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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by E36, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. E36

    E36

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    im a n00b when talking about computers. i know nothing about them at all. please be very basic.here are my specs...
    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name CPU-002
    System Manufacturer 00101190 8562
    System Model 03996200009487
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor x86 Family 6 Model 7 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~501 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Award Software, Inc. 1.08, 11/8/1999
    SMBIOS Version 2.0
    Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
    System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
    User Name CPU-002\Phil.Chappell
    Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
    Total Physical Memory 128.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 16.09 MB
    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    Page File Space 315.43 MB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys
    i preety much just use it for surfing the net. however i would like to get into using photoshop ans various other programs.
    i want to know what i can do to speed up my computer....ie..loading of the programs. thanks
     
  2. IHR

    IHR Appaloosa Rider

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    Monroe, WA.
    Step 1. Get more ram

    Total Physical Memory 128.00 MB

    XP is a memory hog, you want to put as much memory as your motherboard will support. Memory is cheap any more.
     

  3. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

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    HotLanta, GA
    agreed! 128MB trying to run XP Pro on a 500Mhz machine is not fun.

    It definitely is not a games machine

    Also how big is your hard drive and how much free space do you have?

    Download this program and run it, it will tell you a lot more info than whatever gave you that cryptic shizat you are showing us here.
    This will also tell you who your motherboard manufacture is so you can go to thier website and see how much ram you can upgrade it to.

    http://www.webattack.com/get/aida32.shtml
     
  4. foxbat

    foxbat

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    Waterford, Michigan
    Yes more memory. A couple of further suggestions: you call the manufacturer of your PC and find out what RAM speed you need, if you can buy 128, 256 or 512 SIMMs and, as suggested earlier, how much memory you can add. Then add all the memory that you can. You may also want to replace your 128 SIMM with a 256 or 512 SIMM.

    Also, if it isn’t already, you may want to upgrade your video card to at least 128 meg or 256 meg if you can afford it. This will help with your photo shop application.
     
  5. E36

    E36

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    Feb 19, 2004
    netninja that link is no longer valid.
    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Intel Pentium III, 500 MHz (5 x 100)
    Motherboard Name Unknown
    Motherboard Chipset VIA VT82C693A Apollo Pro133
    System Memory 128 MB (SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award Medallion (11/08/99)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 19062 MB (14694 MB free)
    Field Value
    L2 Cache 512 KB (Built-In, Half-Speed)
    Field Value
    Instruction Set x86, MMX, SSE
    Field Value
    CPU Type Intel Pentium III, 500 MHz (5 x 100)
    Field Value

    Physical Memory
    Field Value
    Total 127 MB
    Field Value
    Used 111 MB
    Field Value
    Free 15 MB
    Field Value
    Utilization 88 %

    Field Value
    Swap Space
    Field Value
    Total 331 MB

    Field Value
    Used 258 MB
    Field Value
    Free 72 MB


    ^
    maybe some of that is useful. also could some one tell me the type of memory i need to buy?
    thanks for the replys
     
  6. E36

    E36

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    Feb 19, 2004
    one other thing

    Drive
    Drive #1 - WDC WD200BB-75CAA0 (18 GB)
     
  7. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    SW Oregon
    I put a 1GHz PIII into a PC like yours not too long ago. Tripled the speed for $60.

    But we also got them maxed out with 512MB of PC133 memory, so that helps a lot! But SDRAM PC133 is costlier than DDR RAM these days...so they put over $250 into a PC that was worth $100 or so, and is now worth maybe $200.

    This is what is known as a Study In Diminishing Returns. They would have been money ahead if they would have listened to common sense and experienced...their PC still isn't as fast as they'd like. But, hey, a Model T motor will never win a drag race, no matter how much money you pour into it!!

    The problem with XP isn't with the bloated OS so much as it is the stuff you have to run in the background to keep the OS safe from attack.

    On a half-gig CPU like yours, your machine will crawl when a proper (AVG or AVAST!) AV app is running, to say nothing of a software firewall like Black Ice...so you can be fast and wide-open to attack, or sluggish and safe. Not a happy decision, and not one anybody should be forced to make!

    There is nothing you can do to prevent that except purchase a vastly better modern PC and use the old one as a workstation or a Debian/Mandrake Linux box to surf the Web with...

    Which is what most people do.

    I recommend that you order a new CPU and motherboard combo in the next month or two, then not long after that, when the budget allows, order a new PC case and some DDR RAM. Then when you get the power supply unit (450w or better) and the new video card, you can assemble everything into the awesomely powerful machine that your current PC can never be.

    Install XP onto the hard drive you have now, and then later on, you can buy a nice 200GB hard drive to store the video files on. And you are set.

    Many people do it this way, and it works out very well for them. Just use your old PC for now, and plan on what you might use your new PC for in the future. Trust me, when the MOBO Combo arrives, you will get the urge to acquire the other components to complete the build ASAP!! Worse than building an AR, I tell you!

    Good luck,

    FastVFR
     
  8. E36

    E36

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    Feb 19, 2004