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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bsacco, Feb 8, 2013.

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  1. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    I have a Dell Optiplex 755 circa 2007.

    It runs at 2.6 GHZ with 3.25GB of RAM.

    Runs XP sp3.

    Has an upgraded graphics card.

    Windows XP has never been re-installed since I got the PC back in 2007.

    I'm just wondering since I've been geeting problems like my USB ports not recognizing my MIDI controller keyboard plus the blue screen of death I just got today.....whether or not I should consider getting a SSD installed and then re-installing XP.

    Your thoughts?
     
  2. dai

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    what are you running
    video card brand and model
    cpu
    m/board
    ram
    power supply
    brand
    model
    wattage

    check the listings in the bios for 12v line voltages and cpu temperatures and post them

    in the device manager click on view at the top and in the dropdown
    show hidden devices
    then uninstall all listed usb items
    turn the computer off
    unplug usb plugs
    reboot twice
    replug in the usb plugs
    put the minidumps into here and post the result

    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html

    C:\Windows\Minidump\Minidump.dmp
     
  3. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    Operating System System Model
    Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
    Install Language: English (United States)
    System Locale: English (United States)
    Installed: 5/20/2008 10:20:07 AM Dell Inc. OptiPlex 755
    System Service Tag: 7ZJV7G1 (support for this PC)
    Chassis Serial Number: 7ZJV7G1
    Enclosure Type: Mini-Tower
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    2.67 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo
    64 kilobyte primary memory cache
    6144 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (2 total)
    Not hyper-threaded Board: Dell Inc. 0GM819
    Serial Number: ..CN1374082407R1.
    Bus Clock: 1333 megahertz
    BIOS: Dell Inc. A20 10/06/2011
    Drives Memory Modules c,d
    249.92 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    128.74 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    MagicISO Virtual DVD-ROM0000 [Optical drive]
    TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653B [Optical drive]

    Canon MX870 series USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
    ST3250310AS [Hard drive] (250.00 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 6RY77DMN, rev 3.ADA, SMART Status: Healthy 3326 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM_1' has 1024 MB (serial number 00003010)
    Slot 'DIMM_3' has 1024 MB (serial number 52CCD712)
    Slot 'DIMM_2' has 1024 MB (serial number 0000300E)
    Slot 'DIMM_4' has 1024 MB (serial number 52CCD612)
    Local Drive Volumes

    c: (NTFS on drive 0) 249.92 GB 128.74 GB free
    Network Drives

    mounted by bsacco at 2/8/2013 4:37:00 PM
    m: \\hpstorage1\mac 1978.91 GB 284.68 GB free
    t: \\hpstorage1\videos 1978.91 GB 284.68 GB free
    u: \\hpstorage1\recorded tv 1978.91 GB 284.68 GB free
    v: \\hpstorage1\photos 1978.91 GB 284.68 GB free
    w: \\hpstorage1\music 1978.91 GB 284.68 GB free
    x: \\hpstorage1\public 1978.91 GB 284.68 GB free
    y: \\hpstorage1\software 1978.91 GB 284.68 GB free
    Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
    local user accounts last logon
    bsacco 2/8/2013 4:24:31 PM (admin)
    TEST 5/5/2012 10:45:52 AM (admin)
    local system accounts
    ASPNET never
    Guest 11/25/2012 1:02:03 PM
    HelpAssistant never
    SUPPORT_388945a0 never

