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Waynesworld

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Someone please help me to speed up my computer.

The computer is an emaching T 3508

Someone told me that it should be as simple as adding memory.... Would that be so.

Here is what specs I know.
Intesl Deleron D Processor 356
3.33 GHZ \ 533 Mhz FSB \ 512 KB L2 Cache
160 GB HD
512 MB DDR SDRAM


I am running a income tax program and it just seams slow calculating and it is slow doing other things too, such has just surfing the net or even opening up a program.

Kinda odd to that the specs show 160 GB HD but when I open up My Computer and right click on the C Drive and click on properties it says 232 GB with 221GB available.

Please Help

Thanks
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You can add 2 gigs max ram and yes this would speed things up,also you can defragg your HDD and use CCleaner to clean out the junk.. http://www.filehippo...nload_ccleaner/ these things should speed up your PC..Why it would say 2 different things about your HDD i have no idea..
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The real problem is your CPU: Intel Celeron D Processor 356

It's a cost reduced processor Intel sold to OEM vendors (Dell, HP, etc.) to reduce the cost of computers they sell.

2GB of ram will make a difference but not as much as you will want. Start by checking what is being started when your computer boots. Reducing that may help more than the added memory, though if it were my computer I would definitely add more memory.

These are instructions for doing that with XP, Vista or Windows 7.

How does it behave if you boot to Safe Mode with Networking? If better then something is starting at boot that is causing the problem.

Advanced startup options - XP
Advanced startup options - Vista
Advanced startup options - Windows 7

Use msconfig to determine what is causing the problem

These are good tutorials on using msconfig in XP, Vista or Windows 7:
How to use msconfig in Windows XP
How to use msconfig in Windows Vista
How to use msconfig in Windows 7

Click on Start then Run, type msconfig and press Enter.
Click on the Startup tab, record what is currently starting then click the Disable All button.
Reboot and see if it runs better.
If yes then use msconfig to enable several items at a time till you find the culprit.

If no, start msconfig and click on the Services tab.
Check the Hide All Microsoft Services box, record what is currently starting then click the Disable All button.
Again, do a regular boot, see if it runs normal.
If yes then use msconfig to enable services till you find the culprit.

Once you've found the culprit, uninstall it or find out how to eliminate it from your system. Simply disabling it in msconfig is a temporary fix at best.
Enable everything else you disabled.
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I use ATF Cleaner... Do I need to switch to CC Cleaner or is ATF cleaner OK ?
I have defraged the HD
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I ran the msconfig and in the startup section i unchecked items to stop running clicked apply and ok... Rebooted and when it reboots I get a message stating that something about the computer is operating with selective setup or something like that then I click ok and it goes to the msconfig screen again and I select ok..... then the same thing... I'm in a continuous loop... So I just re enabled all startup items.


The start up items names are.
RTHDCPL
ALCMTR
Reader_si
MSASCui
GrooveMonitor
msseces
ctfmon
msmsgs
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There should be a little box on the window that says something to the affect of Do not show this on startup. Check that and the little warning will not popup again.
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Hit the start button then Right Click My computer>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Properties>>>>>>>>>>>
Harwdare Tab>>>>>>>>>>>>>Device Manager.
Scroll down to the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controlers Left click the + to the left of the drivers.
Right Click and uninstall all of your Primary IDE drivers there most likely will be more than one of the Primary IDE Drivers Make sure and un-install All of them prior to rebooting.
Reboot the machine.
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I use ATF Cleaner... Do I need to switch to CC Cleaner or is ATF cleaner OK ?
I have defraged the HD


I suppose one is as good as the other...
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