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Xp takes 5min to load

I have a dell dimension 2400 takes ever to load, after installing a 512mb memory i got from my pc teacher. I had a 256 in it, by the way would the computer be faster despite the long loading with more memory.

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  • hplaptop Dec 04, 2008

    Yall are wrong but thanks anyway the problem was that both hard disk stop working after 3 long loading ups simply they wont boot windows.

  • Nadine vermilya Feb 10, 2009

    freezing up


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Yes and no.

Yes it would be faster and stop freezing on you if you have more RAM, but thats asuming you have at least the bare minimum.

Windows XP can run on as little as 256MB i have seen it, but it is slow and prone to crashing or freezing.

Minimum is 512MB- thast just to run windows, not counting any programs.

756MB is recomended, especially if you multi task.

I would never build a computer with less than a GIG ( 1024MB ) of Ram. I have 2.25 Gigs in mine, i use alot of adobe and games applications.

Regular DDR is cheap and DDR2 is actually cheaper. Depending on what you have, i would get some more.

AS for the loading when yuo turn it on, that veries. yes it will load windows faster, but it doesnt load windows untill it completes the POST check which is what it does when you first turn it on and you see the black screen with a bunch of numbers and text ( Power On Self Test ) checks all the hardware and initiates the bios.

You can change the way it boot in the bios so it will boot faster by putting the Hard drive as the first boot device. Some times if its equiped, the bios will have a pre set option for fast boot and you can set that and save it so the bios skips testing the memory and floppy drive and all that. Be carefull in the bios though, if you dont know what your doing, you can crash your system.

Hit me back if you need more help, but first get some more ram and at the fastest speed you can get

DDR gets up to 400 speed, if you have PC 2100 DDR or something like that, its slower, about 333 speed.

Let me know if you have DDR or DDR2 if its old, you may have SDIMM or something else which is alot slower, but any increase in ram is good.

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Some things to do to speed everything up

1) Defrag computer (start>programs>accessories>system tools>defrag)
2) run disc cleanup
(same place as defrag)
3) run virus software (ad aware and spybot search and distroy is what i would use)
4) run a registry cleaner (ccleaner is what i use)
5) turn off start up programs
( start>run. Type in msconfig. go to startup tab. Use google to see if you HAVE to have it run. some research is needed. you can post more questions in this thread for help)
6) uninstall unused programs (start>control panel. ad or remove programs. you should know what you dont use. again, use google if you dont know, or post here)

that should help out quite a bit if it is software related.

it might be that xp is messed up and need to be restored. or the hard drive is dieing, or the memory is bad. but lets knock out the easy software stuff first

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Could be a few things... how many programs do you have running at startup? start|run|msconfig try disabling un-needed programs. Also run check disk then defrag... also make sure drivers are up to date... no promises but thats where i'd start

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Depends on the processor size and if the memory is correctly installed

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