    Marks a disabled account; Marks a locked account

    Adobe PDF Converter on My Documents\*.pdf
    Canon MX870 series FAX on USB003
    Canon MX870 series Printer on USB001
    Microsoft XPS Document Writer on XPSPort:
    Microsoft XPS Document Writer on \\DELLXPS400TOWER\Printer
    Microsoft XPS Document Writer on \\INSPIRON600M\Printer2
    Controllers Display
    Intel(R) ICH9 SATA AHCI Controller
    Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
    Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]
    Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro [Display adapter]
    DELL 2009W [Monitor] (20.0"vis, s/n XX-0KM509-XXXXX-855-170U, May 2008)
    DELL E196FP [Monitor] (17.1"vis, s/n XX-0GC811-XXXXX-59S-0AHS, October 2005)
    Bus Adapters Multimedia
    MagicISO SCSI Host Controller
    Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2934
    Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2935
    Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2936
    Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2937
    Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2938
    Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293A
    Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293C Line 6 TonePort UX2
    SB Audigy
    SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio
    USB Audio Device
    Virus Protection [Back to Top] Group Policies
    Microsoft Security Essentials Version 4.1.0522.0
    Scan Engine Version 1.1.9103.0
    Virus Definitions Version 2/8/2013 Rev 1.143.1896.0
    Last Disk Scan on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:10:42 AM
    Realtime File Scanning On
    None discovered
    Communications Other Devices
    ↑ Intel(R) 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection
    primary Auto IP Address: 192.168.1.75 / 24
    Gateway: 192.168.1.254
    Dhcp Server: 192.168.1.254
    Physical Address: 00:1E:4F:C8:A5:FE

    Networking Dns Server: 192.168.1.254
    HID Non-User Input Data Filter (KB 911895)
    HID-compliant consumer control device
    USB Human Interface Device (2x)
    Canon MX870 ser
    HID Keyboard Device
    Microsoft USB Wireless Mouse (IntelliPoint)
    Generic USB Hub (2x)
    USB Composite Device (2x)
    USB Mass Storage Device
    USB Printing Support (2x)
    USB Root Hub (7x)
    USB Storage Use in past 30 Days (mouse over last used for details) Hosted Virtual Machines (mouse over name for details)
    Last Used
    Canon MX870 series -- drive 1, rev 0103 2/8/2013 4:04:55 PM
    HitachiG ST, s/n 31001206060000000450, rev 0000 1/20/2013 6:10:15 PM*
    * Possibly used again before the reboot following this time.
    None discovered

    See your entire network map...
    click for Belarc's System Management products

    Network Map (mouse over IP address for physical address) [Back to Top]
    IP Device Type Device Details Device Roles
    192.168.1.64 Network Device Motorola
    192.168.1.65 Windows 2003 Server Hpstorage1 (in WORKGROUP) Browse Master
    192.168.1.66 Windows 95/98/Me Workstation 962390000000 (in WORKGROUP),
    unknown001e8f962390, Canon Web Server
    192.168.1.68 Network Device unknown0023eee35349, Motorola
    192.168.1.74 System the-saccos-ipad, Apple
    192.168.1.75 Windows XP Workstation Bs-tower (in WORKGROUP),
    bs-tower.gateway.2wire.net, Dell Print Server
    192.168.1.81 Network Device Belkin
    192.168.1.83 np-13a18n049530
    192.168.1.86 System unknown7cc537f61c2b, Apple
    192.168.1.88 System saccos-airport-express, Apple
    192.168.1.254 Router homeportal DHCP Server, Gateway, Domain Name Server, Web Server

    Find your security vulnerabilities...
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    Missing Security Updates new – for Adobe, Apple, Java, Microsoft and more [Back to Top]

    Hotfixes from Microsoft Update (agent version 7.6.7600.256) install automatically.
    Last install: 2/5/2013 3:01:13 AM, download: 2/4/2013 2:49:50 PM, check: 2/8/2013 8:20:56 AM.

    These security updates apply to this computer but are not currently installed (using Advisor definitions version 2013.2.8.1), according to the 01/22/2013 Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary and bulletins from other vendors. Note: Security benchmarks require that Critical and Important severity security updates must be installed.

    Hotfix Id Severity Description (click to see security bulletin)
    EOL-Adobe End of Life Adobe Acrobat 8.1.0.137 is vulnerable and no security updates are provided by the vendor
    APSB13-04 Important Adobe Flash Player security update for Flash Player 11.5.502.146 Plugin 32-bit
    JavaCpuFeb2013-1841061 Critical Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update for Java 6.0.310.5 32-bit
     
