Old PC could do with an update!

  mbarker20 19:34 08 Oct 2011

Hi, i have an old PC; (Compaq Presario SR2119UK)http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00866143&tmptracklink=otfaqs/topissues/en_us/c00866143/loc:2&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=3368063#N200) and it is running very slow and it is very frustrating even attempting to use it. I was thinking about updating the Motherboard and or processor, from what i have read it looks as though its beneficial to do both. I would like some advice on which parts to purchase on a budget of roughly $150. Intel or AMD, i'm not fussed.


  onthelimit1 19:46 08 Oct 2011

It may not be necessary to upgrade. Fruitbat has posted (numerous times)the procedure to speed things up. Try the forum's search function. If not, I'm sure he'll repost his guidance.

  mbarker20 20:42 08 Oct 2011

Thanks for the help.

  iscanut 21:11 08 Oct 2011

What OS are you running. Maybe just another 2 Gb Ram would help ?

  mbarker20 21:26 08 Oct 2011

Currently running windows vista. Thanks for the help.

  mbarker20 23:16 08 Oct 2011

Ordered some more ram, going to have a major clean up too. Will post the results.

  robin_x 23:42 08 Oct 2011

I upgraded my SR1619UK from 512MB with an extra 2x1GB. 512MB moved to slot 3. AMD Athlon 64 Single Core 3200+.

It's very usable, but still noticeably slower than my 2 yr old laptop. I haven't tried Chrome on it, but I bet it would be fine. Or Opera.

Laptop is Compaq CQ61 AMD 64 Dual Core M300 3GB

  robin_x 23:44 08 Oct 2011

Laptop is Compaq CQ61 AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core M300 3GB

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:18 09 Oct 2011

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/ Superantispyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/security/products/mse.aspx Avast http://www.avast.com/en-gb/free-antivirus-download

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different 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 start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. http://www.blackviper.com/

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=61905 to change.

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

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 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.

b) Drivers 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) Memory Your memory could be failing try memtest

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 http://www.crucial.com/uk/ will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. http://support.gateway.com/s/Manuals/Desktops/8509270.pdf for a guide to fitting memory.

  mbarker20 10:26 21 Nov 2011

Eventually when my RAM arrived, it did wonders! the Ram and a general clear out made the PC much more usable. Thanks to all for the advice and help.

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