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Upgrade RAM or Bash it against the wall?

George, my HP Compaq Presario V2402UA, is clearly about to buy the farm. This laptop has never had to be serviced; it has never crashed (in the sense of destroying my data). "He" (lol) has been a good buddy (I named this thing b/c I spend so much time with it that I figured it deserved a name). However, within the last month, it is so completely slow in EVERYTHING that I need it to do (rebooting [5 min], opening Word [3min], opening Firefox [2min], etc) that I decided that something must be done. I have been troubleshooting for weeks and have decided that the most likely candidate for my frustration is a deficiency in memory. It's running on 640 RAM (DDR) now and has 2 ports. I would like to add a 1GB stick (at least--2 would be choice). BUT, the DDR upgrades are outrageously expensive (for obvious reasons), and I wouldn't be able to recycle that DDR stick into a new laptop that I'd like to buy in the future. (In addition, I have a 36GB HD of which only 7.5 is left). Amazingly enough, I am able to play WoW on this machine...but that eats up a lot of resourced as well.

Fact is that I have very limited funds at the moment, but "George" is an absolute necessity in my work. I'm on the fence, and I really need advice: Should I buy the stick (which seems penny-wise and pound foolish--and perhaps dangerous given the age of my machine) or try to suck it up and buy a new laptop? Or does anyone have any ideas about other options?

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Just sharing.

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A neighbor has a V2000 model and the fix for his slow machine was to get wired to the router until we sorted it out. In the end we picked up an under 20 buck WPNT511 card.

I looked at DDR ram and it's never been cheaper. Maybe you are comparing it to today's DDR2 deals? But in spite of that, XP runs well on 512MB so you have more. The issue is unlikely to be RAM.

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Your choice, but

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When you've had a system for sometime, system lag tends to build-up if no actions were ever taken to help keep it anew. I suggest, if you hadn't already look into cleaning any files, pgms., services, backgrd. running pgms. etc., review them and discard, un-install or delete them period once determined no longer needed. If you simply just kept things as they were, the system does get clogged-up and that works to clean it. I use a pgm., called "CCleaner", google for it to help in this matter. Also, you may want to simply back-up your most important or precious data and start afresh. This entails wiping out the HD, reloading the OS and/or restore it back to the day it was sold. Reload pgms., return the data and that clears the clutter. Plus, get the XP updates you will need again. it does seem drastic but it better than tossing against the wall. Of course, if you need ram, get it. Cost factor is up to you as a new system costs alot more, but again, consider a new system. New laptops have some decent low prices in the time you've brought you're old one.

tada -----Willy Happy

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"George" thanks you

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Bob and Willy--Thank you! I had definitely not thought of the WPNT511 card, and I will be on the trail for that. "CCleaner" sounds like a BLAST actually. It sounds drastic, sure, but so does spring cleaning--until you see the results of it! I just had no idea how to do to avoid getting rid of the wrong things. Now I'm ON IT! This was my first time to post to CNET--it was a shot in the dark. But I see that I was shooting in the right direction. Thanks again.

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