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RAM Issues

I have a HP Pavillion DV6000, it is currently running Vista Ultimate with 2GB of ram...
It is running DEAD slow and it using around the 85% mark in RAM, it keeps telling me I need to close programs for things to run and I have had the BSD a few times... I would upgrade my RAM but www.crucial.com says that my computer can't take anything more then 2GB but Vista Ultimate can have up to 128GB of RAM...

Anyone have any ideas as to what I can do? This is really annoying as I need this computer for work.

Thanks

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For starters

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For starters, why don't you tell us what you do to prevent spyware/malware and viruses on your system.

Then, there's a big difference between the amount of RAM the operating system can handle, and the amount of RAM your computer's motherboard can handle. And I think you must have gotten bad information, because the 32-bit version of Vista (any version) will be limited to 4GB of RAM. That's a hardware limitation. The 64-bit version of Vista (again, any version) should be able to handle RAM quantities into the TB range. Very few systems can support more than 10GB of RAM right now, but 5-6 years down the road, who knows.

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Re:

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I am running AVG 8 Pro for Anti Virus etc

Well I have read that the HP pavilion dv6000 can only handle 2GB.... I don't know if it is true but I am hoping to all hell and back it isn't. I am running the 64 bit Vista so I know I can upgrade by those standards, I was just under the impression that I couldn't upgrade because of the HP pavilion dv6000 can only handle 2GB part... If this is not true then I am going to upgrade to 4GB of RAM because it seems like it is desperate for it....

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What about spyware/malware?

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What about spyware/malware protection? AVG 8 alone isn't enough by a long shot, especially if you use Internet Explorer. Even Windows Defender, that comes bundled as a part of Vista, isn't enough combined with AVG 8.

So what else do you have installed that keeps spyware/malware off of your system?

And given it's an HP system, I would strongly suspect that there is a hard limit of 2GB of RAM. So, when you pile on top of that all the bloat in Vista, and you have Vista Ultimate, then you're probably only at the baseline spec for acceptable performance with 2GB of RAM.

If the system didn't come with Vista preloaded, you might want to consider going back to XP. If it did come with Vista, then you're probably screwed. You should just consider yourself lucky you don't seem to have any major hardware defects given it's an HP.

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Re: AVG

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AVG 8 Pro covers Spyware and Malware...

I have read that if I update the BIOS with the new download from the HP site then the Pavilion dv6000 will take 4GB of RAM... Any thoughts as to if this is true?

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And like I said

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And like I said, AVG 8 isn't NEARLY enough, even when combined with Windows Defender.

Spyware/malware isn't like viruses, where one AV program is about as good as the next. Different spyware/malware removal programs will find different things and miss others, so you need to have several of them in the hopes that the things one program misses will be picked up by one of the others.

And just in general, here's a set of tips for smooth computer operation.

TIPS FOR A SMOOTH RUNNING SYSTEM
================================

The more of these suggestions you follow, the fewer problems you should have. Follow them all, and you've probably eliminated at least 95% of all potential problem sources.

Things you should NOT do
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1: Use Internet Explorer
2: Use any browser based on Internet Explorer
3: Use Outlook or Outlook Express
4: Open email attachments you haven't manually scanned with your virus scanner
5: Open email attachments you were not expecting, no matter who they appear to be from
6: Respond to spam messages, including using unsubscribe links
7: Visit questionable websites (e.g. porn, warez, hacking)
8: Poke unnecessary holes in your firewall by clicking "Allow" every time some program requests access to the Internet
9: Click directly on links in email messages
10: Use file sharing or P2P programs
11: Use pirated programs

Things you SHOULD do
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1: Use a non-IE or IE based browser
2: Always have an up to date virus scanner running
3: Always have a firewall running
4: Install all the latest security updates (the exception to the no-IE rule)
5: Delete all unsolicited emails containing attachments without reading
6: Manually scan all email attachments with your virus scanner, regardless of whether it's supposed to be done automatically
7: Copy and paste URLs from email messages into your web browser
8: Inspect links copied and pasted into your web browser to ensure they don't seem to contain a second/different address

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follow vista's advice

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and close programs. you probably have a bunch of bloat/crapware running. add in the windows sidebar and it's not unusual to see a vista pc struggling.

suggest you check out http://pcdecrapifier.com/ to remove the bloatware and use windows defender software explorer to manage your start up programs.

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