or more.
Thanks
Tony


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#7
November 15, 2016 at 10:35:31
Dandilion921,

I doubt that any program ever written is a tenth the size you
seem to think your tax program is. If it really requires that much
RAM, it could only be for data storage, which might be the case
if you are dealing with thousands of records all in memory at
the same time. Is that what you have? The program works on
detailed data for thousands of employees simultaneously?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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