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Im trying to get access to my main memory to erase some stuff to speed the computer up

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Memory is usually volatile, meaning once the power is off, the memory self wipes.

But it seems you are talking about storage. Storage, like a hard drive, is non-voliatile, meaning it retains the data until it is written over.

If you are trying to access that, you want to clear up files on the hard drive that you no longer want or need.

There is a BIG CAUTION HERE: Some files are needed by the system and should NOT BE REMOVED, while others are needed by installed software and also should not be removed, unless you no longer need that program.

Here are some tips

  1. store all your douments, music, etc. under the folder called "My Documents" There are some exceptions to this rule, such as using a second hard drive to store large or seldom used documents, then it is OK to store them elsewhere.
  2. Disk Clean up: the first step to clean up is the clean up utility. Launch it from start>Accessories>Syetem tools> disk cleanup. Check the options you want to remove. ONE CAVEAT: DO NOT compress older files.
  3. Remove any documents you no longer need. I recommend backing them up to CD. Use a CDR and a CDRW drive with a program like nero or roxio.
  4. Remove any old profiles, of people that no longer use the computer. You may want to ask them to remove/backup any of their documents.
  5. Uninstall old software you no longer need. NEVER just erase the folder they are in. Use that add/remove programs portion in the control panel or the uninetall that the program provides.
  6. Get a bigger hard drive, or a second hard drive. If you are not comfortable doing it your self, have a tech do it for you.
  7. When you have everything off you can take off, defrag the hard drive. My computer>right click C:>properties>Tools Tab>defragment.
Another way to speed up a computer easily is to add memory [RAM]. Storage and RAM have a big imapct on performance, so it is in your best interest to maximize both.



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What is the make and model of your computer?

Are you refering to system memory (RAM), or your hard drive?

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I have done all that you saud to do. Now the problem I have is the computer will not turn on at all. It's like the power has been turned off from inside the operating progam. I have windows 7, is this...


Phase 1
After power button pressed, computer will detect 5 components :
1. Power supply - OK (enough power)
2. Main-board - OK
3. Processor - OK
4. Memory - OK
5. Video Card / VGA - OK
== beep sound .. (1 time) or on the monitor, display appears BIOS ==

The characteristics of damage to power supply
1. Power supply fan does not spin

Video power supply fan not spinning

If the power supply fan is not spinning, the possible cause of damage to power supply. Solution, replace the power supply.

How to check the damage to power supply
2. Power supply is weak (resulting voltage power supply can not turn on the computer or the voltage is less)
The characteristics of damage to the processor

Normal fan without processor

Normal fan with processor

Based on experience, the possibility of damage processors is very small. To check for damage to the processor, install the processor to another computer (for comparison).

The characteristics of main-board damage
Because the new main-board, so the possibility of the main-board damage, very small. The characteristics of damage to the main-board, when the power button is pressed
1. Power supply fan not spinning
2. Processor fan is not spinning
3. Casing lamp is not lit
4. Main-board lamp does not light

The characteristics of the memory damage or dirty memory
1. The characteristics of normal memory, but installation is not correct or dirty

When the computer is turned on, the sound



Picture a
Release Memory

Picture b
Clean the memory slots with a brush

Picture c
Clean the gold layer memory with a pencil eraser

Picture d
Reinstall the memory correctly

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Solution, remove the video card, clean the gold layer with a pencil eraser.

I hope this information helps.

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Sir, I have a problem with my desktop. when i turn on my system,cpu become on and monitor LED only blinks and monitor not displaying anything.There is not any fault on my monitor.The hard disk LED also not...

Harddrive (hard disk) LED activity light not blinking? Processor isn't operating (Running) then.

Let's try the simple stuff first, then on to more technical.

1) Computer unplugged from power, computer on a table, computer case open.
Follow Anti-Static Precautions, use a can of compressed air for computers, and clean the inside of the desktop computer out.
{ I recommend removing all cables, and laying the computer down on it's side, on a towel on a table.
Open part of the computer case up. Easier to access everything inside the computer}

[ Anti-Static Precautions:

Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Computer unplugged from power, computer on a table, computer case open;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

Should you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return ]

Attach the plastic straw provided to the can of air's nozzle.
Break the plastic lock tab off of the top of the nozzle.

