Memory is very slow

Gateway M320xl notebook
July 22, 2010 at 23:15:01
Specs: win xp, 32 bit laptop
I have m320 gateway laptop & 6 months ago I installed 2 GB RAM upgrade from 0.5 GB ram originally. And it was significant fast change, like new laptop. But now for past 2 weeks I see it is back to old speed, I have checked system info & it shows 2 GB ram memory. I have rechecked msconfig & removed unwanted startup programs. What else to look for loop holes or SHOULD I SWITCH the RAM from the bottom laptop so it might refreash the RAM itself (1 GB each in slot IDE not SATA)?

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July 23, 2010 at 00:04:42
did u check the bios the memory configurations of ur ram u might have underclocked them at wut MHZ are they running check in the bios

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July 23, 2010 at 05:19:16
"1gb each in slot IDE not SATA"
u can't install ram using ide or sata connectors.
"0.5gb ram" i think u mean 512mb.
Did u bought 2gb as 1x2 or single stick?
I think the problem has nothing to do with ram.
I think it is a soft issues.
May be the system is infected or important os file is deleted or messed. Do u have updated anti-v soft? If yes name it.

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July 23, 2010 at 05:50:28
yea problably i miss read the things he posted i just saw

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July 23, 2010 at 07:53:43
Thanks it was 3 AM last night when posting the msg, ok for the RAM, SHOULD I SWITCH the RAM from the bottom laptop so it might refreash the RAM itself (1 GB each in slot) & it could software issues & I am using Kasperesky Firewall/Antivirus. I ran a full scan on the computer & it seems to have increased performance!!

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July 23, 2010 at 08:33:08
Lots of things can cause Windows to run slower that have nothing to do with the ram performance.

If you do not have enough free space on the hard drive partition Windows is installed on, Windows will slow down considerably.
What size is your C partition (logical drive) , and how much free space is left on it ?

Have you installed Windows from scratch since the performance was okay ?
If so, your computer will probably NOT perform as it should until AFTER the main chipset drivers have been installed for the mboard.

"....I have rechecked msconfig & removed unwanted startup programs...."

De-selecting lines in the Startup list does not remove the program, but it does disable the program from loading, if the same enabled line does not re-appear on it's own.
Some lines load on their own again because they're not dependant on only that line being enabled.

There are many things that could be loading that can slow down the performance of Windows that don't appear in the Startup list.

Some anti-malware programs that have resident modules that run all the time in the background are known to slow down the performance of Windows more than others.
Which anti-malware programs(s) are you using ?

By the way, you should never have more than one anti-malware program installed on your computer that does the same thing (or more than one third party firewall) that has one or more resident modules running at the same time, unless you disable the the resident module(s) in all but one program.

Some anti-malware programs are scheduled to do a full scan of your system in the background by default when you install them, at a certain time once a week, or even at a certain time once a day. That always bogs down Windows while it is running. If the computer was off at the scheduled time, most programs will run the full scan right after the next time you boot the computer.

Windows MediaPlayer 10 and 11 have a feature where you can enable sharing your media. Don't enable that. If you do, there will be a program that will be running much of the time that slows down Windows.

You can add a feature to XP called Windows Search (Windows Desktop Search). It appears when you search for something in XP in My Computer or Windows Explorer instead of the default search interface. It's supposed to speed up searches by making indexes of files on your computer, and it's supposed to make those indexes after a certain period of inactivity by the user, but the problem with it is, once it starts doing that, it does NOT stop doing that when the user resumes actively using the computer, and it noticable slows down Windows when it's running. If you have installed that, I strongly suggest that you un-install it, in Control Panel - Add / Remove Programs.

Does the hard drive activity led stay on or blink for a long time after you boot the computer, e.g. for more than 5 minutes ?

If so, press Alt-Ctrl-Del to pop up Task Manager
Under the Processes tab, click on the CPU (activity) tab twice - that will dynamically list the programs with the ones that are using the most cpu time at the top - ignore the first entry - that's the available cpu activity.

Which programs are pigging out on the cpu activity ?

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July 23, 2010 at 09:08:35
This has NOTHING to do with hardware, you simply have something in the background taking up your CPU time and slowing things down.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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July 23, 2010 at 11:54:52
You DO NOT need to mess with your ram, unless it fails ram diagnostics tests.
Windows Memory Diagnostic:
If you were experiencing errors reading the ram, you would probably have all sorts of other symptoms including data damage that you haven't mentioned.
Usually the only thing wrong with ram that worked fine previously when it fails a ram diagnostics test is the ram needs to be re-seated or possibly have it's contacts wiped off.
(If that doesn't help, you probably bought ram that is NOT 100% compatible with using it in your mboard. Having "Bad" ram is extremely rare.)
Ram is constantly refreshing it's data, and all of the data in the ram is lost every time you shut down the computer.

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July 24, 2010 at 22:29:13
Thanks for detailed post, the issue resolved itself, well acutally I ran a full scan & found some type of generic trojens & neutralized them, than deleted Internet cache & temp folders files. Rebooted & back to normal. Using only 1 virus software, My hdd is brand new 360GB with 320 GB has Win XP on it & the other is unpartitioned space. Probably have to installed mboard drivers just in case. Media player is v9 keeps prompting for update I always say no. Am happy with current one.

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