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Dial Up - Slow Computer Upgradg to DSL?

By rbc0654 ·
I have this client who wants to upgrade to DSL. They are currently on a Dial-up Modem. Their machine is a PI,-400mhz, w/31mb ram/ a 3ghd, It is very slllooow(intentional) to boot up, and takes forever to load the different software that they use to operate on a daily basis. I and the ISP provider feel that this machine is not worth upgrading, but that a newr machine with a faster processor, and more ram, and a bigger hard is necessary. This machine currently does not have an ether net card.Another (wannabe) tech says that the DSL will run just fine, and that (they- the tech) will install the ethernet card for about $25.00. Anyone with professional, reputable opinions, can ether respond to this, or send via e-mail to rbc0654@pop.ctctel.com. Thanks!

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by pschuvie In reply to Dial Up - Slow Computer U ...

There either has to be a typo in the specs you listed or some other unmentioned extenuating circumstances that are causing your firm and the ISP to believe that a problem would exist with the DSL.

If the computer is in fact a 400mhz machine, while the ram is low buy most current standards, these should not have any practical impact on the operation of the DSL connection. Of course, what the Client intends to DO with the connection could have a significant bearing on it. Certainly the addition of some RAM would be a very strong recommendation - the price of ram being so low these days it seems a natural.

As to the slow bootup and "number of programs" seems like there needs to be some effort given to boot and disk management. Scanning - defragging - elimination of not needed but are "just handy" program starts from start menu all seem to be need to do's..

What is the available freespace on the Hard Drive, as that certainly will have impact, probably sooner rather than later. Fast connection and stuff gets piled in pronto in massive amounts.

In regards to the NIC, the price quoted is not out of line, but is that truely all that is necessary. Is the ISP providing the modem/router or such so that a simple ethernet connection interface is all that is needed. Is there some special reasoning behind the ISP position for not thinking this is an adequate setup? I deal with some that provide the gateway/external modem, others that require the client to purchase the modem, and so there is a dependant factor there. A DSL modem or router certainly is going to be above $25.00.

There was no mention of whether this is to be a standalone computer or a gateway computer for all other users to share the connection by. If it is shared then the use of a dsl router would be a much better solution all the way around. If it is standalone then again the specs must be different from what I see.

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by pschuvie In reply to Dial Up - Slow Computer U ...

(continuing from above)

The Client is on a dialup at 56k - even a limited DSL connection should seem to the client like rocketing along. And if 25.00 gets them up and immediately happy then I would go there and also give them Recommendations on how to make all computing better.

Certainly if you have to add RAM, a new Hard Drive, a cable/dsl modem and a bunch of labor to clean up a bogged down system then the cost of a new unit would probably be less and easier for all concerned. But is that really the case?

I try to keep in mind what the client wants - to advise them of potential shortcomings and then give them the decisions to make, based on their desires and pocketbook.

Let me know if there was something not stated, otherwise I see no real problem other than weak memory count.

HTH

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by csmith In reply to Dial Up - Slow Computer U ...

I agree with answer #1.
I just upgraded a client to a Roadrunner cable modem in a 200MHz w 256Meg RAM.
This machine has a clean boot. (No TSRs, no applications, just the basics)
Roadrunner is faster than DSL in our area, and this machine has no problems with the downloads.
My attitude is that "The customer is king".
I would recommend to the client, adding RAM, clean out start up, clean up sys info, and they should be happy. (They will notice when they run out of Hard Drive space.)
I have a similar job scheduled, but the customer is aware that there are too many programs and services being started.
Good Luck.
Regards, Chris

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by Computechie In reply to Dial Up - Slow Computer U ...

The computer you mentioned will work with DSL just fine in my opinion. This machine I'm on is on a cable modem connection, and it's only a Pentium 166 with 48MB RAM. I see download's all the time of up to 300KB/sec, and webpages load 10x faster thanwhen I was on a 56K link.

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