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ok....

p3
500mhz processor

640 pc100 ram

two graphics cards
1 64meg agp
1 128meg pci
two vga monitors 19 inch

running programs-
yac
avg antivirus
skype
yahoo mess
win live mess

everything works fine
no junk or problems
i keep it very clean
mostly from what i learned here
just slow with muti tasking
and slow just running skype a bit

wondering if there is any tweaks to get the most out of the 640 ram
or any other siuggestions to boost performance

i've heard something about doing something with the cache
but don't know what it was

going to get a new computer some time this summer
at james suggestion i'm waiting till the expected price drops

edit - o forgot to say windows xp home

Edited by cmpm, 14 April 2007 - 05:55 PM.

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One obvious way is to get a faster processor, PIII can run higher than 1ghz. What processor you can use depends on your front side bus speed, can it go to 133mhz or is it limited to 100mhz. What kind of machine/motherboard is it?
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gateway 500

AMIBIOS Motherboard Manufacturer Identification
Version 1.4 (01/12/2004) Copyright 2003 American Megatrends, Inc.

This file has recorded information useful in identifying the manufacturer
of this motherboard. The information is listed below:

ALERT: This BIOS has been identified as PhoenixBIOS!
Please contact Phoenix for motherboard support ...http://www.phoenix.com

NO STANDARD AMIBIOS IDENTIFICATION STRING DETECTED. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT AMI TECH SUPPORT CONCERNING THIS PRODUCT.

For more information on upgrading your BIOS go to http://www.ami.com/s....cfm?refer=mbid
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SMBIOS info:
Manufacturer : Intel Corporation
Product Name : WS440BX
Version : AA744110-203
Serial Number: ISWS93204495

-ok phoenix doesn't have any help though there site looks impressive
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here that succer is-

Intel (Tabor3) BX Motherboard R1 [Part #4000510]
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This why i think it's not using all that mem

it shows up in properties right clicking my computer
but i don't know what it's actually doing...

Memory Upgrade Information for the Tabor 2 and Tabor 3 Motherboards
The Gateway Tabor 2 and Tabor 3 motherboards have three Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets. The memory is expandable up to 384 MB. The basic input/output system (BIOS) automatically detects memory type, size and speed. Memory can be installed in one, two, or three sockets. Memory type, size and speed can vary between sockets. Memory should be installed in the slot near the middle of the motherboard first, the middle slot second, and the outermost slot last.

Features of the memory that can be installed in the slots:


168-pin DIMMs with gold-plated contacts
Unbuffered Synchronous DRAM (SDRAM)
Non-ECC (64-bit) and ECC (72-bit) memory
3.3V memory only
100-megahertz (MHz) or PC100 SDRAM
Single or double-sided DIMMs in the following sizes:

DIMM size Non-ECC configuration ECC configuration
8 MB 1 Mbit × 64 1 Mbit × 72
16 MB 2 Mbit × 64 2 Mbit × 72
32 MB 4 Mbit × 64 4 Mbit × 72
64 MB 8 Mbit × 64 8 Mbit × 72
128 MB 16 Mbit × 64 16 Mbit × 72

Memory Slot Information for My Computer

If you are using the computer that you want to upgrade the memory on, click My Current Configuration to see your computer's memory slot information. After clicking the link, click OK if a dialog box opens. The Memory section shows the amount of memory and the memory slot information for your computer. You can close the My Current Configuration window after you have your memory slot information
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Anyways, I don't have a faster processor for it, and will save for a better comp.
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http://support.gatew...4000532nv.shtml


Memory

640MB physical
90% free resources
3 memory slots, 0 free (256+256+128)

thats all i know so far

Edited by cmpm, 14 April 2007 - 09:32 PM.

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how phoenix got involved i have no idea..lol...:whistling:

Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller (7/1/2001)
Secondary IDE Channel (7/1/2001)

BIOS
Intel Corp. 4W4SB0X0.15A.0013.P08 04/22/1999
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allright
uninstalled
google toolbar
yahoo browser helper
google updater
ipod thing
a couple of other unneeded things
kept my google notebook
never put in yahoo toolbar

ran ccleaner-clean & fix issues
ran cleanup
shut down everything i could
and defraged

internet is working faster
much better performance
i have high speed
suppose that's why it bugged me for the net to be slow

i'll see how it goes with skype
should be better

only game i play is chess, so no problem there
my kids have the faster computers for now
to run their games

hope this helped someone besides me
i'm just thinking outload

input still welcome

btw, my paging file is system managed
running at 959-usage at and near 384
so i guess the thing sees and uses the 640ram thats installed
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