Solved Got out parents old pc. It runs slow

August 16, 2012 at 04:19:38
Specs: windows xp
Computer running slooooow. How to speed it up? Clicking on anything and it doesnt react for quite some time. I thought of virus or something, downloaded spybot & scanned...nothing. Surely this pc wasn't this slow to begin with. I"m talking quite a few seconds after clicking on anything. Word, excel, Internet etc. I was thinking about formating and cleaning the whole system and reloading operating system. Any ideas? Running Windows XP, it's an old HP Pavilion 1.4GHz Intel Processor, 128MB SDRAM

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#1
August 16, 2012 at 04:25:45
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The main problem is the RAM. You list 128 megs. 256 megs is the minimum for xp and really won't work well with 256. Find out what the system specs are and post back or max out the ram if it's possible. If not, install Windows 98 or one of the Linux distros.

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#2
August 16, 2012 at 14:26:11
A clean install would tell if the system can run well. As grasshopper suggests, ram should be increased if possible.

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#3
August 16, 2012 at 14:29:56
I agree. 128MB SDRAM isn't nearly enough. For decent performance, you should have at least 8x that much (1024MB). A reinstall will clear out th cobwebs but I doubt it will make a substantial performance difference.

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August 21, 2012 at 09:38:48
Thanks guys for the help...I went and purchased more RAM and installed it. 512MB which is the max. It runs alot better but still has hickups I guess. So I looked in the control panel then system and now it says I'm running 256mb of RAM. What gives...I installed a 512MB why doesn't it say that. Am I not using the whole 512mb? Is there some way of making my pc run that full 512mb i just bought? When I play videos on youtube there's still alot of stops and stuff. Also when I click from one program to another. Grant it, it is running a lil faster, I just thought adding 512 would speed this sucker waaaaay up. Please help if you can.

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#5
August 21, 2012 at 13:58:32
"I installed a 512MB"

That might be your problem. The system can take maximum 512mb but that is spread across the two slots. You should have purchased 2x256mb sticks rather than a single 512 mb stick.

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