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Old 03-16-2014, 01:23 PM
 
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Okay, here's my story. I've had the same PC for about 6 years running Win XP. Pretty much the only thing I do is surf the web and nothing else. My system was constantly slow and crashing so I figured I would try some solutions. Here's what I checked for,

Viruses,
Spyware,
Malware,
Windows Updates,
Different web browsers, IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari,
Disk Defrag,
Ccleaner,
Un-installing programs,
disabling items in startup,
and last but not least formating the hard drive and starting over. (this worked for about a few days and then back to the same old problems,)

All of which was to no avail. So I tried one last thing. I upgraded my memory from 1 GB to 3 GB and presto!

It's like I got a brand new computer, the thing hasn't crashed once and it's running better than ever before.

My question is, since when is 1 GB of memory insufficient just to surf the web???
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:50 PM
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Okay, here's my story. I've had the same PC for about 6 years running Win XP. Pretty much the only thing I do is surf the web and nothing else. My system was constantly slow and crashing so I figured I would try some solutions. Here's what I checked for,

Viruses,
Spyware,
Malware,
Windows Updates,
Different web browsers, IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari,
Disk Defrag,
Ccleaner,
Un-installing programs,
disabling items in startup,
and last but not least formating the hard drive and starting over. (this worked for about a few days and then back to the same old problems,)

All of which was to no avail. So I tried one last thing. I upgraded my memory from 1 GB to 3 GB and presto!

It's like I got a brand new computer, the thing hasn't crashed once and it's running better than ever before.

My question is, since when is 1 GB of memory insufficient just to surf the web???
1GB of RAM is pretty dang slow, most smaller programs require minimum of at least 2GB RAM. I would even say upgrade to more if you can 3GB isn't all that much, it is enough for surfing though. I had programs on my PC that were slow with 8GB of RAM, that's how data heavy some programs can be.
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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1GB of RAM is pretty dang slow, most smaller programs require minimum of at least 2GB RAM. I would even say upgrade to more if you can 3GB isn't all that much, it is enough for surfing though. I had programs on my PC that were slow with 8GB of RAM, that's how data heavy some programs can be.
Unless the OP is using 64 bit Windows (they aren't), there's no point in adding any more.
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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My question is, since when is 1 GB of memory insufficient just to surf the web???
Since about 10 years ago.

When XP was first released 1 GB was about the bare minimum that you'd want (it technically will run with 512 MB, but barely).

Windows itself will use 1-2 GB if it's available, so just starting the computer will use most of your 1 GB.

Since that original release, every piece of software has grown dramatically (including Windows), and "surfing the web" has changed from reading light weight pages designed for dial up, to streaming 1080 video on demand, tons of multimedia, and other incredibly large hunks of content, all of which want to be in your RAM.
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:29 PM
 
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Unless the OP is using 64 bit Windows (they aren't), there's no point in adding any more.
While the 32-bit Windows kernel can up to 64gb of RAM, Windows XP 32-bit has an artificial (software) limitation of 4GB of ram. So the OP can install 1GB more and still benefit from it.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:32 PM
 
Location: NJ
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You can go into Windows Task Manager and click on the 'Performance' tab and it will show how much RAM your system is currently using. Right now I'm running Windows 8.1 and browsing this website using IE11 and I'm only utilizing 1.0 GB of RAM.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:33 PM
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While the 32-bit Windows kernel can up to 64gb of RAM, Windows XP 32-bit has an artificial (software) limitation of 4GB of ram. So the OP can install 1GB more and still benefit from it.
Thank you for explaining this to the above poster. As was stated, 32-bit up to 4GB.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:24 PM
 
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While the 32-bit Windows kernel can up to 64gb of RAM, Windows XP 32-bit has an artificial (software) limitation of 4GB of ram. So the OP can install 1GB more and still benefit from it.
I didn't say they couldn't, just that it's not worth it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:31 AM
 
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1GB; those were the days!
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:48 AM
 
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Windows XP can run on 256M. Not REAL well, but well enough. Fact.
And 1 GB will run XP just fine. Fact.
When did it not become enough? When you installed a bunch of other stuff on your PC.
I guarantee if you restored your PC back to the way it was when you bought it, it would run fine.
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