Dell Dimension 3100 with 512mb RAM on Vista

Microsoft Windows vista home premium w/s...
May 19, 2010 at 11:28:49
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, 2 gb
Hi (Please refer to UN 66226)
I bought a used Dell Dimension 3100 PC and restored the recovery disks of my former Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo PC to it. I am finding that the system runs slow. For example, minimising an active window can sometimes take around 10 seconds to minimise when other applications are running. This machine was factory fitted with Windows XP and I am guessing that 512mb is not enough memory for swiftly multi-tasking. I have looked at the motherboard and there are 2 memory sticks fitted in the only 2 black slots at the bottom of the motherboard. There are 2 empty white slots at the top of the motherboard and am wondering what these are for? However, I am seeking to upgrade the memory significantly as I usually have about 10 programs running simultaneously and my questions are (1) What amount of memory would be more than enough to have a fast system for multi-tasking and how many MB should be on each of the 2 sticks before I buy, assuming that the memory inside this PC can be upgraded as the SYSTEM in CONTROL PANEL tells me the machine has a Processor Intel Celeron CPU3.06 GHz - Memory (RAM) 512mb and System Type 32-bit Operating System. My 2nd question is, as an alternative, would it be better to purchase an XP Pro disk and do a clean install? having said that, I much prefer working with Vista. I don't know what processor was in the fujitsu scaleo and if it is comparative with this 3.06 GHz processor and whether putting 2 new memory sticks will fix my multi-tasking quest for speed problem. I look forward to your responses and any advice and tips you can provide me with.
Many thanks
Danny1234

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#1
May 19, 2010 at 12:29:05
You're correct in that Vista needs more than 512Mb - 2Gb is
a minimum in reality, & even then it can get tedious if you are
running lots of programs.

More importantly, I'm not sure that you have set up your
system properly anyway. If you used the Fujitsu recovery
disks then you almost certainly haven't got the correct drivers
installed - have you checked Device manager to see what
ones are still needed?

Next, as you already have the side of the case off, look for the
make/model of the motherboard, go to the manufacturer's site
and download the manual for it - that will identify all of the
slots and let you know how you can upgrade it.

Depending on what you want to use your PC for, you may be
better off reverting to XP until you've saved up enough money
for a Windows 7 system - if you 'like' Vista, you'll love Win7

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#2
May 19, 2010 at 14:45:36
XP with 512MB = Win7 with 1GB = Vista with 1.25GB
More is better, of course.

"There are 2 empty white slots at the top of the motherboard and am wondering what these are for?"

Those are PCI slots, for adding sound cards, TV tuners, etc. They are not for adding memory.

"What amount of memory would be more than enough to have a fast system for multi-tasking and how many MB should be on each of the 2 sticks before I buy"

Your system will take up to 2GB (1GB/slot) of DDR2 memory. You should definitely max out the board.

"My 2nd question is, as an alternative, would it be better to purchase an XP Pro disk and do a clean install? having said that, I much prefer working with Vista."

If you decide to install more RAM (even if it's just an additional 1GB), you should either stick with Vista SP2 or upgrade to Win7. Downgrading to a 9-year-old OS just isn't a good idea, IMO.

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#3
May 19, 2010 at 16:49:15
hi johnr
thanks for your response
yes i checked the Device Manager and all seems fine - the only driver which was updated was the Logitech Webcam Driver which Vista found on the net. the case is back on now so haven't checked the brand model. 1GB memory is £25, plus the 512mb I have would be reasonable. Purchasing 2GB would not be reasonable as I could get a could fast used pc for the same price or less on eBay

hi jackbomb
thanks for your response and information.
I got SP1 at the moment. If I slot in 1GB in place of the 512mb, would Vista automatically download SP2 or would I need to do this myself? and what do you mean by "max out the board"? what is the meaning of "max out"? thanks

I take your point downgrading to XP isn't a good idea and a new XP Pro with Licence is around £30-£40.

What do you think?

thanks both

Danny1234


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May 22, 2010 at 18:37:07
hi
would a DELL DDR2 2GB 2Rx8 PC2-6400 RAM MEMORY be compatible with my DELL DIMENSION 3100?
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Danny1234

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