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Do I have enough memory. My pc is very sloooow.

by 1970Ania / July 1, 2008 3:27 PM PDT

I am using Microsoft Windows XP Home Ed, Acer.
It has total physical memory 512.00MB
Available Physical memory 215.77MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96GB
My question to the wise ones----- is this ok??
My computer is very slow. Could I have to many photos saved?
Please, oh please help me.

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What size is your hard drive?
by 4Denise / July 1, 2008 4:10 PM PDT

How much of it is free space?


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hard drive
by 1970Ania / July 1, 2008 9:44 PM PDT

Used space 62.5 GB
Free space 11.9 GB
Capacity 74.5 GB

Is this OK???

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Looks like you should thin that out
by 4Denise / July 2, 2008 12:25 AM PDT
In reply to: hard drive

Try putting some of the data on CDs or DVDs (make 2 copies before removing it from the hard drive-- and check to make sure they came out readable first). You should keep about 25% of your hard drive empty at all times.

This isn't the only way to speed up your computer. There are a lot of ways to gain bits of speed here and there, and you can read all about it in this forum. Check out the various discussions here. A lot depends on how your computer is set up and what steps you've taken so far. After you free up some additional space on your drive, you can begin by making sure you have no malware or viruses.

What do you do to maintain your computer?


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by Jimmy Greystone / July 2, 2008 1:51 AM PDT

Actually, it's more like 1-10%. Depending on the OS, and how much virtual memory you need, you should keep somewhere between 1-10% of your drive free for virtual memory and temp file use.

Another way to look at it, is to keep 1-2GB of space free at all times. Regardless of drive size, since the percentage thing is back from the days when drives were only a few hundred MB. However, 1-2GB of free space should be plenty for swap and temp file purposes for probably 99% of desktop users.

I'd say the person should focus more on making sure they have no viruses or other types of malware, and possibly consider an extra 512MB of RAM. Some store, online or local, is bound to use the upcoming 4th of July holiday as an excuse for a sale to try and get people into the store. If our friend is from Canada or the UK, then they may have to wait for some national holiday in their respective country.

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by Maddogmcree / July 2, 2008 12:39 AM PDT

Would suggest buying more memory, it's cheap.

Other than that, do a virus scan and try and clear some unwanted junk from it.

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Slow running
by Phil Crase / July 2, 2008 1:13 AM PDT

Memory will help but there can be other issues, too many things running in the background will do it, also spyware in the shadows can create slowdowns Items stored in the system, pictures, documents etc.,should have little to do with slow down. Do a control alt delete check and click processes to see how many items are running, that may well be a part of the issue. XP runs on 512 mb's but not very well since you are sharing video and audio from the ram. 1gb smooths things out a lot.Anti virus/spyware (FREEBIES)can create issues as well, preferentially use good security software there is a lot of it on the market and some of it is not cheap but can be worth the cost. I see issues almost daily with free stuff and trial downloads, some swear by the stuff, I do not.

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