Make my computer faster
I have returned my works computer and started using my old home PC. It is glacially slow. The spec is AMD Sempron 3000+ 2.01 GHz with 448MB RAM.
I don’t want to spend much on it but I am guessing upping the rRAM is the most cost effective way to improve the speed (8 minutes to boot up, 7 seconds to open Internet Explorer).
1) What is a reasnable amount of RAM?
2) Are there likely to be limits to how much i can get and if so how do I tell?Posted 8 years agowwaswasSubscriber
easiest way to speed it up would be to backup any docs etc you have on there, wipte the hard drive, reinstall windows/linux/os of choice and then only install apps you really need.
Most pc’s run slow ‘cos they have 60 services runniong for apps that are never used.Posted 8 years agosamuriMember
Reasonable amount of RAM? as much as the PC will take. It’s cheap just get whatever you can squeeze in. I’d recommend 4G nowadays.
What motherboard do you have? Get PC wizard and install it, that’ll tell you everything you need to know to be able to go to crucial and buy the ramPosted 8 years ago
actually anything over 3GB of ram is pointless in Windows 32 bit systems, even with PAE. So buying that extra Gig is just a waste of money
What virus scanner are you using as if its AVG thats seems to have turning into bloatware and kills systems, kaspersky seems to have much lower memory demands.
or if you just want to read email, and write basic documents (no games) Ubuntu is worth a punt.Posted 8 years ago
I’d be inclined to reinstall the OS.
But first do try a “Disk clean up” [programs->accessories->system tools->disk clean up] to make sure all the junk is removed.
Then do a defrag, found in the same place.
Also if you have anything by “Norton” on the PC, delete it ffs it kills PCs.
Go through the “add remove” programs list and take off whatever you dont need.
I’d do all that before throwing money away on RAM.Posted 8 years ago
The PC should run much quicker than that even with your current amount of RAM.stumpy01Member
I’m with Takisawa2 on this…..I doubled the ram on my computer after everyone saying that it will really speed up my computer…..it made it marginally faster.
I think I need to format and start again as suggested on here. It’s just a massive ball ache.
Probably worth trying more ram as it is cheap, but you will be limited by your motherboard. Cruicial will tell you how much yours can accept.Posted 8 years ago
Get the maximum amount of RAM your PC will support, but first download Microsoft Defender from the MS website – free download. Go to “software explorer” and select “startup programs”. Check all but essential start up programs then reboot. This will shorten the boot time significantly and keep RAM use to a minimum.Posted 8 years agouplinkMember
Get the maximum amount of RAM your PC will support, but first download Microsoft Defender from the MS website – free download. Go to “software explorer” and select “startup programs”. Check all but essential start up programs then reboot. This will shorten the boot time significantly and keep RAM use to a minimum.
You can just type “msconfig” in the run box to do this – no need to download anythingPosted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
My PC was running SO slowly a while ago, the hard drive was virtually full so there was no reserve space and it had a tiny amount of RAM.Posted 8 years ago
Fitted a new hard drive, cleaned out the original one, added as much RAM as the system would cope with (www.crucial.com will tell you all the info re what type/how much RAM you need). Then wiped all the applications that were slowing it down on boot-up, defragged the whole lot and it works much faster now. It’s still too old to run a lot of stuff well but I’ve just got a new laptop for so I can cope with this one being a bit decrepit.zaskarMember
I rebuilt an old pc for media pc use using old parts advertised here (thansk folks).
XP2600 Barton 2Ghz
2 gig ram (windows xp)
x8 agp gfx card 9550 bios as 9600 pro (Same board and chip)
Other stuff I can’t remember!
Old M board.
Anyway it works fine for movies (Hi def 720 its fine but struggles for 1080i blue ray etc can hesitate a fraction)
I’ve noticed the security stuff has slowed it down but it’s worth it. New security stuff is less intensive-even Norton jumped on the band wagon…
A friend had 256mg and 3gz processor so we just stuck in 2gb of ram and it’s stopped crashing and surfs/office etc fine. Plays movies etc.
It does the best it can do now but even that is limited to the gfx and cpu being old.
Also old hard drives can slow down if the bearings are going-check for loud noises.-No rattles-then it should be ok.
Using a dual core processor-sure I noticed a difference when multi tasking but not that much and I don’t play games on pc or engineering programmes except video editing that can use dual+ cores fly and on my old media unit takes ages-so I don’t use it for that.
My laptop is a better spec that my media pc lol.
Besides wait for USB 3 to come out later this year and the Jan multi cores to come down a bit.
As above-crucial scanner.
I have a mac too-but I won’t be the one that says buy that! lol.
£20 upgrade is a bargain to get more life from your pc then next year windows 7 and usb3 and cheaper quad cores-build a new pc if you need it.Posted 8 years agomolgripsSubscriber
More ram will help but it’s diminishing returns. Going from say 2 to 4 won’t make a lot of difference but from 0.5 to 2 will transform it. 0.5 just isn’t enough these days.
How do you know which processes can be stopped/deleted etc, there seems to be dozens running on mine and I have no idea what they are?
You can search online but the best way to do it is with msconfig as that’ll give you more info as to what the programs actually are. You can also use the administrative tools to turn off services you don’t need. There are loads of articles online telling you how to do this, along with comprehensive lists of what all the services are. If you are unsure of what a startup option does or a service, just google its name.Posted 8 years agouplinkMember
Hey uplink, do you want to post user instructions for the method needed to disable startup programmes using the DOS command window?
Start > RunPosted 8 years ago
Select the start up tab > uncheck what you don’t want to run at start up
Click apply & close the box
You have to confirm it when you next start your PC too
Okay, so RAM first and then ditch the unnecessary services.
I am guessing that this is the RAM. It is marked up as 512MB DDR RAM. Do I just replace the entire thing or do I add to it? Does it have to be DDR or is there newer faster stuff?
Here is the slot it goes in in case that make a difference. There are two long green slots and it was in the left one.
Posted 8 years ago
Remember DDR and DDR2 do nt work in the same board (not yours anyway) so get the right type.
Also the speed of the RAM is limited by the mobo chipset.Posted 8 years ago
My guess is your is DDR400 (PC3200).
If the RAM is too fast it will just run at the max speed the chipset will allow and not cause any problems.
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