Pay special attention to the Processor Fan, and the finned Heatsink sitting under it.
Also shoot air into the Power Supply's case ventilation holes, and try to clean it out the best you can.
When you do, hold onto the plastic straw with one hand, and hold the can of air with the other hand.
If you do Not you risk the plastic straw shooting off, and landing inside the Power Supply's case.

While you're working on your computer, also remove all Ram Memory modules. ('Stick')
Clean the gold plated contact pins with a pencil eraser.
If you are not using a solid eraser, and the eraser at the end of a pencil, refrain from letting the metal band contact the gold plated contact pins.

Refrain from touching the gold plated contact pins. Handle the ram memory module by the Body.
The Body is the rest of the Ram Memory module away from the contact pins.
The Body is coated with a see-through protective plastic }

(You can click on the photo to enlarge)

Rub the eraser up, and down on each contact pin. You don't have to use much pressure, and it doesn't take much to clean each contact pin.
Clean both sides, all contact pins.

When finished use air to remove the eraser dust. You can use air from a can of compressed air for computers, or air pressure from your mouth will be sufficient.
Reinstall all ram memory modules.
{If you have a can of air, you can also use it to clean out the ram memory slots, before reinstalling the ram memory}

Everything clean, and reinstalled, close the computer case.
Plug the computer into power. WAIT 1 minute, turn the computer on.

Still no?
Suggest you test the Power Supply voltages, or if you have an unused computer with a known to be good, and compatible Power Supply, use it for a test unit.

1) IF all of the LED lights were on at once, they would use less than 1 Watt of power.

2) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts of power.

3) A typical Processor can use 51 to 125 Watts of power. Depends on what Processor it is.

Case in point?
You may have a bad Power Supply with a weak voltage power rail.
Enough power to light LED lights, and maybe spins fans, but Not enough power to turn the Processor on.

Post in a Comment as to the manufacturer name, and Model Number of your desktop computer.
It's on the back of the computer tower next to the Windows product key, or up on the side of the tower.
{Some models have plastic door in front. Once the door is opened the Model Number can be seen}

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


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When I turn the computer on I get a buzzing noise and it won't boot. I press the power button and lights 3 and 4 are illuminated on the front. Fan is active, screen power light goes orange. When I press...

The LED lights on the Front Panel are Diagnostic Lights.

LED's 3, and 4 being illuminated, indicate a problem with the ram memory modules (Sticks), according to Dell.

This is Dell Support, and the Service Manual main menu, for the Dimension E520,

On this main menu page left-click on - Advanced Troubleshooting.
Now click on - Diagnostic Lights
Look at the chart.

My diagnoses is different. I think it is a Power Supply issue.

Do you have more than one ram memory module ('Stick') installed in your computer?

Basic procedure, implementing safety guidelines both for you, and your computer.

Computer off, And unplugged from power.
Open the computer case, and touch the metal frame.

Your body carries Static electricity. Touching the metal frame of the open computer case, will relieve your body of Static. (Computer unplugged from power first)

Static electricity will fry out, (Short Circuit), the hardware components inside a computer ]

In the main menu you can click on - Removing and Installing Parts, for guidance in opening your computer case, and removing/installing ram memory modules.

(Removing the Computer Cover, and Memory, respectively)

If you have one memory module, remove it, and clean the gold plated contact pins on the bottom, with a pencil eraser.
Use care, and refrain from touching the contact pins with your fingers.

You can hold the ram module anywhere on the body of it, as the body is coated with a see-through plastic.

Apply the pencil eraser to the top of each contact pin, and stroke down with the eraser.
A side to side motion is not a good idea, as well as starting from the bottom of the contact pin, and going up.

