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T5048 windows xp very slow, 5 to 8 min. when first turn on. bought 512mb memory that dose not fit in real tight. Can you help me, thank you. Ed Monnin

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    joecoolvette Nov 05, 2010

    ED, how much ram memory are you running right now? 512MB? One stick? Two? Give me the number ID off of the side of it. Post in a Comment. What do you mean fitting loose?

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The fact that it is slow may or may not be the memory. Did you purchase the correct memory for the computer? I suspect that you did since it is booting. When it does finally boot, go into your control panel, into system. Then look and see if it is reading all of the memory (this is at the bottom of the General tab). This screen should tell you how much memory you have minus whatever your video card is using.

If it is reading all of the memory then you're ok there. If it isn't take out the new memory and try again, that is if you still have the old memory and it is good.

Now once you have booted up your system backup all your data to a flash drive, an external harddrive, a cd, or whatever media you have available. Next, reinstall your operating system (I'm assuming it's Windows). Make sure that you reformat your hard drive in the process. Alot of times it could be a virus that has infected your hard drive and causing it to slow down. Then restore your backups and you should be good.

If that doesn't work then there's something else wrong with your system. If your hard drive crashes and you can't reformat or reinstall windows then you needed another drive to begin with. If that's the case then at least you've made a backup of all your data.

Good luck, have fun, and let me know.

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Your memory module should definitely plug in snuggly withou excessive force. You may have the wrong memory module for your system or you may just need to line it up correctly and plug it in better. It may in fact be facing the wrong direction.

There are many factors in specifying memory for a system, including: number of pins, memory speed, voltage, ECC vs. Non-ECC, etc. You can check to be sure you have the right memory modules for your system using one of the following online tool:

http://www.patriotmem.com/configurator/

http://www.crucial.com/

Hope this helps,
Steve G.

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