Re: Slow computer even after formatting and reinstalling xp
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It's possible that the RAM you installed is not exactly perfect... but then again what is? Have you tried taking the RAM back out? Typically, electronics don't just slow down with age. They either work, or they don't work in my experience. XP is a great OS and should be plenty fast enough even on an old HP notebook to watch videos. Try taking that RAM back out and see if that helps... Ok nevermind, just reread the post. It could be a heat issue, as computers tend to slow a little when running too hot. When's the last time you cleaned out the laptop? Since it's fairly old and you've nothing to lose (assuming you've backed everything up), why not take it apart and give it a proper cleaning? Isopropyl Alcohol works great on electronics, just give it a good dusting and then rub it down with a Q-tip. If you're not wanting to do that... just get a can of air and blow out all the vents. Now... a computer shouldn't be that slow (from heat) to start if you leave it off for an extended period of time and then boot up. It could also just be a bad installation of Windows XP, and yes, that happens.
So, from my perspective, you have a few possible solutions. (My money is on 2)
1. Clean out the laptop, can of air or taking it apart, either works.
2. Reformat XP once more and see if that helps
3. I'm reluctant to say it's the RAM after rereading the post, but it's still possible. (I highly doubt it though)
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