How to speed up a computer

  Bravo2Red 11:26 15 Nov 2007
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Hello,

well i would like to know how to speed up a computer but without installing any programs.
Any help?

Thanks Dan

  chub_tor 11:29 15 Nov 2007

Add more RAM

  Will 11:34 15 Nov 2007

whats the spec for your computer ie speed, ram, operating system etc

  Bravo2Red 11:41 15 Nov 2007

two things
1.:

"OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name YOUR-U2KZFIB7P8
System Manufacturer HP Pavilion 061
System Model DQ071A-ABU a310.uk
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2600 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.25, 23/09/2003
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name YOUR-U2KZFIB7P8\Owner
Time Zone GMT Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 768.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 216.52 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.82 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys"

2.: I dont plan on buying any software or hardware.

  Diversion 11:44 15 Nov 2007

I upgrade my RAM from 512kbSD to 2GBSD, and it made no difference at all.

  woodchip 11:47 15 Nov 2007

Clear out all the rubbish you do not use, shut down any boot programs that start automatic at boot, that does not need to

  Totally-braindead 11:54 15 Nov 2007

Does it have onboard graphics? If it does a cheap video card or just adding another 512mb RAM could make a difference as onboard graphics uses some of your system memory.
If you already have a seperate graphics card and you have 768mb then adding more memory will help a little bit but thats all and I'm not sure of whether it would be very noticeable.

woodchips suggestions is the easiest to do in some ways and it costs you nothing. You could also run Ccleaner which is free and clean up some space with that.

  Bravo2Red 11:54 15 Nov 2007

If i did upgarde my hardware what should i do, though i am not planning to pay much.

  JanetO 12:03 15 Nov 2007

CCleaner is good to clean out caches and other non-used files to speed things up click here and Advanced Windows care is a good booster too click here

  Bravo2Red 12:04 15 Nov 2007

The graphics on this things are crap its probably on board not dedicated.

  Totally-braindead 12:10 15 Nov 2007

If it is an HP you have then theres not that much you can do. If you have onboard graphics and have either an AGP or PCI Express slot you can add a graphics card, that as I said will free up some system memory and you can get a basic card for maybe £30 or so. Or you could add more memory.
You'd need to find out what you PC has in the way of graphics slots and PCI Express is completely different to PCI slots so don't get confused, your PC will have more than one PCI slot and they are white, if it has PCI Express there will only be one and it will be another colour probably black, if it has AGP it will have one slot and it will be brown.
Failing that the only real hardware mod you can make is add more RAM. Check Crucial out it will, if you let it scan your computer tell you what you have and what you can take click here

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