Windows 7 and Dell Dimension B110 is slow

January 25, 2011 at 10:15:27
Specs: Windows 95, 98, ME,, Pentium 2 - Pentium
I got a Dell Dimension B110 and upgraded the processor to a Pentium 4 3.0 GHz with 1.00 GB of RAM and added an Nvidia FX 5200 Video Card. It seems that the computer has a lag with it, even though the hard drive is a fast IDE drive. When I put Windows 7 on it, there is a lag with the entire computer. When I enable aero, I can see the aero lagging. However, on a custom built computer with an AGP slot, I don't see any lag.

What is making it lag so much? Is it the PCI Graphics card I am using? The Dell Dimension B110 doesn't have any AGP Slots.


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#1
January 25, 2011 at 10:39:17
"What is making it lag so much? Is it the PCI Graphics card I am using? The Dell Dimension B110 doesn't have any AGP Slots."

Yes, partially. Aero needs a modern AGP card for its' "wow" effects. The 1GB of RAM is also the minimum that Microsoft recommends for Win7, so I'd recommend you max out the amount of RAM in the machine and forget Aero.

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#2
February 26, 2011 at 09:42:23
The computer seems to be usable even though its slow. Aero works even though the animation and whole computer performance is laggy, but the performance of this computer is laggy on XP as well.

Is a computer that is NOT a dell b110 (such as a custom built computer), with the same exact specs (Pentium 4 3.0 GHz 1 GB of RAM) running Windows 7, smooth or do you experience any lag?


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#3
February 26, 2011 at 20:39:07
That is a really slow computer by today's standards and it has a very simple BIOS that may not fully support the speed of the P4 you are using (it may show as slower than it should). The PCI graphics are slower than even APG2x (I had one of those - slow) and you need at least AGP8x to approach what you are looking for.
Abort the project before you spend any more money on it, it will never run well on Windows 7, you should have left it as XP. Start from scratch.

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#4
February 27, 2011 at 17:24:17
It shows up as 2.99 GHz. I have an IBM which shows the 0.01 processor decrease from the Advertised speed that to a Pentium 4 3.0 GHz Processor and most business computers show the same thing. I am guessing its probably because those low-end motherboards try to underclock the processor for longer life on the processor. I think thats stupid.

I'm planning to sell this computer with a recording sound card (Delta 1010LT Sound Card). Is it good enough for recording audio under Windows XP using an audio processing software? I feel it should work as a basic Audio DAW, even though it is laggy.

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#5
February 27, 2011 at 19:04:46
Actually the 3.0GB is just a rounded number, it is probably really a product of the frequency multiplied by the cpu's multiplier number and may even vary some while under load (often up maybe from something like 2.9425 to 2.9987 (which round off to 2.9 and 3.0 respectively).

If you turn off Aero or do a clean install of XP SP3, they understand it is not for gaming or video processing, and you get a decent audio card, it should perform well.

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