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Should I increase the RAM or get a new unit?

by abin06 / September 20, 2008 2:47 AM PDT

Hi All,

I have been using a Lenovo laptop for the past 2 years without any problems. It is an Intel Celeron M 420 1.6 Ghz system with 512 Mb RAM, 60Gb HDD, Intel 945 GM Chipset. My needs are very basic .... lots of net surfing, playing DVDs and working on spreadsheets, which the unit still does well. I'm using Windows XP Pro SP 2 on it. I have never formatted the machine but regularly defrag and clean the registry using ccleaner. It has become a bit slow now. I am a bit confused on whether I should get a new laptop with the latest specs or should I increase the RAM to 1 Gb. Could you please suggest , considering my needs what would be the best thing to do? Also advise what is the ammount of RAM I should have on this machine for best performance. What is the max RAM supported by XP? Can I use a Tv tuner card with this machine?

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XP Pro has become more hungry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 20, 2008 3:39 AM PDT

I think your idea of moving to 1.0GB to be a good idea. More good ideas at;forum-threads

"What is the max RAM supported by XP?"

In your case, and the maximum that your machine can hold is supported. For a longer answer, see and ask this question.

"Can I use a Tv tuner card with this machine?"

I don't know. But I know I use Tv tuner cards from ATI or Hauppauge on many many laptop of less power than what you have.

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It all depends...
by jorge.avila.m / September 20, 2008 1:17 PM PDT


One thing is changing computer and another getting more RAM (there is a lot of money difference)... getting more RAM will give a new life to that computer (I'd recommend installing a fresh windows XP after the RAM upgrade)... you should check at or to know the RAM max and type of configuration that your laptop supports.

The only thing you should be aware, is that new applications are more CPU and RAM demanding, which means your computer might get somehow obsolete, of course this depends in whether you will be upgrading your apps or not...

If I were you, I'd upgrade the RAM first, the upgrade RAM cost is not that expensive and you will end up with a spare-laptop when you get your new one next year Wink


Jorge Avila

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