I have a very slow computer. It is a laptop. It is an HP ZV6000. I have 224 Megabyte of RAM and 1.6 GHZ of proccessor speed. I want to make it at least a little bit faster. Which Should I upgrade? The proccessor or the Ram. I was leaning to add about 256 MB of ram because I can do that for like $20. This is not my main computer but I need it to be faster for my daily life. Please tell me which would help more for the money. Oh yeah, and my Proccessor is a AMD Sempron 3000+. Personally I think I should go with the Ram upgrade but I was some opinions from others first. THANKS A LOT!!! :)
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Slow computer If you have a virus program installed, it is most likely is running a scan on your hard disk. It can slow down your computer especially if you have a large hard drive. After scanning is completed then the computer will be faster. To make your computer (hard disk) lean and mean, uninstall any programs you do not use. Also you need to maintain your hard disk by running Disk Cleanup this will remove old temp files and old compressed files etc. This will reduce the number of files the virus scanner has to scan. Plus running Defrag. this makes your files contiguous so the system can access files off the hard drive quicker because it does not work as hard.. Disk Cleanup and Defrag should be carried out at least once a month. If you have 512Mb of RAM installed then installing more RAM will speed up your computer. After installing your graphics card, you may need to disable the built-in graphics card in the BIOS for the new graphics card to work properly.
Lowest cost solution is defrag and clean-up. Go to My Computer, right click on the c: drive and select properties. First do the clean-up, then click on the tools tab and defrag the disk.
If you have less than a quarter of your hard drive space free, consider a new hard drive as well. Or just uninstalling the programs you don't use and archiving the music and pictures to cds (or DVDs if you have an external burner--the 8500 has a DVD reader only, if I remember right.) Gives you back-up and access.
Next would be ram. I'd recommend at least a gig for XP sp3 any more.
Lastly, If you do need a hd and ram, see what specials are available on new laptops. What you get from selling yours, plus what you'd save from not doing the upgrades will probably buy you a machine that has 10x the hard drive and 6-8x the ram of your old one. Plus a DVD burner.
According to the link below you can do the upgrade. If is not working, make sure you have the memory seated correctly, then mix and match the memory and switch slots to find the problem memory. It may be incompatible with either the motherboard or the other memory sticks, or just a bad stick.
This advice relates to the Compaq Presario 3000 Notebook series but may also apply to other notebook computers as well.
The heat sink and fan assembly is probably clogged with dust and airborne particles. The clogged cooling parts can lead to heat problems with the CPU. When the system (CPU) gets to hot, the fan has to kick into high gear to try to cool things down. Once you remove dust and debre from the heat sink fins and fan, you will immediately experience better cooling and less fan usage. Your system may also be set for dynamic switching of CPU speed. If you CPU gets too hot, the system will reduce clock speed and ramp up fan and everything will slow way down. Use a good system monitoring software such as Notebook Hardware Control to monitor your CPU temperature, HDD temp and so forth. When the system starts getting too hot, first look at clogged heat sink fins as possible culprit. If you're good at electronics you may be able to service the unit yourself. Get a copy of the system's Maintenance and Service Manual or have a professional do the job for you as you will have to partially disassemble the computer to clean out the heat sink. Depending on the system, the job can take as little as 15-20 minutes once you become proficient at it.
Honestly In the long run you will be better off buying a cheap new laptop.
Dual core or similiar.
But lets see. You can upgrade the cpu, memory and the hard drive.
The laptop supports Maximum of 72 MB of Ram by installing a matched pair of 32-mb memory modules in the memory upgrade sockets on the main board. Theres 8 MB build into the motherboard so you will have total of 72MB with 8MB on the board and 64 in the slots. Thats the maximum memory you can have. You could try a biger module at your own risk. (may not work)
the NeoMagic 2093 video controller is integrated and can't be changed.
What is the model of your LM? for example Lm M166ST You should be able to upgrade to 166MHZ or more.
I don't know how big of a drive the computer supports, but Id guess atleast double? possibly more, I don't know whats the bigest size supported.
Found my solution. Was under keyboard. Required opening laptop as far as possible, removing 3 screws from the back that hold the piece of plastic just above the keyboard. With flathead screwdriver lift the right corner of the plastic piece then, with the same screwdriver lift the top center of the plastic piece to remove the piece entirely. Unscrew the 4 screws that hold the keyboard (across the top) and lay they keyboard forward (toward you). THERE is the Ram.