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Brand new machine running slow

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by matty1stop, Feb 5, 2007.

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  1. matty1stop

    matty1stop Thread Starter

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    I just bought a low end compaq (specs below) as a 2nd PC but it seems to run fairly slow. A lot slower than my 3 year old Dell with XP. I was wondering if Vista is a slower OS, or the machine is too low end or you should run Vista on something with a little more memory or something.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Matt


    Processor Brand: Intel
    Processor Class: Celeron D Processor
    Processor Number: 356
    Processor Speed: 3.33 GHz
    Bus Speed: 533 MHz
    L2 Cache Size: 512 KB
    Memory Speed: PC2-4200 (533MHz)
    Memory Technology: DDR2-SDRAM
    Installed Memory: 512 MB
    Memory Slots Total: 2
    Memory Slots Available: 1
    Hard Drive Capacity: 120 GB
    Drive Controllers: SATA-300
    Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
     
  2. junialum

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    1. Pentium Celeron D Processors always ran slower than its counterparts at the same speed. (Pls correct me if I'm wrong)
    2. Vista needs 1GB to run smoothly.

    Please post your graphics card model as well?
     
  3. Cebby

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    I'm no expert, but I've been told you should have a min of 1Gb Ram to avoid probs with Vista. It also uses around 15Gb for a new install.
     
  4. matty1stop

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    Thanks for the info.

    So I need to spend another $75 just to get my brand new machine to run the OS it came with? That's frustrating.

    Here is my video card info

    Video Chipset Brand: ATI
    Video Chipset: Radeon Xpress 1100
    Video Bus: PCI Express x16
    Video Integration: Motherboard
    Installed Video Memory: 64 MB
    Total Available Graphics Memory (Vista): 128 MB
     
  5. uhaligani

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    That is also a fairly low spec Graphics board for Vista.
     
  6. matty1stop

    matty1stop Thread Starter

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    That's frustrating because those frauds at Compusa were selling it as a Vista machine.
     
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    And it does run Vista, just poorly and Compusa got your money so thats what they care about.

    The biggest thing to upgrade is the memory, you need a 1Gb for smooth operation of Vista. Adding more memory should also increase the shared video memory size to 256MB, if not you should be able to adjust that in the BIOS or the ATI Catalyst Control Center.

    That'll leave your processor, and thats a harder and more expensive upgrade which you may not want too or need to do after upgrading the RAM.
     
  8. junialum

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    Agreed. Upgrade RAM first - that's the cheapest and easiest to do. Then judge the performance. You should see a jump like how I did when I jumped from 128 to 384 mb when upgrading from ME to XP.

    Do the graphics card next. I don't think u'd want to change the processor.
     
  9. matty1stop

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    Makes me want to just go back to XP
     
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