Before I got to the part about the suggestion, I keyed on the RAM. XP wants at least 256 Meg. You slower processor with your RAM is just overworking. RAM is the easiest fix. I'd add the 256 to give you a total of 384 Meg. You will definately see an improvement.
I'd try the RAM before I messed with the card.
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I have a problem with my computer and im hoping I may get some useful advice. I believe the original owner had ME on there when he/she got it and had then re formatted to XP. The problem is it tends to crash and usually not long after it loads up. It does not happen all the time, but when it does its very frustrating. Point is I dont think its due to a conflict because most of the time it happens is when I open an application and it doesnt seem to matter what that application may be. The last time it happened is when I tried to load the disk for a digital camera ive just bought.
Here is as much detail as I can find.
P3 866mhz 30gb HD 128mg RAM with a PC Chips motherboard M754 series. XP Home Edition SP2 and Office, Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
I have Norton Premier 2005, Zone Alarm Pro firewall, Spyware Doctor, Ad Aware, Spybot, Paint Shop Pro and Musicmatch. The bulk of the occupied space is MP3 music. I have no games installed.
I phoned a local computer store and they suggest that I need to increase my RAM to at least 256 and possibly install a new graphics card because the one I have predates XP.
My question is, is that sound advice and if not what would resolve this problem?