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Hi, Had my pc now for 4 year and over the last few weeks its just started to die. Takes ages to run etc. and things are noticeably slower than ever before. My stats are: AMD Sempron (tm) Proc… Read More
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Hi,

Had my pc now for 4 year and over the last few weeks its just started to die. Takes ages to run etc. and things are noticeably slower than ever before.

My stats are:

AMD Sempron (tm) Processor 3000+
1.60 GHTZ
448MB RAM
160 gigs hard drive (30% used)

Is there anythig easy and adviseable for me to buy to ramp up the speed again and how easy to install? Assume its the processor i need to buy, but only really want to replace if i know i wont kill it completely.

Or is it worth buying a new one? Would try to avoid this is possible as am not rolling in much free cash!

Any advise would be most welcome.

Thanks in advance,

Dan
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Get some more memory for it (RAM) - Speeds the whole world up. My laptop came with 512mb, booted it up to 2Gb RAM and hey presto, it works like a squirell on speed.

The rest is pretty fine if u ask me, although you do have a lot of data on it.. ish.

Youll have to find out what memory your computer takes first, look on the net for your computer model and see whats compatible, then just go on any good Pc website and purchase some RAM, ensuring its the right model. RAM isnt expensive, i got 2GB for £17 quid, that was for my laptop though.
#2
try running ccleaner and a disc defrag, you may find it makes a noticable difference :)

+ 1 for more ram

download and run these :)
http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/
http://www.filehippo.com/download_defraggler/
#3
Try the simplest option first. Reformat your computer.

If after reformat, you still feel it is slow, then the second easiest option is to add ram. But I assume you haven't reformatted in the last 4 years so doing that should solve your problem.
#4
Slash
Try the simplest option first. Reformat your computer.

If after reformat, you still feel it is slow, then the second easiest option is to add ram. But I assume you haven't reformatted in the last 4 years so doing that should solve your problem.


...at the expense of all the data on it, and at the expense of several hours spent backing up and restoring data, reinstalling apps, and hunting for drivers. It's the cheapest option, but the least effective, and by no means the easiest.

The easiest being two 1GB sticks of DDR400 RAM, which'll cost about £20 from eBay, take five minutes to install, and instantly make the system run superfast. Also:

1) Start > Run > type "msconfig", press enter
2) Go to the startup tab, untick everything,
3) Reboot.
4) Via Add/Remove on the control panel, uninstall all software you haven't used in a while

Should make things a lot smoother.
#5
I wish my computer was like a Squirrel on speed.....

:'(

I thought about more RAM - but it all sounded a bit too 'techie' for my simple brain....

:(
So, I went into the thing and deleted a load of ?? Well, all sorts really, then emptied the bin... It's a BIT quicker but nowhere near any Squirrels... More like a Sloth!
AS for a Reformat - that sounds a bit drastic to me!

Especially if you haven't backed up files and what not...
xxx
banned#6
clean it up like suggested, defrag it,
Google Xp Tweaks!

This will also vastly improve the speed of your pc.

I'm still using my AMD 64 3400+ 5/6 YEARS ON. In my 2nd pc.
best cpu ive ever bought.
#7
Installing ram is by no means easier than popping a system restore CD and following the instructions for a non-technical person. Systems are supposed to be reformatted at least once a year. Read what the OP said again..."over the last few weeks its just started to die". It sounds like a problem reformatting should fix immediately.

If the OP had said "after installing Windows Vista, my system is soooooooo slow"...then adding rams would be the best option. So I stand by what I said...try reformatting first.


dxx
...at the expense of all the data on it, and at the expense of several hours spent backing up and restoring data, reinstalling apps, and hunting for drivers. It's the cheapest option, but the least effective, and by no means the easiest.

The easiest being two 1GB sticks of DDR400 RAM, which'll cost about £20 from eBay, take five minutes to install, and instantly make the system run superfast.
#8
If anyone can find me somewhere which will sell 1 gig sticks of DDR for £20 or less, please let me know, aside from ebay. Only been able to find them for £30 on most retail websites.
#9
Slash
Installing ram is by no means easier than popping a system restore CD and following the instructions for a non-technical person. Systems are supposed to be reformatted at least once a year. Read what the OP said again..."over the last few weeks its just started to die". It sounds like a problem reformatting should fix immediately.

If the OP had said "after installing Windows Vista, my system is soooooooo slow"...then adding rams would be the best option. So I stand by what I said...try reformatting first.



I would recommend re-formatting the machine too, hell, even buy a second HDD and install the OS on it and use the original HDD as a slave. Although installing RAM is as easy as pie, even for non techies - I'll bet you'd find a how-to vid on YouTube... Just pop the blasted thing into the slot :P

Re-building the PC is generally my favourite option for fixing speed issues since it won't cost any extra, but I would try going down the CCleaner, Defrag route first to see. A RAM upgrade never hurts though.
#10
cloudthecat
I wish my computer was like a Squirrel on speed.....

:'(

I thought about more RAM - but it all sounded a bit too 'techie' for my simple brain....

:(
So, I went into the thing and deleted a load of ?? Well, all sorts really, then emptied the bin... It's a BIT quicker but nowhere near any Squirrels... More like a Sloth!
AS for a Reformat - that sounds a bit drastic to me!

Especially if you haven't backed up files and what not...
xxx


Increasing your RAM is simple - As long as you have the right type, fitting it isn't a problem at all :)

First search on google: how to install ram

Or a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiFIgSQOY7g

Enjoy.
#11
DragonChris
If anyone can find me somewhere which will sell 1 gig sticks of DDR for £20 or less, please let me know, aside from ebay. Only been able to find them for £30 on most retail websites.


Cos its quite old now and most computers have moved on to DDR2 and DDR3 its not cost effective to keep and sell it anymore. Plus I would presume the manufacturers of it would prefer everyone to move onto the newer ram so they can stop making it.
#12
pretty sure the semperons had thermal throttling on them so first thing to do would be check the cpu heatsink is clear of dust.
If thats ok it may be the hdd is on it's way out anyway as that can severely slow things down.
Backups of all data NOW are essential, as any action whatsoever with scanners ccleaner etc are likely to push it one step further to the edge.
#13
spic
Cos its quite old now and most computers have moved on to DDR2 and DDR3 its not cost effective to keep and sell it anymore. Plus I would presume the manufacturers of it would prefer everyone to move onto the newer ram so they can stop making it.


I'm aware that's it's old hardware, but I'd imagine there are still plenty of machines out there which are still in good nick, but a wee RAM upgrade would do wonders for.

*Kicks manufacturers*
#14
Thanks for all the help. Those progs i downloaded worked wonders. Thanks alot.

Taking on baord all the advise, i'm going to get a bit of ram in it too. Prob the link below. Will this work in my PC? How do i check the compatibility please and which of the many types on this page should i get?

Thanks,

http://www.memorybits.co.uk/computerupgradememory_808.php?cPath=808&sort=2a&filter_id=181

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