Solved I wonder if my 10 year old Dell XP can be prof rehabilitated

May 14, 2012 at 10:12:54
Specs: Windows XP
is there a service to rejuvenate a 10 year old Dell?

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May 14, 2012 at 14:26:55
"you are almost out of virtual RAM warnings after an hour of use"

More than likely your hard drive is almost full.

"why do old PCs slow down anyway"

Mostly because people don't maintain them properly, both on the software side AND the hardware side of things. For instance, they let the hard drive get almost full, lol. Also, over these past 10 years, how many times have you opened the case & cleaned out all the dirt & dust? Dust that builds up on the heatsinks & fans negatively affect the cooling causing the CPU to run hot. Once the CPU reachs a certain "trigger temp", it attempts to lower the temp by slowing down. The hotter it gets, the slower it will run. At some point, it will get so hot that it will completely shutdown to prevent itself from burning out.

Here's your system specs:

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

If you want it to run decently again, take the case outside, open it up, & blast the heck out of it with compressed air (do NOT use a vacuum). Once that's done, hook everything back up again, completely wipe the hard drive, then reinstall Windows from scratch using a retail disc (that way you'll avoid installing the Dell crapware).



#1
May 14, 2012 at 10:14:18
or would it be so expensive I might as well buy a new laptop/desktop?

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#2
May 14, 2012 at 10:15:54
why do old PCs slow down anyway, even with so-called maintenance software like Large Software's PC Tune Up?

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#3
May 14, 2012 at 10:25:34
Yes your 10 year old dell can run well a gain. List the model number please.

what type of work do you do with your computer?
I use only 2 software to maintain my system(ccleaner & autoruns).

You know the real meaning of peace only if you have been through the war.


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#4
May 14, 2012 at 10:29:54
Looks like Dell 2350. I will verify tonight. Would any services exist in Washington DC and vicinity? I live in Alexandria Virginia 7 miles south of Washington, 2 miles from Pentagon.

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#5
May 14, 2012 at 10:32:06
I don't do any "work" work on my computer because I am issued a laptop instead of a desktop at my current employ (hint, you might work at home :-) ), however in my previous job I did install Department of Transportation work at home software on it.

Hobbies only: Facebook, MP3 player, photographs.


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#6
May 14, 2012 at 10:51:45
Whats wrong with your DELL dimension 2350?

You know the real meaning of peace only if you have been through the war.


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#7
May 14, 2012 at 11:06:28
V-e-r-y s-l-o-w. I have a full 1G RAM but it is still very slow. Also, you are almost out of virtual RAM warnings after an hour of use.

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#8
May 14, 2012 at 14:26:55
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"you are almost out of virtual RAM warnings after an hour of use"

More than likely your hard drive is almost full.

"why do old PCs slow down anyway"

Mostly because people don't maintain them properly, both on the software side AND the hardware side of things. For instance, they let the hard drive get almost full, lol. Also, over these past 10 years, how many times have you opened the case & cleaned out all the dirt & dust? Dust that builds up on the heatsinks & fans negatively affect the cooling causing the CPU to run hot. Once the CPU reachs a certain "trigger temp", it attempts to lower the temp by slowing down. The hotter it gets, the slower it will run. At some point, it will get so hot that it will completely shutdown to prevent itself from burning out.

Here's your system specs:

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

If you want it to run decently again, take the case outside, open it up, & blast the heck out of it with compressed air (do NOT use a vacuum). Once that's done, hook everything back up again, completely wipe the hard drive, then reinstall Windows from scratch using a retail disc (that way you'll avoid installing the Dell crapware).


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#9
May 14, 2012 at 15:17:01
You sure know your stuff.

1. The Hard Drive is almost full, of sixty something original GB, only 1 left.
2. NEVER been cleaned.

I wonder what I can move to the 320 GB flash drive. The ITunes collection? Probably several GB at least. Do my applications have to run on the primary hard drive (C:)?

Dude! Your computer just went to Hell.

So that is why my computer colleagues blast their desktops with compressed air. Basically glad to know my computer can be rehabilitated. Now if I can find the box full of software application boxes with the passwords on them so I can reinstall Access, Office, etc.


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#10
May 14, 2012 at 15:25:48
Thanks everyone.

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#11
May 14, 2012 at 19:14:16
Whatever happened to the Dell dude? Oh yeah...Dude, you're getting a bong Dell!

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#12
May 14, 2012 at 20:01:04
After clean up:
You could purchase a new larger IDE hard drive, switch out the drives and install it on the new drive (avoid anything much over 500GB) instead of the older drive. Then when everything is running well again, reinstall the original drive and transfer your personal files from the old drive to the new drive. Then you can wipe the old drive and use it to back up your personal files. On the new drive, partition it into at least two drives, one for Windows and your programs and another for your files. A 100GB to 120GB partition should be more than enough for your C drive and the rest for your storage drive. Make sure you format to NTSF for best results for XP and later operating systems.

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


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#13
May 15, 2012 at 07:13:46
There are so many good answers I can't pick just one. Especially that one about Benjamin Bowmar Curtis (Slacker Steve/n, Dude, you're getting a Dell!)

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#14
May 15, 2012 at 07:15:07
I think Wikipedia said Ben Curtis learned a lesson and went on to other roles. But I already knew to stay away from drugs.

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