|Paptop? Never heard of a paptop. Ok, j/k, my Q’s 2 U:|
1. Why the WD 40 Gb IDE HDD?
2. How much free space is on the HDD?
3. Is the HDD healthy?
4. RE: Video (ATI Radeon HD 4200, On board), how much
RAM have you allotted for that?
5. What type of antivirus are you using?
6. Do you have other anti-malware software ALSO running?
7. Is the shop reputable?
The first thing I noticed was your older WD 40 Gb IDE HDD,
kind of an ancient thing (in computer terms). I mean it’ll work
and the 7200 RPM speed is good as faster RPMs definitely
help with HDD performance, but I was still surprised to see
that small IDE HDD in your specs. ATA (IDE) is slower than
newer versions of SATA. I would have a faster SATA HDD in
there at least (I like Seagate HDDs).
Setting a higher memory allotment for the ATI Radeon HD
4200 On board video may help (you do that in the BIOS).
2 GB of RAM should be fine for XP, unless you’re doing high-
end applications, gaming etc. You could game with that
system, but gaming systems have beefy video add in cards
usually with a lot of video ram on them.
Not all Antivirus packages are the same. Some are REAL
drags (Like Norton, McAfee etc) on system performance;
some are not and have a low resource system footprint (Like
A Quad Core system SHOULD be faster, but the extra
processors will only kick in when they need to kick in.
Software is the weakest link in any system. The hardware
performance today far exceeds what OS and 3rd party
software can do, so you won’t necessarily get OOOs and
AHHs from a brand, spanking, new system, at least I don’t (I
use a 5 yr old Compaq single core system mainly). But I do
notice video gaming is much better on a newer systems with
HIGH END video, but improvements in overall performance
isn’t as noticeable.
RE: speeding up the system; there are enough sites online to
get all that info, www.helpdeskgeek.com/windows-xp-tips/99-
ways-to-make-your-computer-blazingly-fast/ , and the shop, if
reputable should have set up that PC and the
BIOS/Video/CPU settings properly, and then should have
optimized your PC & XP system. When you optimize, you:
-You make sure the HDD is healthy, before ANYTHING is installed, that's just common sense. Test with Western
Digital’s DataLifeguard tool, free from their website.
-You make sure the BIOS, device drivers on the PC system
are current and set properly
-You make sure all the OEM software crap is OFF the system
-You turn off any unneeded, unnecessary Windows services
-You make sure there are not a lot of start up programs
-You make sure MS Windows updates, MS Office Updates,
Media Players, Adobe Flash & ShockWave Player, web
browsers, JAVA are all up to date.
There are a lot of companies & technicians that don’t want to
take the extra time to do all that for the customer. I'm not
saying that your shop did that, but usually, they just want to
slap a system together, put the OS on and sell it to the
customer and get it out the door as fast as they can. Then the
customer has to optimize their own systems or just suffer.
That’s just MY experience with tech support (11 yrs
Just another stupid saying...