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Very slow, old, compaq presario 5000

I added memory already and the specs display 37.2GB hard drive, 1.10GHz, 512MB, 576MB virtual memory?? I know next to nothing about computers but can I still upgrade anything in this monster to speed things up? Thanks.

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  • michaelyezz Nov 23, 2008

    Thank you very much. Now I guess my question is: Can I just continue to add memory to improve functioning or is there a limit and if so how do I find out what the limit is?

  • OC-Golfer Nov 28, 2008

    We have the same issue. We are hoping to upgrade my son's Presario 5000 with a faster processor. My son's Model number is 5BW120. I see that the P3 or Celeron is an upgrade path as long as it is Socket 370 and 133 MHz max bus speed. Do you know the max processor speed this mobo can handle? Looks like 1.1GHz. Any info would be helpful.

    Thanks,

    Mike

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Beyond adding memory, there really isn't anything you can add or change in the hardware to gain any real speed. Older computers don't support the technology to go as fast as the newer ones.

Other than being slow to start up and load programs, these older machines are still useful. For Internet access, email, word processing and other applications like that, computer speed isn't much of an issue anyway. The people who really need processor speed are gamers or users of power applications like animation or music or big number-crunching financial packages. I've fixed up systems like yours for parents who love the fact that about all their kids can do with them is schoolwork.

Bottom line, though, is that it would be better to put money into a new computer instead of trying to upgrade this one if you truly need more speed.

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  • Nov 23, 2008

    What is the actual model of the computer? Presario 5000 is just a generic name for the series. There is a sticker somewhere on the thing (sometimes behind the CD door on the front panel) with the real model number. If you'll give that I should be able to find the maximum memory spec.

    Adding memory doesn't really increase speed, though. It just lets Windows work a little more efficiently because it doesn't need to access the hard disk as much.


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