  4. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    what are you running?
    video card brand and model - ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro [Display adapter]
    cpu:
    2.67 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo
    64 kilobyte primary memory cache
    6144 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (2 total)
    Not hyper-threaded

    m/board:
    Board: Dell Inc. 0GM819
    Serial Number: ..CN1374082407R1.
    Bus Clock: 1333 megahertz
    BIOS: Dell Inc. A20 10/06/2011

    ram:
    3326 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM_1' has 1024 MB (serial number 00003010)
    Slot 'DIMM_3' has 1024 MB (serial number 52CCD712)
    Slot 'DIMM_2' has 1024 MB (serial number 0000300E)
    Slot 'DIMM_4' has 1024 MB (serial number 52CCD612)


    power supply - not sure where to find that information - please advise
    brand - Dell
    model - Optiplex 755
    wattage - not sure where to find that information - please advise

    check the listings in the bios for 12v line voltages and cpu temperatures and post them - not sure where to find that information - please advise
     
  5. TerryNet

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    Definitely worth reinstalling XP after 5+ years.

    Whether money is better spent for a SSD or saved for a future purchase of a new computer depends on how you feel about your current computer and how long you predict it will be a satisfactory performer for you.
     
  6. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    I own 2 Dell OptiPlex 755 Mini Tower desktops with these specs:

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz processor

    4 GB of DDR2 PC2-6400 RAM

    160 GB SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drive

    Intel Q35 graphics

    Analog Devices ADI 1984 high definition audio(SoundMAX integrated digital high definition audio)

    Intel 82566DM-2 gigabit ethernet

    Dell 0GM819 motherboard

    Dell A22 BIOS 06/22/2012

    Dell L305P-01/L305P-06 305 watt power supply

    They originally came with Windows XP SP3, but are now running Windows 7 SP1.

    This is an option that you might consider doing within the next year before Microsoft stops all support for Windows XP SP3.

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    According to your service tag number, here is the Dell support and driver downloads site for your Dell OptiPlex 755 Mini Tower - which shipped in May 2008.

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  7. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    THanks for the tips.

    How hard is it to extract applications i want to keep and re-install with the new OS (Windows 7 SP1)?

    That is, I have Adobe CS3 installed on this PC right now. I don't have the disks but I have all the serials ect.. The PC came loaded with this app as it was installed by the IT person at my company but the company is now sold and gone.

    Anyhow, CS# is the only really important app i want to save and re-install. Though, i'd like to somehow take a snap shot of what i have installed so that i can rebuild the PC back the way i like it.

    So anyone have any tips on best practices here?

    Thanks,
    bob
     
  8. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    oh, about Windows 7 SP1, doesn't it take a TON of RAM to run windows 7? My PC has 4 GB RAM ...not sure if that's enough to run Windows 7 SP1?

    Am I opening up a can of whoop *** here?
     
  9. TerryNet

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    For Windows 7 you need minimum of 1 GB RAM, 2 GB is OK for most usage, 4 GB should be fine. Windows 7 manages memory better than XP does.
     
  10. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    Two questions.

    1) If I decide to go with installing Windows 7 SP1, what version do i run with my PC? 32bit or 64bit? Plus there are tons of different styles, Starter, Pro, Enterprise, Ultimate, AIO, Alaska, Halloween edition, x86, Home basic, home premium. Which one is the best choice given my PC hardware?

    2) , do you know how to save my install of Adobe CS3? That is, do you know how to extract the files off my PC then re-install them on to the same PC running the new OS?


    thanks in advance:)

    -bob
     
  11. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    Bob:

    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1(32-bit) is sufficient for most home users and is what I use.

    The 32-bit version of Windows will recognize and use about 3.25 GB of 4.00 GB of RAM.

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  12. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    Yes but what if I install the 64 bit windows 7 version?
    Will my PC recognize it and run it efficiently. Remember I'm running a 2007 Dell Optiplex 755.
     
  13. TerryNet

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    Dell has Vista 64-bit drivers, so it is capable of 64-bit. You might want to see what the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor has to say.
     
  14. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    OK, I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor .exe app and I'm now more confused than before. There wasn't a definitive answer given whether my PC would perform faster under windows 7 32 bit or windows 7 64 bit....

    Will windows 7 64 bit run faster on my PC? What are your thoughts?
     
  15. TerryNet

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    If and when the system needs more than about 3.3 MB memory the 64-bit should be a little faster since less swapping will be needed. When you buy Windows 7 (if you can still find it) you get both installation DVDs so you can try 64-bit and if you run into trouble then re-install with the 32-bit version.
     
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