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micalparkz

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Hi there :)

My computer is just 700Mhz processor and 256 mb ram. Total memory is around 18 gb. C drive 9.75 gb. D driver aroudn 8 gb. I use windows XP professional

I know its slow at the basic.

But when I formated all the drives and when it becomes all clean, it runs fine.

But when now, it is toooo slow. Every now and then the computer would give me the message, windows is increasing the size of virtual memory.

I don't think I have any spywares or viruses.

Youtube works fine mostly but the website like metacafe works sooo slow. Usually the online streamings work slow. On the other hand, google video works perfect.

Why my system is so slow? Is it heavy? In fact, I have about 8 gb free space out of 18 gb memory. Why it gets slow with time whereas it works fine when I use it after fresh formatting.

I have been planning to ask this question in this forum for long, finally posting it today.

Looking forward to your help.
Thanks

Kind Regards,
Muneeb Khan
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Hello welcome to GeeksToGo, We will be happy to help you.

We will need some more information

If this is a name brand system:
Make
Model
Operating System
Age of the computer
Memory Total
Hard Drive Size, How much free space



If this is custom then We will need the following:

The CPU brand and model
The Motherboard brand and model
Ram amount and speed
Cd\Dvd rom interface IDE/
Hard Drive size and free space
Any cards in PCI slots

In Addition please supply:

Any software installed\updated and driver updates done just before problem started.
Any hardware installed\updated prior to problem starting.

All this will help in determining a course of action to best correct the problem you are experiencing.
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Thanks for the reply Rshaffer :)

Make : Intel Pentium
Model : 3
Operating System : Xp professional version 2002 service pack 2
Age of the computer : not sure but i bought this laptop second hand in oct 2006
Memory Total : C driver 9.75 gb, D drive 8.86 gb
Hard Drive Size, How much free space : free space, C drive 3.97 gb, D drive 4.78 gb

I'm sorry if my reply is weird, its just because I'm not so literate in this stuff


About the software and/or hardware, I can't remember. I guess it happens gradually. If I can think of any program, my deep guess would be Skype maybe.
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Lets take a look at the hard drive and see what you have.

Go to
1: Start
2: My Computer
3: Right Click on "C" drive
4: Click on Properties
5: In this field it will tell you total drive space and also free space

Please post results in next reply


Please download CPUz from my signature below

1: Save it to your desktop.
2: Click on the icon it creates and let it run
3: I need the following information from it.
4: First click on the Mainboard tab at the top of the window and give me Manufacturer and Model number it shows
5: Cllick on the Memory tab and give me the Type and Size of memory it shows.
6: Click on the SPD tab and get me the Max Bandwidth line information.

Please include in your next reply
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1. The processor is slow.
2. You need more RAM. XP really likes to deal with at least 512 MB of RAM.
3. How much free space on C, and D drives?
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C Drive Total Capacity 9.75 Gb
Free Space 3.90 Gb


D Drive Total Capacity 8.86gb
Free Space 4.78 gb
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Please download CPUz from my signature below

1: Save it to your desktop.
2: Click on the icon it creates and let it run
3: I need the following information from it.
4: First click on the Mainboard tab at the top of the window and give me Manufacturer and Model number it shows
5: Cllick on the Memory tab and give me the Type and Size of memory it shows.
6: Click on the SPD tab and get me the Max Bandwidth line information.

Please include in your next reply




Download and install EVEREST
Open it.
In left pane expand Computer folder.
Click once on Summary
In upper menu, go Report>Quick Report-Summary
Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.
Don't include anything under the line Debug - PCI

Edited by rshaffer61, 25 April 2009 - 07:33 AM.

