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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by TVEE, Nov 21, 2011.

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  1. TVEE

    TVEE Thread Starter

    Feb 2, 2011
    This is an old computer by computer standards that my daughters use for schoolwork. They do use Photoshop and watch a lot of Youtube etc. But nothing very demanding. We are having quite a few issues with it eg very slow boot up (again), very slow operation and turning itself off. After it turns itself off we get a "system has experienced a critical error and had turned itself off for its own protection" or somewhat similar. In the log viewer it seems to have quite a few Service Control manager errors. Should I, 1. try to suss this issue out? 2. consider the PC is old and look for a new one? 3.Reformat the whole computer, hoping with it's specifications it will eliminate the issues, free up space and speed up the PC to a useable rate? What are the thoughts?

    Is it an easy Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 6 Stepping 4
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 999 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) Q965/Q963 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 144412 MB, Free - 29760 MB; D: Total - 8197 MB, Free - 3747 MB;
    Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 0A50h
    Antivirus: CA Anti-Virus, Updated: No, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
  2. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Dec 9, 2004
    You don't think Photoshop is demanding? It must be an old version that it even installed on the computer.

    It's very old and seriously underpowered. It's not worth spending money on upgrades. About the best advice I can think of is a reinstall of Windows and only install the bare minimum programs she needs to do her homework. If Photoshop is required, you need a new computer.
  3. TVEE

    TVEE Thread Starter

    Feb 2, 2011
    Yes. Photoshop is seriously outdated ie. Photoshop 7! Yes, i'm thinking along the lines of replacing the PC just thought there may have been some trace of hope. Thanks heaps.
  4. rosiesdad


    Jul 13, 2010
    Well, for kids schoolwork I would consider that a good computer.
  5. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
    I'd reinstall a fresh operating system .. You might be surprised how much better it will run.
    I've had PS intalled in an older computer, It wasn't as fast, But it got the job done when needed.
    Then you can decide if you need a new computer.

    My main Computer is not much better than what you've listed (More RAM) .. And it's running PS CS5.
    I'd rather work in XP .. Than my newer W7 computer.
  6. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Sep 10, 2006
  7. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    What's the model name and model number of that HP and what's the product number(P/N) on the sticker?

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