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snowboardtogo

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Well we recently just upgraded out computer from 512 MB of RAM to 1528 MB of RAM. It was installed professionaly, and should have been done right. But now ever since it was installed, our computer has been running slower than ever. I thought the RAM was suppoused to make it faster and easier to use. I had my logs checked for malware here by RatHat, and he said they look clean and to post here. Some one please help me make my computer fast again!!!

Here are my system specs:
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Throwing more memory at a computer doesn't necessarily make it faster, you'll only really notice it if it was low on memory and struggling to do anything before. Depending on what you do with the computer adding the memory may not make much improvement.
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When you say:

"I had my logs checked for malware here by RatHat, and he said they look clean"

Did that include a check for viruses?

edit...the person who installed the ram, did he do anything else?

Edited by macten, 20 May 2007 - 07:34 AM.

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snowboardtogo's log has very little in it that could be causing his problem. One thing I noticed was that he had 1.5 gig of RAM.

I am not sure, but had a nagging feeling that RAM is supposed to be in set multiples, ie: 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB etc. Could the uneven quantity of RAm be a cause?

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I think his RAM is ok. I was running 750M for awhile. This could be software or hardware. I'll have to wait till he responds.
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First off, thank you for replying macten!!!

As you see Rathat said he cleared my log of anything that could be causing harm.

Also the guy that installed it only installed the RAM, my dad even watched him do it. Nothing else was done.
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Is the computer slow or is the web browsing slow? If you click on 'start' and then 'programs' and launch a program is this whats slow? If you double click on an icon is it slow opening?

Do you use any Norton products?

What do you use for antivirus?

Edited by macten, 20 May 2007 - 09:26 PM.

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How many chips did he install?
Was your old one left in?

In other words do you have 3 512 MB chips?
a Gig and a 512?

Also specs on your machine may help.
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looks like he may have installed slower memory which slowed down what was already installed....which means it wasn't professionaly installed.
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download and install Everest:

http://www.majorgeek...ad.php?det=4181

run the program, expand 'motherboard', click on 'spd'

in the right pane at the top, post what it says for Dim1, Dim2, Dim3 etc.

in the lower part of the right pane, what does it say for 'memory speed'?

Edited by macten, 20 May 2007 - 10:54 PM.

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Well I had 2 256MB DDR PC3200 sticks of RAM that came with the computer.
We bought a 1 GB DDR PC3200 stick of RAM and that what was installed.

System specs are above in the first post, just click on the thumb nail.

Here are screenshots of what each stick said.

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in the lower part of the right pane, what does it say for 'memory speed'?


I don't see where it says that. I just posted the whole screenshot so everything should be in it. To enlarge it just clcik on the picture several times.
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Are all 3 rated at 200MHZ?
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Yes, they are all PC3200 (200 MHz) according to Everest.
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I would try them in different slots and see if that makes any difference. That 1G chip may have to be in a certain slot. I'll do some checking and post back. I'm getting tired. I'll probably post back in the morning.
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