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by Clarky12345 / January 26, 2008 6:35 PM PST

Hi -

My Sister gave me her old PC with which i've clean installed XP Home, thinking the computer would be able to handle this OS no problem. It takes ages for it to respond after it boots up and the interaction is about a 10 second wait after i perform any action. It wont even launch task manager. I was wondering if anyone was able to tell me if the computer i have doesn't meet the specs. for XP Home. I've got a:-

CPU - AMD Duron 1.20 Ghz, 120 MB of RAM

Hard Disk Space - 40 GB.

Display adaptor - Trident Video accelerator Blade 3D/Pro media

Are far as i know, this all should be ok for XP Home to go fine on it but it doesnt its slower than than time standing still and freezes up all the time.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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Just a couple of thoughts.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 26, 2008 7:29 PM PST

That RAM. 120MB is much too low for XP to work effectively. The minimum usually recommended in these forums is 512MB but many have 1GB or more. I use 2GB of RAM.

Drivers. Windows doesn't find drivers that well and so on a clean install, (reformat, then install), you need to find motherboard, video, drivers, etc. Not a thing I know too much about but I wonder if a motherboard that old will have drivers for XP.


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by Clarky12345 / January 26, 2008 7:53 PM PST

So - if i buy a Gig of RAM, that should do the trick. I'll update my drivers drivers from device manager aswell - hopefully it'll pick them up. If not i'll search the internet for them.

This probably seems like a stupid question to you, but do you know if RAM is universal? I've got a feeling it should be compatible with your processor, not sure though?

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Others here will tell you
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 26, 2008 8:02 PM PST
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by Clarky12345 / January 26, 2008 8:36 PM PST

much appreciated.

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Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2008 10:55 PM PST

I have an ancient laptop with 64MB RAM that runs Windows 2000. It's only a rat in our lab to test that our software runs on such a thing but it takes no less than 10 minutes to boot and be ready to run our software.

You'll want more ram.

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