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PC got down

by satishmsk / February 9, 2008 6:46 PM PST

Hi, Good day!

I've got a pc with 512 mb RAM. But, these days the applications are opening very slowly. I've scanned with AVG free edition and found nothing. I've got a broad band connection. Please suggest me the possible steps to be taken to increase the speed of my pc.

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Depends, need more information about PC's configuration.
by Dango517 / February 9, 2008 7:00 PM PST
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Like....OS and version, PC brand and model, what you use it for (surfing the net, text/instant messaging, video, etc.).

In brief, RAM. 1 GB of RAM will run on most 5< year old computers with an XP OS. Again, need some information.

I'll be back later (need Zs) or someone else will help you out.

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PC got down
by satishmsk / February 9, 2008 9:56 PM PST

PC config:

Intel Pentium Dual Core Pro;

512 Mb DDR2 RAM;

80 GB SATA HD;

OS-Win XP sp2;

I mostly use it for surfing and also learning multimedia like web designing, photo shop etc. I do watch watch videos some times.

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Yep, get the RAM
by Dango517 / February 10, 2008 4:54 AM PST
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You should have a second DIMM slot, add another 512 stick. Go to Crucial and run there configurator, "scan my system". Buy two at once to make sure they match or you could attempt to match the one you have.

http://www.crucial.com/store/drammemory.aspx

There are other things you can do as well. Make sure your computer is well maintained. When was the last time you cleaned it? How about defragmentation, disk check, removing unnecessary files, did a registry scan lately?

There are also many, many tweaks you can do to make your system perform better.

XP tweaks:

http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/getstarted/speed.mspx?wt_svl=10073XPHa1&mg_id=10073XPHb1

There a loads of these; search them out on the web.

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Need Ram
by grantgruen / February 9, 2008 10:10 PM PST
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My suggestion is you need ram. Search around online for each but good ram. Try sites like New Egg, Tiger Direct, Etc. Look for Ram like Kingston, PNY or other brands. New Egg has reviews before you buy, They are my favorite site.

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More Advice
by grantgruen / February 9, 2008 10:12 PM PST
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I would try at least 1 gig sticks. Depending on what speed you need really depends on the price, I would say you should be able to get a one gig stick for under $100 easily.

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