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Does Ram(Memory) ever get old and wear out (slow computer)

by jayreagan1026 / April 7, 2009 7:30 AM PDT

Hi everybody, I have been having troube lately with slow response time and sometimes freezes. I have 1gig ram on a Dell 4550. I have tried killing processes running via the task manager to free memory. I'm just getting slow response. Does memory ever get old and wear out, if so I will get 2 new 512K memory sticks from Tiger direct.
Thanks Jay R.

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by ramarc / April 7, 2009 8:26 AM PDT

slow performance is usually the result of accumulated software crud over the months/years and the increasing demands of software. suggest you google "optimize xp" or consider doing a fresh reinstall of xp with sp3. optimizing can help a lot, but a fresh reinstall should help the most.

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Ramarc is right
by FrankQC / April 7, 2009 8:53 AM PDT

As time continues, software requirements also increase. As you install more softwares over the years it takes up more memory and thus slows your computer.

If I were you I would reinstall your operating system and only install the low-requirement programs you need.

If you want to run, say, something that requires a lot of memory (i.e. will end up exceeding your 1gb limit), you might as well buy a $700 desktop and run it in there (considering it's fast enough).

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Does Ram(Memory) ever get old and wear out (slow computer)
by jayreagan1026 / April 7, 2009 9:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Ramarc is right

Thanks for the info guys

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