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System appears maxed out

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Blindy8, Aug 18, 2009.

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  1. Blindy8

    Blindy8 Thread Starter

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    I have a Dell Dimension 4100 with 512 MB RAM and a 866 mhz processor. I recently upgraded from Millenium to XP (at the exteme urging of my User group) and the system, which worked well on the Internet, is now moving at a crawl.

    I noticed that when I am accessing certain web pages, the processor speed maxes out to 100%.

    Being I can't add any more RAM to this system (as I upgraded it to the 512 maximum for this motherboard) and the maximum processor upgrade I can make for this board is 1.1 G, which wouldn't create a significant difference, If I were to upgrade my 32 MB ram video card to one with more capacity, would that make any difference?

    Thanks for any imput.
     
  2. Hughv

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    What web pages?
    What size is the HD and how much space is left?
    What other processes are running that might be unnecessary?
     
  3. krolinked

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    Upgrading your Video Card may help, but my guess is the difference will be so slight you may as well not have it.
    Video cards can help a system greatly when you've got a good one. But if you have only 512 MB RAM and such a slow processor, that would be your problem. Especially running XP on it.
    Did you have the same slugishness when running Millenium?
    Windows xp Requires a lot more power than Millenium...
     
  4. Blindy8

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    I had no problem with speed when using Millenium. It was only when I wiped the drive and upgraded to XP that everything slowed to a crawl on the Internet.Most webpages have slowed but I find my ISP, Optimum Online (Cablevision) is especially slow.

    I've checked with msconfig to see if I have too many unnecessay programs in the start menu but it doesn't appear to be the case. The hard drive is only 30 G but it has 25G free.

    I noticed, using the MZ Ram Booster utility that the processsor maxes out at 100% when going to certain web pages and that's when things are, obviously, particularly slow. After opening those pages or after navigating on them, the processor space is freed up.

    I would suspect, at this point, that I don't have a system problem but that this system wasn't designed to handle XP. Dell supports up to Windows 2000.

    The only other option left (aside from getting a new computer which will happen shortly) is if there is a software fix--something that gives the processor more power--although I suspect that that might be looking for miracles.
     
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