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micalparkz

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Mainboard
Manufacturer : Dell Computer Corporation
Model : Latitude C600

Memory
Type : SDRAM
Size : 256 MBytes

SPD
Max Bandwidth : PC125 (125 MHz)
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--------[ EVEREST Home Edition © 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Quick Report
Computer MAK-F50BA2A9609
Generator Muneeb
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2009-04-25
Time 14:44


--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name MAK-F50BA2A9609
User Name Muneeb

Motherboard:
CPU Type Mobile Intel Pentium IIIE, 700 MHz (7 x 100)
Motherboard Name Dell Latitude C600
Motherboard Chipset Intel 82440BX/ZX
System Memory 256 MB (SDRAM)
BIOS Type Phoenix (07/08/03)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter ATI Mobility 128 AGP 2X (DELL) (8 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Rage Mobility 128 AGP2X (M3)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter ESS Technology ES1983S Maestro-3i Audio Accelerator

Storage:
IDE Controller Intel® 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
Disk Drive IC25N020ATCS04-0 (20 GB, 4200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Optical Drive SAMSUNG CD-ROM SN-124 (24x CD-ROM)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (FAT32) 9991 MB (3983 MB free)
D: (NTFS) 9075 MB (4903 MB free)
Total Size 19066 MB (8886 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse

Network:
Network Adapter 802.11g/b Wireless LAN Client Adapter (192.168.0.2)
Modem U.S. Robotics 56K MiniPCI Fax Win 1807

Peripherals:
USB1 Controller Intel 82371AB/EB PIIX4 - USB Host Controller
Battery Microsoft AC Adapter
Battery Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
Battery Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
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Ok now we are getting somewhere. Please go HERE and run the online scanner. Crucial scanner will be able to tell you the exact memory that you can install and upgrade to. You don't have to buy the memory from them but you should write the information down. If you need we can help locate it for you.

Let's see if we can speed you up a little.
Go to
Start and then click on My Computer
Right click on your C drive and then go to tools
Click on Defragment Now
In the next screen click on your C drive and then at the bottom click on Defragment

If you are not happy with windows defrag or just want a alternative download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below
I actually like it better then Windows defrag and it does a better job. It will also show you how much speed you have gained when it is done. A nice little added feature.

Edited by rshaffer61, 25 April 2009 - 07:48 AM.

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Crucial Scanner

# Maximum Memory Capacity: 512MB
# Currently Installed Memory: 256MB
# Available Memory Slots: 0
# Number of Banks: 2
# Dual Channel Support: No
# CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
# CPU Family: Intel Pentium III processor Model 8, Stepping 6
# CPU Speed: 701 MHz
...................

I will use Auslogic Defragment to scan the computer and will post the results.

Our suggested upgrades

512MB Total

256MB current memory removed *

512MB new memory added
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The maximum amount of memory you can have is 512 megs. That is going to be just enough to make windows happy.
I would suggest to do that unless you want to seriously think about a upgraded system.
The memory you would need is HERE
Keep in mind that you have to buy the memory in pairs to make it work. You will be looking at spending 64 plus shipping for 512 megs. Another option is to:

Look HERE
and you can see for less then 200 dollars you can buy a Barebones system and use your existing cd\dvd drive and save a little money.
I would also suggest a bigger HD like what is listed HERE
That would make your total price about 230 to 240 for a brand new system with shipping.

Edited by rshaffer61, 25 April 2009 - 08:35 AM.

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Thanks Rshaffer for your help.

So my computer is slow, just because it is 256 MBram?

So, since I already have 256 Mb Ram, will I only need to buy 256 more to make it 512? Does my computer have the slot to chip in the new card?


I did the Defrag using Auslogics and it said, speed increased by 15% :) It also said I need to have Auslogics Boost Speed to improve the performance of windows core, internet browser and disk and registry. So Shall I download and install that too? Do you know any other free program I can use?

Thanks again !
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You would have to remove the existing memory and replace it with the two new 256 meg memory cards. I'm not a fan of software that tries to boost speed, but Maybe Broni will stop by and let you know what he thinks about using it.
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Defrag by Auslogics is good, but I'm also against "magic" programs like Auslogics Boost Speed.
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