My Vista PC Performance Index is rated 2.6

May 29, 2010 at 18:05:49
Specs: Windows Vista
Slow computer. Perf: index is governed by the amount of memory. Will an increase in memory result in afaster response? The computer is new and other than the Vista O/P system no other programs have been loaded.

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May 29, 2010 at 18:25:05
How much ram do you have? 2G or more is nice for Vista.

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May 29, 2010 at 19:33:41
The performance Index is based on several components, not just memory. If you want a recommendation on what needs upgrading, you'll have to list your complete system specs.

"The base score of your computer is determined by reviewing a collection of "subscores" assigned to various hardware components within your computer. Subscores are assigned to the following components:

* RAM random access memory

* CPU central processing unit

* Hard disk

* General graphics performance on the desktop

* 3D graphics capability

Your computer's base score is determined by the lowest subscore. For example, if the lowest subscore of a hardware component in your computer is 2.6, then the base score of your computer will be 2.6. The base score is not an average of the combined subscores."

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May 29, 2010 at 20:41:14
Thanks for your reply. The lowest score was based on the memory. I currently have approx: 2.0GB. The other scores were over 3.0. I have a desktop with XP Pro on it. It only has 640 MB of memory but it operates much faster than the Toshiba. Could it be the Vista O/P system? These computers have a dual core processor. If the other parameters
are required I will to re-run the test.

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May 29, 2010 at 21:27:32
You still didn't list your specs. Do you have the correct RAM for your CPU & is it configured to run at the correct speed?

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May 30, 2010 at 15:50:51
Here are the specs:

Vista Home Premium
- Intel Pentium dual core Processor T2060
1.60GHz, 1MB L2, 533 MHz FSB
- Memory 2048MB PC4200 DDR2 SDRAM
- Hard Disk 120GB (5400rpm)
- Display 17" TFT Active Matrix LCD
- Graphics:- Intel Graphics Media accelerator 950 with
8MB - 196MB

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May 30, 2010 at 18:39:56
You never stated it was a laptop & a budget one at that. Considering the weak specs, I'm surprised the memory is what's getting the low marks. IMO, that system is better suited for XP.

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May 30, 2010 at 21:52:19
Thanks, Sorry that I missed on advising that it was a laptop. I
am still trying to figure out why the memory is a controlling
factor. It has 2 - 1 GB DD2 modules. The test shows a value
of 1.1 GB which I assume is the net available value. I may be
wrong and it could be that the modules themselves are
defective. Had no idea that the specs are that of a budget
model, but you may be right. Do you know of how one could find out what the perf: value for such Laptops should be. It is a
Toshiba P105 S6147. In the Toshiba built in test, everything
checked out as being OK except, there was a note that the
CPU load was high - investigate Top Processes. But the CPU
was checked as being OK, I seem to recall that its speed
was 3.9.

Windows 7 is touted as being faster than Vista or do you
think that I would be better off going down to WIN XP.


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