Help! Xp is slow

Emachines, inc. / Imperial
March 22, 2009 at 14:44:30
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.292 GHz / 509 MB
Im not sure why my computer is slow and I was told maybe it needs more ram.. I already have Kaspersky virus protection so I know its not that. I have xp 512 Windows Home Edition.My computer knowledge is very limitedso please have a easy instruction guide for me. haha
I also noticed on the scan I did here for computer specs, that it says I have 509MB What is that? I thought I had 512
Thank You,
Michelle

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#1
March 22, 2009 at 15:07:44
The reason it's showing 509mb is that the onboard video is using the remainder, that's normal.
Upgrading the ram will help to speed things up.
Go to the Crucial website, where you can check which ram is suitable for your computer and how much it can use.
It may have 2 or 4 slots, if only 2 and your ram is 2x256mb, then they will need to be replaced with 2x512mb or 2x1gb.
If you have only 1x512mb another can be added.
Be sure to check that you get the correct ram as recommended by Crucial.
Link to http://www.crucial.com/

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#2
March 22, 2009 at 15:36:53
Onboard video would use more than 3MB. Probably reserved for the BIOS/ CMOS settings.

Was the computer always slow or did it gradually get that way?

If you have many programs loading at start up it can bog the processor and RAM down. Check Task Manager to see how many processes are running.


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#3
March 22, 2009 at 15:53:23
I recently worked on a P4 gateway, where the guy had the onboard graphics, set to 1mb, I raised it to 8mb. I suggest the poster do the same, if it will go higher, I would consider it.
http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/

http://www.majorgeeks.com/CCleaner_...

larry


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#4
March 22, 2009 at 15:57:27
larry, my mistake, I didn't think any on board graphics went that low.

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#5
March 22, 2009 at 17:32:33
yea, it seems strange that on a system that can max out at 2gigs or ram, that the min onboard graphics would be 1mb & the max would be 8mb. It reminded me of the old sis 530 chip.
I have seen this on other systems, also and if my memory serves me, the common factor was intel extreme graphics.

larry


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#6
March 23, 2009 at 17:20:37
I did go to Crucial.com and this is what they said...
Heres my comp stats.. 2048MB Max Memory Capacity, and 512MB and Available memory slot is (1)
Number of banks (2) .*I dont know what this is * No Dual Channel Support CPU Manft is GenuineIntel. CPU FAMILY.Intel(r)Celeron(r) CPU 2.30GHz Model2, Stepping 7. CPU Speed 2292 MHz
They also said that how much memory my Comp will hold depend on if I have 32 or 64 BIT.
Currently INSTALLED MEMORY is: 512MB DDR PC2100
HERE WHAT THEY SUGGESTED>>>>
1GB part# CT12864z335. DDR PC2700.
CL=2.5 . Unbuffered. NON-ECC. DDR333
2.5V 128MEGx 64

My friend had said ,even if I purchased this that it really wouldn't make a difference.. .. Iwant it to be faster.. especially when I PLAY SCRABBLE on line.. (it freezes up) Why would this be??
Michelle
Location is Vegas if anyone know where I can go to buy items .. (reasonably)


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#7
March 23, 2009 at 17:47:08
"I PLAY SCRABBLE on line.. (it freezes up) Why would this be??"
Did you try my links in post #3, if you are not sure what to uncheck, google it. You probably don't need to buy something to fix the problem and , it likely won't fix the problem.

larry


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