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Re: Dell XPS M140 Very Slow In Booting Up and General Use
Run a check disc, or hard drive test in the bios, if any part of the test fails, then the hard drive is failing and will need replaced. Delete anything from the start up section of the start menu/programs, and download and run CCleaner form filehippo.com, it will help keep your computer clean and running fast/smoother. Also, are you using Norton? If so, remove it and use the AVG. You can find it at File Hippo as well.
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A slow computer could becaused by a number of things -
1.InsufficientRAM memory - if your computer has less than 512Mb of RAM then increase it to atleast 1Gb of RAM.
2.Registryproblems - clean and repair the registry, it will contain unused registry keys.Use programs such as Registry Mechanic, Microsoft RegClean etc.
3.Uninstall/removeunused programs, this will also free up hard disk space.
4.Notenough hard disk space - swap file space may need to be increased if Windowshasn't been configured to manage it.
5.Installlatest Windows updates.
6.Updatevirus definition files and scan computer for viruses, Trojans, malware etc.
7.Clearthe Internet cache for faster browsing.
8.Harddisk maintenance is required at least once a month to keep it functioningefficiently.
Runthe following programs -
Disk Cleanup -removes temporary files that are no longer used and to recovers hard disk space.
DiskDefragmenter to make fragmented files into contiguous files and thereforethe hard disk access is faster.
Depends which version of their board you have, I will list them here so you can just check your board and reference the right one:
Intel Desktop Board D865GLC - 4GB maximum Ram
Intel Desktop Board D865GSA - 2GB maximum Ram
Intel Desktop Board D865GLCLK - 4GB maximum Ram
If you only have 512MB Ram at this point then you definately will see huge performance increases if you take it up to at least 2GB and if you can take it to 4GB (especially since these boards only have onboard video instead of graphics card)
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Yo u have 2 slots in u r machine I am sending u details information of updradation in ur machine :
frequency of ram should be
667 MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SD RAM
option 1. A system ready for the next generation of applications and games 3 or 4GB1 Dual Channel2 DDR2 SDRAM
2. A system capable of handling Windows Vista® Aero as well as today’s latest games. 2GB Dual Channel2 DDR2 SDRAM 3.
Basic performance for the Windows Vista® AeroTM interface (PCs purchased with Windows Vista Home Premium and less than 1GB of memory will NOT be capable of running Aero). 1GB Dual Channel2 DDR2 SDRAM 4.
Basic performance, lowest initial cost (Windows Vista® Home Basic) 512MB Dual Channel2 DDR2 SDRAM
fine ur problem if very simple as u installed 512 mb RAM on ur pc if at possible try to connect on to the other slot and restart the computer and check ur RAM capacity in ur os if it shows as same 256mb then ur have to change ur virtual memory settings i.e memory allocated to the video so configure ur virtual memory as per requirement then free up RAM memory ..
Steps for virtual memory configuration.
Open System in Control Panel.
On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.
On the Advanced tab, under Virtual memory, click Change.
Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that
contains the paging file you want to
Under Paging file size for selected drive, click Custom size,
and type a new paging file size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or
Maximum size (MB) box, and then click Set.
If you decrease the size of either the initial or maximum page file settings,
you must restart your computer to see the effects of those changes. Increases
typically do not require a restart.