[This is DDR Sdram, and not DDR2 Sdram that is used in your computer.
I linked it to show you a close up view of the gold plated contact pins, and the Black DRAM chips on the side of the ram module,

The top of the contact pin is is close to the DRAM chips.
{DDR Sdram has 184 contact pins. 92 on each side.
DDR2 Sdram has 240 contact pins. 120 on each side]

After you clean the contact pins with the pencil eraser, use air from you, or a can of compressed air for computers, to remove the eraser 'dust'.

If you have more than one ram memory module, do the above procedure for all of them.

With having just one ram memory module, reinstall it back into ram memory Slot 1.

(DIMM 1 may be stamped on the motherboard next to ram Slot 1.
Slot 1 is the ram slot that is closest to the Processor, that is sitting at an angle on your motherboard)

If you just have one ram memory module, place it in Slot 1.
If you have more than one ram memory module, pick one, and install it in ram Slot 1.

Do not close the computer case at this time. Plug the computer back into power. WAIT 1 minute, turn the computer on.

Still No?

If you have more than one ram memory module, use it in Slot 1. Test again.

If the second ram module you try works, then the first ram module is bad.

If you have just one ram memory module, and this test resulted in the computer not working, the diagnoses is that you have a bad ram memory module.

Same thing if both ram modules do not work, if you have more than one ram memory module.

I think it is the Power Supply is bad, due to the fact that the computer, 'Fell to it's knees', when you tried to turn it on the second time.

Bad voltage power rail. Not enough power from the power supply to turn the Processor on, and keep it running.

Computer power supply's power is rated in Watts. (Wattage)
Voltage times Amp's = Watts

1) ALL the lights use less than 1 Watt of power.
2) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts of power.
3) A typical Processor uses 55 to 125 Watts of power.

When you press the Power On button, 5 Volts of standby power is redirected to the Power Supply.

This turns the Power Supply on.
The first chip to receive power is the BIOS chip.

The BIOS program burned into that chip, looks to see what devices are connected, does a Ram Memory count, turns the Processor on, and hands the computer over to the Operating System.

(Windows XP is an example of an O/S)

I believe you do not have enough power to turn the Processor on.

There is a way to test the power supply with a power supply tester, (About $15)
Or a known, good, and compatible power supply, can be used for a test.

(One more thing to Note*

For a time period Dell built their computers as a Proprietary computer design.
This means they wanted THEIR computer parts, installed in THEIR computers.

The main proprietary item at that time was the Power Supply.

This is in reference to the 24-pin ATX main power cable connector, and the wire placement in that connector.

Close up examples of a 24-pin main power cable connector, (In your Dell computer this connector has P1 stamped on the side),

Look, at your 24-pin ATX main power cable connector on your Dell power supply, and observe the color code of the wires.

Use the lock tab on the side of the connector, to orient where the wires are placed.

Now look at the 24-pin ATX main power cable connector for the power supply you are wishing to use.

The color code of the wires MUST be in the same.

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Very slow also to increas memory

You need more memory. If you have windows xp you need at least 512 memory.

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Very slow, old, compaq presario 5000

Beyond adding memory, there really isn't anything you can add or change in the hardware to gain any real speed. Older computers don't support the technology to go as fast as the newer ones.

Other than being slow to start up and load programs, these older machines are still useful. For Internet access, email, word processing and other applications like that, computer speed isn't much of an issue anyway. The people who really need processor speed are gamers or users of power applications like animation or music or big number-crunching financial packages. I've fixed up systems like yours for parents who love the fact that about all their kids can do with them is schoolwork.

Bottom line, though, is that it would be better to put money into a new computer instead of trying to upgrade this one if you truly need more speed.

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When i switch on the pc i am getting a blank screen im having to switch of the power supply 3 or 4 times to get the pc working im sure doing this will damage the pc i have tried restoreing it but its only...

pls. clean your pc first,try to use blower to clean your pc unit,then prepare to have a pencil ERASER.

after cleaning..remove the RAM memory of your pc...use the ERASER to clean its gold teeth/plate{dirty plate makes error connection of RAM into pc.}

return the RAM memory then restart your pc.

tnx 4 using fixya!

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No memory on my windows xp


If the drive properties in show a full drive, then the install of xp probably has taken most or all of the hard drive space.

According to
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