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RAM Upgrade Hello, I'm currently a student in college. i was ashed to have a look at some computer in a small business beause they recently added a new programme and now their computers are running extremely slow. all computer are HP dx2000 with a celeron D processor and 40gb hard drive and 248 MB RAM. I was thinking of suggesting they upgrade the RAM to 1gb or even 2gb on each computer This would allow the RAm to receive inforamtion from the harddrive much faster. therefore alowing their programmes to run faster. Only 10gb at most are used up on the hard drive of each computer. What do you think?

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  • student10 Mar 25, 2008

    thanks for your help. The computers max RAM allowance is 4 gb so that wouldn't be an issue. I was planning on deleteing any softare they no longer use but it seems they use them all for one thing or another. there hard drives are small but only a quarter of them used to date. As i said to them i am not an expert but i would try to help them out. all computer were fine until the adittion of this new main software program. now vrything runs slow. I will carry out the tasks you stated above first of course. Thanks!


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Yes upgrade your ram and follow what these fine teks have told you, and also, remember that if your system only had that much ram it reflects on the minds of those who build it.

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There are a number of reasons why a computer will seem to run slow. Yes, a RAM upgrade may help but not necessarily.

Firstly, uninstall any software that is no longer required or not really needed. Next, go to Start\Run and type msconfig then Ok. Then click the Start up tab. This will show you all the programs that run as soon as you boot the computer. Many of them will be running all the time even though they are not being used and each one puts pressure on the RAM/CPU and uses resources. Uncheck all programs that are not required at start up. That means most of them, except antivirus software and other vital programs. Check online start up lists. They will tell you what to keep and what you can uncheck.

Next, do a full adware and spyware scan and delete everything that is found. As the hard drives are quite small by today's standards, use the disk defragmenter by going to Start\Programs\Accessories\System Tools\Disk Defragmenter and follow the instructions. That will tidy up the disc and the computer should help it to run better.

These are things that can easily be done before upgrading the RAM. If you do upgrade, it may not make any noticeable difference unless the new program they have installed is resource hungry. You can check your CPU usage by doing the following. Press CTRL+ALT DEL click Task Manager then click the Performance tab. The CPU usage will be seen on the top left. If it is above 60% the computer will be running too slow. The lower the percentage the faster your computer. If it is too high then a RAM upgrade may improve the speed.

Finally, make sure the upgrade is suitable. Not all computers will accept upgrades to 2GB. Visit this site >HERE< and run their scanner. It will tell you the best upgrades for the computers and will recommend the chipsets.

Hope this helps....

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    Palmbeach Mar 26, 2008

    Hi there

    Thanks for the nice Fixya!

    Also take a look at the settings and preferences on the new software. See if it can be set up to use less resources. It does sound as though the program is slowing things down. I wonder what program it is? You have quite a bit of headroom there if the motherboard will take up to 4GB RAM so it may well be the way to go.

    Best wishes



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See there are limitations to Motherboard to support the amount of RAM. You must check out the motherboard manul to see how much maximum RAM you can have. The second issue as you think the speed will be increased, you are right but only if your softawre uses more memory than you have in RAM, because in this case OS swap the data from RAM to disk and it makes performance slow.

After all you can slightly increase the speed.


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