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OfflineDellComputers
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Help
    #1866777 - 08/30/03 09:28 PM (14 years, 28 days ago)

Hey, I have 3 total computers in my house, all of which are networked to share a printer and the cable modem. the computer i recently put in my bedroom is my oldest one. It is not very fast at all and is really a pain in the ass, I've pretty much cleared the hard drive of all the bullshit, but id like to increse the general operating speed...I dont know to much about stuff like this so any suggestions...? If its sometihing I can buy thats fine, its just unbearably slow compared to my other comps. thanks.


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Re: Help [Re: DellComputers]
    #1866780 - 08/30/03 09:29 PM (14 years, 28 days ago)

oh and sorry for asking such a stupid question, but i dont know anyone that knows about this stuff.


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Re: Help [Re: DellComputers]
    #1867012 - 08/30/03 11:27 PM (14 years, 27 days ago)

you really gave no specifics about your computer, so there's not much advice anyone can offer. Except, buy a new one.


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Re: Help [Re: djfrog]
    #1867093 - 08/31/03 12:10 AM (14 years, 27 days ago)

idk its a shitty old packard bell with 200 mhz. will buying more memory speed that shit up or what?
sorry for bein vague, though.


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Re: Help [Re: DellComputers]
    #1867157 - 08/31/03 12:27 AM (14 years, 27 days ago)

Adding memory is the single best thing you can do to speed that fucker up.

Defrag the hell out of your hard rive, and keep it reasonably defragged.

Don't let a lot of stuff run in the background.

If you want to spend money on anything besides RAM, you can get a faster hard drive with 8mb cache.

What OS are you using?


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Re: Help [Re: wingnutx]
    #1867170 - 08/31/03 12:30 AM (14 years, 27 days ago)

its a Packard Bell Multimedia R515 running windows 98 with 32 MB standard memory according to a website that selse memory upgrades, it also says max memory is 128 MB

how much is a hard drive compared to RAM?


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Re: Help [Re: DellComputers]
    #1867370 - 08/31/03 01:44 AM (14 years, 27 days ago)

RAM is pretty cheap. You can buy it online from tigerdirect or outpost.com

Max that fucker out with the RAM.

I'm sorry you have a Packard Bell :frown:

Hard drive would be a little more expensive than RAM, and RAM will give better results, goign from 32 to 128 meg.

defrag that hard drive!

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Re: Help [Re: wingnutx]
    #1867912 - 08/31/03 11:06 AM (14 years, 27 days ago)

ooh aright, thanks a lot. i defraged it last night and im gonna buy some RAM, its only like 70 bukcs to max it out. thanks.


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Re: Help [Re: DellComputers]
    #1870910 - 09/01/03 01:04 PM (14 years, 26 days ago)

Reinstalling the OS is always a good option. If you don't want to do so, besides the given hints, you can uninstall unneeded software too.

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Re: Help [Re: MAIA]
    #1870934 - 09/01/03 01:13 PM (14 years, 26 days ago)

yeah i decided ill only be using this comp. for some web browsing and AIM. so i got rid of all unneeded software,and cookies and shit. I also defraged the hard drive the other night and ill be buying about 70$ worth of memory which will triple the MB it has now. thanks for the help man.


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Re: More Help! [Re: DellComputers]
    #1874059 - 09/02/03 02:37 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

OK. I went to buy some RAM and the site says the multimedia R515 has max memory of 128 MB. Is MB the memory? I have 2 GB's on this computer. 1.66GB free space. If I'm an idiot and they have nothing to do with each other and I should just buy memory to reach 128MB lemme know. But I always thought MB was like 1/1000 of a GB or somthing like that so idk what there tlaking about.

Sorry again for asking quesitons like this but I dont wanna wast my $. Thanks.


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Re: More Help! [Re: DellComputers]
    #1874151 - 09/02/03 03:11 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

MB is a unit of measure called a MegaByte. GB is another unit of measure called a GigaByte. KB is another unit of measure called a KiloByte. Sometimes the B is dropped and you will see a number like 128M, meaning 128 megabytes.

1 byte (sometimes 2) = 1 character
1024 bytes = 1 KB
1024 KB = 1 MB
1024 MB = 1 GB

RAM = random access memory. It holds the information that your computer is using while it is turned on. When you turn off your computer, anything left in RAM is lost forever. Most modern computers have at least 128MB of RAM. The more RAM you can put into your machine, the better it will perform.

