More memory needed, what type anb where buy?

  rickus 10:11 30 Aug 2006

My daughter had her PC built for her while at university. It seems to boot up (2-3 minutes) and run very slowly. Not sure if it has always been like this.

I have tried to remove some software from the start-up menu - are there any obvious things I should look out for and try and remove?

She does not appear to have MSN Messenger Plus but MSN Messenger loads itself automatically at start-up.

Whatever software might be clogging it up I am wondering whether to get her more memory anyway.
She is running XP and has an Athlon XP2000+ 1.66hz and a reported 128mb RAM.

She has two memory slots - only one used.

The memory says on it:
256mb (does only half of this get reported?)
NANYA 0248 (might have copied that bit wrongly)NT5 DS16M16B7-75B

Is it worth trying more memory?
What specifically should I be looking to buy and where is a good place to buy it from?
If I buy more than the current capacity should I move the existing memory to the spare slot?

Many thanks

  VoG II 10:15 30 Aug 2006

Crucial Memory Advisor™ Tool click here

  rickus 10:20 30 Aug 2006

Thanks VoG - I think that site needs you to specify the PC manufacturer - or will the manufacturer of the motherboard do?

  VoG II 10:26 30 Aug 2006

Motherboard will do.

  €dstowe 10:44 30 Aug 2006

You could also install Startup Inspector click here which will allow you control over the programs you have at startup - many of which are not needed and which slow down the boot-up prcoess.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:19 30 Aug 2006

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
MSoftAntispy Beta click here
Ewido click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:21 30 Aug 2006

2. Hardware

a) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

b) Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

d) Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here

  rickus 13:56 03 Sep 2006

Thank you for your help so far.

A development this morning is that the PSU, I think, has blown. See
click here

If I can get this fixed then I will look for more memory. Before it stopped working I could not find any precise details of the manufacturer of the equipment - however the case says Shuttle X PC on the front - but no precise model number as the website you have provided a link to requests.

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