Question about Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop
I have a Dell Dimension 2400 with an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.20 GHz, 2.00 GB RAM, running Windows XP with Service Pack 2. As the subject states, My Pictures has suddenly slowed to a crawl. When I'm in a folder and click on the "Back" button to move to another folder, it takes about 20 to 30 seconds before I get back to the main page. I've defragmented, done disc cleanups, and have performed all kinds of virus, adware and malware scans, but no improvement. I'm wondering if I've just got too many images in My Pictures and if it's time for a second hard drive to store them on. If so, would you recommend an internal or external hard drive, and which specific units would you recommend?
My Pictures contains 5.83 GB of data (6,436 files, 366 folders) but my hard drive still has 60% free space, so I don't know what to think. I recently had another 1 GB memory module installed but didn't notice the difference in performance I expected. I'm wondering if it's actually working and if my computer is working with only 1 GB of RAM instead of 2 GB. Is there some way I check? (Note: The problem with My Pictures came well after the installation of this additional memory module, so it may have nothing to do with it. I just don't know.)
Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
1. The amount of pictures on your hard drive will not cause the slow ups that you are describing.
2. You can check your memory by removing one module and see if it helps. If it doesn't, check the other module by itself. I don't think it is though because if it were, you would be receiving some errors or some sort of random restart.
3. Look at your motherboard, specifically at the capacitors. Check to see if any of the capacitors have "popped", that is, are any of them rounded on top? They should all be flat. If just one has popped, it is your motherboard.
4. Also, run a scan of your hard disk. Your hard disk itself could be developing read errors and it's taking awhile for it to read the data. IMPORTANT: I would make it a point to make sure you have a backup of all your pictures asap because if this is the problem, it could crash at any time, possibly losing all your data.
Hope these tips help. Please don't forget to rate as fixya. Thanks.
Posted on Jul 04, 2008
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