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Old 12-25-2005, 05:43 PM   #1
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i'm using my grandpa's computer, and its painfully slow, and i dont know why. i used this computer before and it was running fine. he has norton internet security; i updated it and ran a full scan, which came up clean. under the processes tab, nothing is taking up more memory than it should

its a dell computer, these are the specs:

Windows XP home SP2
256 MB RAM
40 GB hard drive
intel pentium 4 at 1.60 ghz

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Old 12-25-2005, 06:17 PM   #2
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256 megs of ram is a little tight for windows xp 512 gives it alot more head room
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256 megs of ram is a little tight for windows xp 512 gives it alot more head room
the computer ran fine before though, and im pretty sure it isnt spyware since i updated the definitions and ran a scan
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hey your name's kyle too? lol
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Are there any new programs or anything else that you have been uploading to it lately? Software definitely can slow you down some ways and you also have a 40gb which is kinda low.
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its my grandpas computer, so i dont know what he has installed, but he has about 30 GB of space free on his harddrive. i also used the analyze button in the defragment tool, and it said i didn't need to defragment. the only thing i know that he has recently installed is a canon printer
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spyware, virus and lack of hardware. you ran a scan so there isnt any viruses. could be spyware because some anti-virus software doesnt recognize it.but you do have a lack of hardware. the P4 is really out o' date, same with the RAM and hard-drive. what model of Dell and what year is it? if its not too out of date you could upgrade all 3 of those. I think the you have a MPGA 478 socket so you could upgrade to a 2.8 Ghz P4, but im not sure.
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dimmension 4300S, and it is a little bit old, but my mom and my dad both bought similar desktops before my grandpa did with about the same specs, only my dad upgraded the ram to a gig. my moms desktop runs fine, and so does my dads; i've used this computer before, and it ran fine, so if it ran fine before, that means theres something making it run slower other than lack of hardware
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if your granpa will let you, reinstall windows. for some reason that always makes all computers.
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im only going to be at his house until tomorrow, so that probably wouldn't work. is there anything else i could do to speed it up besides upgrading the hardware?
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