Your computer also has a Hard Drive in it (typically). A hard drive (HD) is used to store information while the computer is off. When you save something to 'My Documents' or 'Save to disk', the HD is where it is going. A hard drive is much slower than RAM, but it can hold a lot more and is cheaper. Most modern hard drives are measured in multiples of GigaBytes. Older drives are in the 2GB range while newer drives are in the 40GB all the way up to 120GB (and beyond!).

It sounds like you are speaking about two different things.

1) your motherboard can handle up to 128MB of RAM
2) your hard drive is 2GB with 1.6GB free.

To make things even worse, you have to be real careful reading the documentation on the the max memory the motherboard supports. Is the number given TOTAL memory the motherboard can handle or MAX memory that a single memory slot can handle.


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Re: More Help! [Re: DellComputers]
    #1874173 - 09/02/03 03:16 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

Quote:

DellComputers said:
OK. I went to buy some RAM and the site says the multimedia R515 has max memory of 128 MB. Is MB the memory? I have 2 GB's on this computer. 1.66GB free space. If I'm an idiot and they have nothing to do with each other and I should just buy memory to reach 128MB lemme know. But I always thought MB was like 1/1000 of a GB or somthing like that so idk what there tlaking about.

Sorry again for asking quesitons like this but I dont wanna wast my $. Thanks.



Memory is ram. The 2gigs you're talking about is the hard drive. They are two different things.

Don't waste your money, nothing will really help that old of a system. But if you're going to, buy another 96 mb worth. As the modules do not come in that size you'll need to get another 32 and a 64 MB module.

First make sure you have two slots available to use.

In a pinch if you have only one slot open, take out the 32 you have now and just install a 128.


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Re: More Help! [Re: Seuss]
    #1874191 - 09/02/03 03:21 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

I see.Thanks a lot for typin that all out,I didnt know any of that. http://4allmemory.com/index.cfm?fuseacti...;model_id=-1027 thats the page I'm getting this info from. It says
Standard Memory: 32MB
Maximum Memory:128MB

So im assuming thats max as in total.


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Re: More Help! [Re: DellComputers]
    #1874197 - 09/02/03 03:22 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

OOPS!

Just looked up the info. You have only TWO slots. You may have one of the OLDER systems where the modules have to be installed in pairs. Look in your case and see if there are two modules. If so, to be safe, remove those and put in two 64 MB modules. (I still wouldn't waste the money) Your manual should have this info.



Memory Specs
Standard Memory: 32 MB (removable)
Maximum Memory: 128 MB
Memory Expansion: 2 sockets


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Re: More Help! [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1874205 - 09/02/03 03:24 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

I have 2 slots available. Thats the plan, to buy the 64MB and a 32MB. What about purchasing a better harddrive? Which would you suggest as the better option pricewise and performancewise?


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Re: More Help! [Re: DellComputers]
    #1874211 - 09/02/03 03:26 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

Quote:

Which would you suggest as the better option pricewise and performancewise?


I suggest you do nothing. A 200mhz system isn't worth spending money on. As it's one of three comps, save your cash.


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Re: More Help! [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1874217 - 09/02/03 03:27 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

Quote:

luvdemshrooms said:
OOPS!

Just looked up the info. You have only TWO slots. You may have one of the OLDER systems where the modules have to be installed in pairs. Look in your case and see if there are two modules. If so, to be safe, remove those and put in two 64 MB modules. (I still wouldn't waste the money) Your manual should have this info.



Memory Specs
Standard Memory: 32 MB (removable)
Maximum Memory: 128 MB
Memory Expansion: 2 sockets




Woah,what? I know I have 2 empty sockets available....the larger black ones,right? I know this because I just put a LAN card in this comp.


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Re: More Help! [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1874226 - 09/02/03 03:30 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

Quote:

luvdemshrooms said:
Quote:

Which would you suggest as the better option pricewise and performancewise?


I suggest you do nothing. A 200mhz system isn't worth spending money on. As it's one of three comps, save your cash. 



lol ok well lets say I am definetly going to upgrade this as much as possible cuz either way its cheaper than a new computer :smile:
 


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Re: More Help! [Re: DellComputers]
    #1874228 - 09/02/03 03:30 PM (14 years, 25 days ago)

No, the slot you put the lan card in is either a pci or an isa slot. Not the same. Do you have a book for your system?


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