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SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

By mlombe ·
I installed XP last year and later upgraded my PC to 256Mbytes RAM. My system is dead SLOW! Starting up is max 20 mins. Recently the my applications are non responsive and respond after a while. I have about 3GBytes free space and running on a network. I have thought of downgrading the systems to WIN2K Pro, how to I do it. How do I downgrade

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by darts32 In reply to SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

To answer your question you cannot downgrade to W2k. You must start over.

However I am curious about your config. I have XP installed on my system and I will admit it does take more resources than previous OS's. I also have installed it on a 400mhz PC with 384mb of ram and it runs okay. Try installing more RAM if you are below 256mb. I recommend at least 512mb. Check out what is being loaded at startup. Most PC makers load so much to startup with Windows that it seems you did not even purchase a new PC. You can view what is being loaded by typing msconfig in run off the start menu. Also you can check the event viewer to see any errors might be causing the problem. The event viewer can be found in the control panel under Performanceand Maintenance.

Make sure programs and drivers are up to date and designed for XP.

Start there and report back if it resolves the issue or not.

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by mlombe In reply to SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

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by RCOM In reply to SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

I don't see 256Mb of ram being an issue at all. That should be plenty to run XP. If you've mixed the ram then there may be a problem with the new and old ram being in the system together. Even though it's done all the time and isn't usually a problem I don't mix ram. There's voltage speed and other considerations. Try removing either the new or old ram to troubleshoot.
Have you checked your BIOS settings to make sure internal and external cahcing hasn't been disabled.

The time it takes to boot may be from virus scanning durring the boot process. If you upgraded to XP virus software should have been uninstalled first then if compatible reinstalled after.

A virus may be the problem make sure to get the lastest dat files, scan the PC.Also you may want to create a bootable virus disk to check for boot sector viruses.

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by mlombe In reply to SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

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by sonnguyen In reply to SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

Agree with answer #2 you may have virus in you system. Make sure AV s/w is up to date and scan the system for virus.

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by mlombe In reply to SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

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by TheChas In reply to SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

I have 2 suggestions to get your system back up to speed without switching to W2K.

1. verify that your new RAM is compatible with your existing RAM, or motherboard.
Not ALL SDRAM DIMMs work together, or in ALL motherboards.
a. Go back to justyour old RAM, and see if the system boots up faster.
b. Try again with just the new RAM.
c. 3rd try with the old and new RAM swapped in the sockets.
Some motherboards are a bit picky as to which RAM is in the first DIMM slot.

2. Try a new NIC.
Many a PC slowdown has been tracked to a bad NIC.

Chas

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by mlombe In reply to SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

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by ^trix In reply to SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

Have you ever defragged your machine? IF you havent i would suggest doing that so as to get all your data back in order. that is a good way to speed up your computer.

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by ^trix In reply to SLOW XP,TOO MUCH RAM

Also if you do try this it is suggested to run Scandisk first.

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