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Need fix for slow Computer/Low Virtual Memory


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Hello,

I have a Dell PC purchased in 2004 with Windows XP. Over the past year it has become increasingly slow to the point where I can barely use it comfortably. I get occasional pop-ups telling me my virtual memory is too low but I have reason to believe its more than that. It takes incredibly long to open and close windows, folders, programs, and use the Internet.

I have defragged my computer, increased my virtual memory size, and tried to clean up old files and programs that I do not use. I have 80GB hard drive and barely have used half of it, although I have a large number of digital photos in My Pictures folder.

I am not sure if this is a matter of purchasing more virtual memory, buying an external hard drive, or just re-installing my Windows XP. I have had viruses in the past but removed them sucessfully so I don't think this is a result of them.

Any feedback and help would be appreciated.
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Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")
- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)
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Microsoft Windows XP, Home Edition, Version 2002, Service Pack 3
Dell Dimension DIM2400
Intel®
Pentium® 4 CPU 2.80GHz
2.79GHz, 256MB of RAM

Used Space: 37.1 GB Free Space: 47.3 GB Capacity: 74.4 GB

In Use:
Zone Alarm Firewall
AVG Free Edition Antivirus, AVG Anti-Spyware, AVG 7.5

Other Programs:
Spybot, Ad-aware, Hijack THis, AOL Spyware Protection, SpwareBlaster

Edited by DP21, 23 February 2009 - 08:18 PM.

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256MB of RAM

The above is your main problem.
XP wants to have at least 512MB of RAM, 1GB preferable...
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So does that mean I have to purchase more RAM? Can you refer me to a good place or site to buy that?
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Sure thing: http://crucial.com/s.....202400 Series
512MB for $28, or 1Gb for $45.
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Thank you!
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You're welcome :)
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