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Processing gets slow when several web browsers and applications are open even if the RAM can still handle it. At times, the application like WIndows Live Mail hangs (Not Responding). Thanks.

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While RAM is an important factor in how fast a computer runs, Processor Time and Usage is also important. That would be your problem, your processor is not able to handle all that info at the same time. So ask yourself. Do you really need several web browsers open at the same time? Or perhaps would it be better if you saved all those pages to favorites and only had one or two open at a time and used the favorites to switch between browser pages.

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My pc is to slow how can i speed it up?

First, try some diagnostic work.
  • Go to the Apple menu and open "About this Mac." Verify that it shows the correct amount of installed memory. (My Powerbook was unusually slow one day because a memory module needed to be reseated; it didn't have enough RAM available, so it was running quite a bit out of virtual memory.)
  • Next, open Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor. Click on the Memory tab ato see how much free memory you have. If there is little or none, look through the list of processes running to see what is using memory. Background system processes generally do not use more than 15 Mb; applications can use considerably more.
  • In Activity Monitor, click on the CPU tab. If it is running at 100% most of the time, and you have no applications open besides Activity Monitor, your system may be infected by a Trojan Horse spammer. You can confirm this by checking Network activity; if it is busy without Mail or a web browser running, and Software Update is not active, this is likely "enemy action."
  • If you have a combination of low CPU activity, very little free memory, and a very busy hard drive (check Drive Activity), you have too much stuff open for the amount of installed RAM. Quit your web browser, (you can reopen it again when you need it) and try to avoid having so many tabs or windows open. If you have a large amount of mail in your inbox, it's time to catch up on archiving or deleting older messages - a large inbox needs a lot of memory to run.
  • If you are running a massive Photoshop process in the background while watching an internet video, the CPU will be running at maximum speed, and sometimes it will get a bit behind on the video. There isn't much that can be done about it except to wait; photo rendering is inherently computation intensive.
  • Make sure the cooling system is running properly. Some systems will slow down if the processor gets too warm to avoid overheating. Others simply wait until the temperature hits a limit, then shut everything down (oops - there goes all the unsaved file work ...). I don't know how the intel PowerMac handles overheat conditions, but it may be the former case rather than the latter.

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How to Add RAM to Your Desktop Because we all hear news of computer technology...

How to Add RAM to Your Desktop

Because we all hear news of computer technology getting faster and faster, we expect a lot when we purchase a new desktop. We figure from the moment we start up the system, everything will be fast and easy. Running applications and switching between several programs will take no time at all, and the act of opening your Web browser will take place in a flash.

In the beginning, it may be very much like this. But as time passes and you add new applications and acquire a lot more data on your hard drive, chances are your computer will react a lot slower. After a while, starting up your computer might take several minutes, an eternity compared to the day when you first switched the machine on. But it's no surprise that your computer's growing slower. Just think about all of the things you use your computer for. Are you one of those people who like to edit and organize digital photos? If so, you're probably filling your hard drive with a seemingly endless number of pictures from memory cards. Or perhaps you like to capture home movies on digital video, which can take up even more storage and processing power. And, like many others, you may store large libraries of MP3 files on your desktop, too. Your computer has to manage the software that you use to work with these files. If you think about your computer having to run all of these programs at the same time, you start to understand how much pressure we place on desktops.

So, do you have to accept an abysmally slow desktop, or can you actually take action? Fortunately, there's an easy and inexpensive way to adjust if you want to keep up with a digital world that never seems to slow down. Simply adding to or upgrading your existing random access memory (RAM), can make a noticeable difference in your desktop's processing performance

Choosing RAM for Your Desktop

Whenever we run an application or tell the computer to perform a certain function, the information from that command is loaded onto memory. With that memory on hand, your desktop can run more efficiently. But when your computer has too many tasks to perform and not enough means with which to do everything, you're putting strain on your desktop's processing. It's sort of like asking a person who's spent a couple of weeks training for a 5K race to run an entire marathon -- the runner wouldn't have the strength to run such a long distance in a reasonable amount of time since he or she would be woefully unprepared.

