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Old 08-28-2007, 06:13 PM
 
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So I have a pretty fast computer with a Pentium 4 processor with HT. I use the computer mostly for surfing, bills, etc. but sometimes it seems to freeze up or is a bit slow. I run Adaware and keep my security up to date. Will an upgrade from 512mb to 1 gb of memory make a difference?
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:20 PM
 
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One other thing is that I have quite a lot of music on my computer so perhaps that slows it down? Not sure..
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:51 PM
 
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Will an upgrade from 512mb to 1 gb of memory make a difference?
What operating system?

If it's XP or Vista, then yes, definitely...and I'd even consider going to 2 gigs. Liz
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:27 PM
 
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Yes I run XP. I have 4 slots for memory so I will begin to upgrade. thanks!
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:41 PM
 
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Yup anymore 512 is the bare minimum. If you upgrade to 1gb the computer should be much more responsive.

The only way the music would slow your computer down is if it was taking up a vast majority of your computer and you had low to no hard disk space left.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:32 AM
 
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I ordered 1gb from Tigerdirect last night so with the 512mb I already have things should pick up.
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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So I have a pretty fast computer with a Pentium 4 processor with HT. I use the computer mostly for surfing, bills, etc. but sometimes it seems to freeze up or is a bit slow. I run Adaware and keep my security up to date. Will an upgrade from 512mb to 1 gb of memory make a difference?
Four questions:

Does it run slow or freeze up while you're surfing the web?

How much space does your disk drive have?

How much virtual memory do you have allocated on your computer? (Control Panel-->System-->Advanced Tab-->Settings in "Performance" Box-->Advanced Tab
)

How much memory does your video card have?

Going from 512 to 1 gig can be nice, but sometimes you can resolve the issue by some changes in the configurations.[/b][/color]
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:55 AM
 
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Memory is most likely the first step towards a faster PC. 1.5 gig is a good place to begin. Freezing can be from 100 other things too. You need to see how much crap is starting when you run the PC via MSCONFIG, all that needs to start really is a few M$ things, and Vscan pretty much. Printers and all that BS like to throw themselves into startup which isnt needed. Download Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy and run them too.
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Old 08-29-2007, 05:03 PM
 
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Four questions:

Does it run slow or freeze up while you're surfing the web?

How much space does your disk drive have?

How much virtual memory do you have allocated on your computer? (Control Panel-->System-->Advanced Tab-->Settings in "Performance" Box-->Advanced Tab
)

How much memory does your video card have?

Going from 512 to 1 gig can be nice, but sometimes you can resolve the issue by some changes in the configurations.[/b][/color]
Well, my virtual memory shows to be 744mb. My video card 64mb.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:29 PM
 
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since you say you have a lot of music on your computer, i would recommend using perfect disk to defrag and optimize your hard drive. upgrading memory will most likely prevent a lot of problems, but i have found that a fragmented hard drive can kill performance.
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