Hi again. :) I upgraded to 512MB RAM as suggested in my post about processor upgrades, but the computer is now running
extremely slow, much worse than before with only 256. It also freezes
up a lot now, almost always when using an internet browser (either IE
or Firefox). Is there a setting in BIOS or Windows or something like
that that I've overlooked? I've tried disabling internet plug-ins and that hasn't helped. This computer has only one slot for one
memory stick, a PC133. The BIOS version is 2001.
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According to specifications you can increase the Ram to 2 MB and the hard drive should be a 120GB hard driver Sata
System Memory 1024-MB 533/667-MHz DDR2 SDRAM in one slot Two SODIMM slots; supported memory 2048 MB2 Operates at a maximum of 533-MHz with 667-MHz memory Hard Drive 120-GB3 5400 rpm SMART SATA
The processor will be limited to what the motherboard can support and it was designed for that 1.6 Ghz processor. Unfortunately it is very difficult to upgrade processors in laptop machines. I do have to ask how old this machine is. The specification indicates MegaBytes of ram and this is actually very little Ram in today's computing world. Most machines support at least 2 gigaBytes of Ram to start with.
I recommend that you switch to Windows 7 without upgrading your RAM. Windows 7 is a lot faster, better and uses less RAM than Vista. Recommended RAM for running Windows 7 is 1GB but I have installed them on a Centrino 1.5GHz with 768Mb of RAM and they run perfectly.
So make the upgrade to Windows 7 anyway and if you feel that you need more power then you can get more RAM. Also, download Windows 7 upgrade advisor to check if your pc is compatible. Download upgrade advisor here.
dont know what processor you have. If you have a celeron M you can probably upgrade to a pentium M without any problem. The ram you should check. I believe that motherboard will only support 1.5 gb. Any more you will be waisting your money.
i have the same model with 512 ram and no difference with the video. Its the 133 front bus is just too slow for todays video speed. Adobe flash keeps upgrading for the faster computers and outdates the older machines. What i did with my I-Buddie was to take XP off, it weighs it down with all the processing going on in the background. I put Ubuntu on it and WoW! speed is way up again. Video is watchable much improved over XP.