So if your desktop is suffering from too much workload, how much RAM do you actually need? Before you go out to find the RAM module on the shelf, you need to ask yourself what kind of work you normally do on your desktop. If you use your desktop for just your bare-bones basics like e-mail and word processing, your computer won't need too much RAM. Somewhere between 384 to 512 MB of RAM should be sufficient. But you should keep in mind that even if your desktop computer is relatively new, some systems don't come with enough memory to operate even the most basic tasks.

The more processing you require your computer to perform, however, the more RAM you'll need. If you use your desktop for work in a home office and you often use several different types of programs simultaneously, including e-mail, Web surfing, word processing, spreadsheets and software for presentations and illustrations, you desktop will probably require the upper end, maybe even as much as 1 GB of RAM. Serious gamers who use up a lot of graphics power need between 1 and 2 GB of RAM, while professionals who use a lot of 3-D modeling software should probably have 2 GB or more.

If you're not entirely sure what kind of RAM your desktop you'll need, there are Web sites like that are dedicated entirely to memory performance and allow you to select the type of desktop you own and search for the most compatible type of RAM for your system.

Adding RAM to Your Desktop

­Once you've chosen the right kind of RAM, it's time to install your RAM module into the insides of your desktop. Before you get started, make sure your desktop has been turned off and unplugged from any outlets. Opening up your computer while there's a power source connected to it is dangerous, so to avoid any electrical accidents it's a good idea to make sure you handle everything carefully. You should also ground yourself by touching a metal surface or wearing an antistatic wrist strap. This prevents electrostatic discharge, something many of us have experienced by dragging our feet over a rug, touching a doorknob (or another person) and creating a spark. This happens when two objects touch or rub together and exchange electrons -- one becomes positively charged, the other negatively charged. When one object touches another that has an opposite charge, electrons shoot out to balance the charges. Static charges may give us a harmless shock when we touch a doorknob, but they can damage computer equipment, so grounding yourself will protect sensitive components.

Desktop computers are designed many different ways, but most have either side doors or tops that can be removed with the help of a screwdriver. The RAM slots are located on the computer's motherboard. There are usually two slots, though there may be more. If all slots are filled up with existing RAM modules, you can replace a smaller RAM chip with a larger one. Just release the tabs that hold the module down, remove the old module and insert the new, larger one. If there's a slot open, you simply can slide the new module in place and gently snap it into position.

Once you've installed the RAM, and after you've closed up your desktop safely and properly, you can start up your computer. The system should recognize the new RAM automatically. Now your desktop will boot up faster, run applications more efficiently and switch between programs with noticeable ease.



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My system has been running EXTREMELY slow, even after reformatting the HD. I'm guessing that the memory is the issue and if it is I need all new, up to the max which should be 4gig

If you are waiting an unusually long time to open applications, or to access data on your hard drive (open/save files), then you probably need a RAM upgrade.

If you are running Windows, you can open the task manager (press Ctrl + Alt + Del) and go to the 'performance' tab. This will tell you how much RAM you are using. My recommendation is to run all the programs you usually use on a regular basis (for example, a casual user might open an internet browser with 5 tabs, a word processing application, and a music player, an artist would open and edit a large, uncompressed image, etc). If you are experiencing a low amount of free memory at this point, you should definitely consider buying more RAM. The lastest edition of Windows requires at least 2GB of memory in order to run the x64 version of the operating system. It is typical for a casual user to have at least 3-4GB of RAM in their main computer, and is an absolute necessity for enthusiasts.

Another issue (depending on the age of your computer) could be in what /kind/ of RAM you have. All memory is rated for 'speed', measured in MHz; the faster your memory, the better the performance. 1333MHz is a very typical speed, and should provide plenty of speed. Anything below 1066MHz is most likely an older technology, and therefor delivers slower performance. Depending on your motherboard, you may not be able to upgrade to faster RAM.

There are many, many options when it comes to purchasing RAM, so you should be able to find a price that suits your budget.

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I am assuming that you play music while working on other applications. There is a possibility that you have way too many applications running so that your processor cannot handle it. If you are plugged in, I suggest turning your power usage up to get a little for processing speed. You may want to close a few unnecessary applications. Also, if you want to get a cheap USB, you can plug it in and choose Speed up my system with Windows Ready Boost when the autoplay opens. This will turn it into a ram increase and you can hope for a speed increase.
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if you r a graphic designer or a web designer or you r a gaming person with high loading on cpu in that case 2 gb ram will help more then 1 gb ram
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