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I restored the system with both of the original 512MB memory sticks. I confirmed that the BIOS recognizes the update, but the system response is still the same (200 MB).

From the Processes Tab in Task Manager, mcshield.exe is using anywhere around 29 MB - 57MB right after power on (for 15 minutes or so). Now it has settled out and is in the 4.4 MB range (4436K).

naPrdMgr.exe (which looks like a McAfee process) is actually tops on the list, around 60 - 62 MB. It has been has high as 102Mb. It is tough getting a good read on these processes, they are bouncing all over.

Not sure if it is meaningful but the Commit Charge is 312M/1708M

I haven't used any registry cleaners unless you consider the programs I mentioned in post #1 registry cleaners. The only other thing I have done was to use Hijackthis to fix the suggestion made by Phantom010 in post #2.
 

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Virtual memory is the space on a hard drive that windows uses as memory, as and when necessary.
The space available is controlled by the size of the paging file.
The commit charge is either Total limit or peak. It is also an indication of virtual memory. Total, the size in use at that time, limit - the limit avilable at anytime. Peak, the maximum used in the present session.
Therefore, you will realise that virutal memory whilst related to physical memory, ie: the ram, is not a
direct indication of the ram installed. The paging file size is limited by Windows.

Go Start, right click My Computer, click the advanced tab, click the settings button on performance click the advanced tab. On memory usage ensure that programs is checked and NOT system cache
 
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I think you mean 2GB RAM
to speed up computer you can disable useless system service, clean unwanted startup, defrag harddisk.
 

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I think you mean 2GB RAM to speed up computer you can disable useless system service, clean unwanted startup, defrag harddisk. Just run a freeware called WinMate. it can do all for you. get from t55.net
deadking - He has 2 sticks 0f 512Mb - ie 1024 or 1Gb. The computer only has two ram slots available, albeit it will accept a max of 2Gb - 1Gb in each slot.
It is NOT with respect at this stage a question of how to speed the computer up as you say, it is WHY with the exisiting ram and now the new ram is reported as 1GB in Bios but only 200Mb in System Info. etc.
 
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PLEASE DO NOT RUN WinMate it is a registry cleaner.

Hello sir,
WinMate is really a registry cleaner, however I never told he to clean registry.
besides registry clean, WinMate supplies other system tools.
I just suggest him to disable useless services with WinMate. I run WinMate and it did helps me. I'm just a fans of WinMate. I don't want to make money by doing this. You see WinMate is totally free without additional stuff.
I think this forum is sick of something like registry cleaner.
I found most posts on the forum are replied by you and a guy called Phantom010.
I finally realized you are the administrator. most suggestions by you are: ask people to supply hijack log and then you suggest them to run malwarebytes. Nearly all the answer are like this :( If that, why ask people supply the log? directly suggest them to use malwarebyte is OK.
what I want to say is that in this forum, no diversification exist. In this forum, there are too many similar answers.
I also have a question, you are the administrator, and you hate registry cleaner. but why on the top of the page, there is a registry ad? see the picture I attached. This cast people money....and this is surely authorized by techguy forum.
Sorry for beening so rude and my poor english(I'm a korean)
Of course, I will neaver post WinMate on this forum. I like forum such like yaoo, people all can Participate in. This forum only allow admin to answer I think.
 
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maybe you will ban me from this forum :) never mind.
I just feel unfair so I post here. The ads on the top called"Before you continue" is a satire.

 

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I am NOT an administrator. I am, as you can see on my post only a Senior Member.
It is not a question of a ban or anything like that and that would certainly NOT be anything to do with me.
You are more than welcome. It is simply a matter of the fact that registry cleaning programs are dangerous.
 

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Deadking,

As stated, we do not recommend using optimizers or registry cleaners because they often cause more harm than good. That's not to say they are necessarily bad if you know what you're doing but most of the users seeking help here are not familiar with these programs or the registry. We have little control over the ads and you will see this statement at the bottom of every page. "Advertisements do not imply our endorsement of that product or service."

Furthermore, the site you are suggesting for the download is not trustworthy according to McAfee's Site Advisor and MyWot:

http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/t55.net
http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/t55.net

Please refrain from recommending these types of programs and linking to that particular site.
 

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Any thoughts on doing a Windows XP Repair (not reinstall)? I have the XP Media Center DVD that was shipped with the laptop and have done this type of thing on other systems. Just thought I'd throw it out there.
 

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Just an idea, as I would never use a registry cleaner.... I have enough issues to keep my computer running fast.

I enjoy this site and as an idea, not allow advertising contrary to the advice given.

All respects to be sure, this is a Great Site!!!!!

Steve

ps... I do believe all of the respondant's are volunteer with a lot of very good experience.....
 

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I would not recommend a repair install at this stage.
Firstly even if the setup will allow a repair install, you will be back tothe oriignal installation of XP. You will have all the updates, service packs to install, driver issues to resolve.
However my main reason for not supporting the idea is that I am not certain it will solve the problem.
 

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Please go Start, right click My Computer, click Properties, then click the hardware tab, then click device manager, then on the view tab click Show Hidden devices. Are there any warnings please on any entries.

Please also go here download this
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/pc-wizard.html

and follow the screenshot to check what ram this records.
 

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I looked at Device Manager and I do not see any warnings on any of the devices. There is one item disabled under the network adapters folder though - the "Cisco Systems VPN Adapter" device is disabled with a "code 22". This network connection is no longer needed and could be removed.

I ran CPUID and from system summary it shows that the physical memory is 1024 MB (2 x 512 DDR2-SDRAM). From the Memory tab (your screen shot), it shows the same thing, 1024MB DDR2-SDRAM.
 
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