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Do we need more memory?


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jefnl

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My wife uses our older computer, a Dell with a 667 MHz Intel processor running Windows 98 (4.10.2222 A) with 128MB of RAM. We use Norton AntiVirus with automatic updates.

The computer has been running quite slowly lately. Using the System Monitor, how do I determine whether there's a good chance that adding RAM would help?

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Adding RAM generally helps the performance of most computers.

With a 667mhz processor, it's quite far behind. Maybe look on ebay for an upgrade?

Also - have you checked the available disk space on the hard drive? If you're running low on physical memory, it could definitely have that effect.
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That computer is too old to be upgraded anymore. When you can buy a good Compaq or H-P for $400-$500 why spend the money for more memory. If you insist in buying memory and are running Win ME or earlier OS's buy a 512 MB stick . They do not like more than 512Mb of memory in these old computers.

http://www.tigerdire...e...2&CatId=145

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820146304

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SRX660"s advice is good except that a lot of older machines may not be able to recognize a full 512mb stick, you may need two 256s or four 128s to work. You can check with the makers specifications. It will probably need to be PC133 and the fastest processors made for that machine would be 1,133mhz, but even a 1,000 mhz would be a nice improvement. You can add memory and upgrade the processor without having to make any changes in the operating system. Also a faster hard drive with a UDMA cable would help too. You do know that win98 and ME are no longer supported by Microsoft?
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There's plenty of space on the hard disk. Tried to defragment it, and selected the option to check the drive first. It's been running about 12 hours, and still shows "Checking drive for errors...0% complete." Should I stop it and start over without the option to check the drive first?

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I would suggest using JkDefrag, but it is only supported from Windows 2000 and on. Try looking for another defrag program, I find generally the Windows built-in versions to be less than reliable... It obviously needs to support Windows 98...
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