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I have 2 quick questions here and i need some help

my first question is this...
I would like to leave my computer on all the time but the motherboard does not support features such as hibernation or stand by mode... is there anyway i can change the amount of power it uses so i can leave it on all the time but it uses very minimal power, it is a tyan motherboard

also my harddrive has about 666 mb left on it and the computer i think runs very slow. should i add more ram or upgrade my pc to a new harddrive... the ram and harddrive are both very small
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I would like to leave my computer on all the time but the motherboard does not support features such as hibernation or stand by mode... is there anyway i can change the amount of power it uses so i can leave it on all the time but it uses very minimal power, it is a tyan motherboard

That would be strange. Are you sure it doesn't support power management? Have you checked to see if it's enabled in the BIOS?

also my harddrive has about 666 mb left on it and the computer i think runs very slow. should i add more ram or upgrade my pc to a new harddrive... the ram and harddrive are both very small

Sounds like a hard drive is your immediate need. Moving to a modern 7200 RPM, especially one with an 8mb cache, will improve your performance some. You'd likely notice a larger perfomance increase by adding RAM, but it depends on how much you currently have.
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yes i have a catagory in my bios labeled power managment, what should i change it in?





yea i think we should upgrade our harddrive
when i boot up my machine it only says 32 mb or ram or something so i dn bout that i think i need to get both upgraded and fast! <_<
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Admin where did you get that pic from and for the first user that posted um.. If you go into control panel-----Performance and Maitnence----and at the bottom it says power options click around and play around a bit that isthe only way you can learn things
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yes i have a catagory in my bios labeled power managment, what should i change it in?

Just make sure it's not disabled. However, it may not be as easy as that. If I remember correctly, Windows 98 setup won't install APM (advanced power management) unless it's enabled by the BIOS. There's a workaround to get it setup, but I'll have to look for it...

when i boot up my machine it only says 32 mb or ram

<_< You need to add some RAM. I'd recommend 256mb, or at least 128mb minimum.
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naw this is the Windows XP computer but with a tyan motherboard
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32mb RAM must be your video card's memory. Windows XP won't install on a machine with less than 64mb's.

What BIOS does this system have (AMI, Phoenix)? Maybe we can give you more detailed instructions on enabling power management
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hmm i dont know which one we have but we do have a power management option in the bios....

also i did go into power managment in my control panel and selected minimal power usage or w/e and lets c how that works.... it was originally on home/office desk
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That should work
because it worked for me.
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