Laptop Decision - Upgrade Ram or Buy A New Laptop

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Found 20th Mar 2011
Hi all I'm looking for some advice re my ageing laptop. Basically it's crazy slow so I was pondering upgrading the ram to 1gb but I wondered whether it's worth doing given the rest of the spec, ie processor capabilities etc.

I just want to get to the point where iTunes or skype doesn't use all of the laptops memory which is what is currently happening. I've copie the full spec below and any advice from those in the know would be great. Thanks in advance.
Processor type : Intel® Celeron® M Processor 360
clock speed : 1.40 GHz
Front Side Bus : 400 MHz
2nd level cache : 1 MB
Operating system
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition

System memory standard : 256 MB
maximum expandability : 2,048 MB
technology : DDR2 RAM
Hard disk capacity : 40 GB
certification : S.M.A.R.T.
drive rotation : 5,400 rpm
DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer) compatibility : CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
maximum speed : Read: 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM/ Write: 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 10x HS CD-RW, 10x US CD-RW, 8x DVD-R, 2x DVD-R (Double Layer), 4x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R, 2.4x DVD+R (Double Layer), 4x DVD+RW, 5x DVD-RAM
type : DVD Super Multi (Double Layer) drive
Display size : 15 "
type : TFT colour display
internal resolution : 1024 x 768
Internal video modes The following internal video modes are supported:
resolution : 1,024 x 768
maximum number of colours : 16.7 million
Interfaces 1 × headphone
1 × DC-in
1 × external monitor
1 × RJ-11
1 × RJ-45
1 × external microphone
3 (Back 1, Left 2) × USB 2.0
Expansion 2 × memory slots
1 × PC Card slot for 1 Type II card
Wireless communication Compliancy : Wi-Fi®
Network Support : 802.11b/g integrated
Wireless Technology : Wireless LAN
Wired communication topology : Ethernet LAN
speed : 10/100 Base-TX
topology : international V.90 modem (V.92 ready)
speed : 56 Kbps data and V.92 data fax
Sound system supported audio format : 16-bit stereo
supported sound standards : MIDI support
speakers : built-in stereo speakers
Keyboard keys : 85
Windows keys : 2
number of cursor keys : 4
inlaid numeric keypad : yes
Hot Keys : 17
Pointing device type : Touch Pad
Battery technology : lithium-ion
maximum life : up to 1:30 (Mobile Mark™) hours
AC adaptor input voltage : autosensing AC adapter (100/240 V) for worldwide usage
output voltage : 19 V
output current : 3.42 A
Physical dimensions W x D x H : 332 x 270 x 28,5 (front) / 36,6 (back) mm
weight : 2.70 kg
Warranty 1-year international warranty. Upgrade your standard warranty with Toshiba warranty extension, uplift and all-risks insurance packs.
Bundled hardware AC adaptor
Bundled software ConfigFree™
Microsoft® Office OneNote ™ 2003
Microsoft Works® 8.0
on-line user's and modem manual
Toshiba utilities and drivers
Norton Internet Security™ 2005 (90-Day Free Trial Version)
Security features main memory (by screw)
BIOS password
slot for Kensington Cable Lock
system password security
keyboard lock
Special features Multimedia Bar with 4 Easy Keys (forward, Rewind,Play/Pause, Stop)
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Hi Mark,

For the activities that you're describing (Music, VoIP and I'd imagine web, email, etc) the upgrade to 1GB ram with a 1.4Ghz processor will do fine. It's a well known fact that upgrading your systems memory is the single cheapest and most effective way to boost a computers responsiveness and speed.

You mentioned that your system is slow; memory will have a lot to do with this but so will things like using a bloated anti-virus package and having lots of background/un-necessary programs installed. To really freshen up your sytem get the new memory modules but also thoroughly go through your computer and remove old or un-necessary programs that can free up system resources to make things go a lot smoother in general.

Also, if you're using an anti-virus package like Norton, McAfee or Nod32 you may want to consider swapping to a better, free and slimmer anti-virus package such as Microsoft Security Essentials that will use up less of your computers resources and again make your system run smoother all around.

Any questions, fire away. I will check back @this thread.

Original Poster

Many thanks for this - to be honest I'm not using any anti virus at the moment for the simple reason that it makes the running almost stop dead as it uses all the memoryor so it seems. I gave up on uninstalling programs again as it was so labouriously slow.

I think the best course of action is to do the upgrade then strip put the redundant programs whe. It the laptop is running faster to be able to do this.

Again thanks very much for your advice, off I tootle to eBay for some ramage.

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