That's nice, the DMA2. If you did all the steps I recommended, especially the msconfig
, there is not much left that you can do. The memory of the system (RAM) is too small to run XP fast. I assume that this computer was used to run WIN98 which is far "lighter" then XP. You can install more RAM, that will improve things, but I am not sure to what extent. It might be that the computer is not capable of much more. If you wish us to look a little deeper into your hardware please write down the make and model of the motherboard.
The programs that are loaded on the computer do not place burden as long as they don't show up in Startup
menu, and as long as they are kept closed.
Could you tell us what security programs you run? If you use one of these "all in one" (like Zone Alarm, Norton and other"suites") then this can worsen the situation to a great extent. If you do, uninstall them and download AVAST or AVG Antivirus (both free) and install them. If you download AVG please disable the automatic scan. This will save you lot of frustration. Use manual scanning from time to time.
to Give you better protection please download other antimalware programs that do not run in the background, such as Spybot Search And Destroy, AVG Antispyware (disable the real time protection option).
Another option is to disable Automatic Updates of Windows and update the computer manually once in a while.
Edited by The Skeptic, 26 December 2007 - 10:00 AM.