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Just got it slow

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February 7, 2013 8:00:38 PM

Hey everyone I just purchased a used pc from my friend and its so slow anyone know what I can do to it to make it faster its a dell

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February 7, 2013 8:13:42 PM


Going to need the following:

1) Dell Model #
2) System Form Factor (Tower, Mid-Tower, Desktop, Small Form Factor, etc)
3) Detailed system specifications to include power supply wattage.

-Wolf sends
February 7, 2013 8:15:19 PM

It's a desktop the rest idk I'm not home atm but when I get home l post it but everything is stock on ot
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February 7, 2013 8:21:50 PM

Ok. We're also going to need to know in what way is it slow. What programs are you using that you're noticing it's running slow.

-Wolf sends
February 7, 2013 8:28:00 PM

Ok the pc as almost nothing on it but a antivirus and ccleaner it runs slow as in when I click on a program it will take a long time to open same when trying to open a program or computer properties
February 7, 2013 8:31:19 PM

We can't really help you until we know the specs of the system.
February 7, 2013 8:44:12 PM

I'll post them when I whet home I'm running windows xp btw
February 7, 2013 10:11:05 PM

Just got home its a Dell desktop 1.60 GHz 256 ram is Wat it says
February 7, 2013 10:14:06 PM

That computer is very old and anything modern won't really run on it at all. Hopefully you didn't pay more than $30 for it. Sorry man.
February 7, 2013 10:17:09 PM

As I said:

1) Dell Model #
2) System Form Factor (Tower, Mid-Tower, Desktop, Small Form Factor, etc)
3) Detailed system specifications to include power supply wattage.

I suspect Tiny Voices is correct and that there isn't much to do with it, but without the above information, we cannot say for sure.

-Wolf sends
February 7, 2013 10:19:46 PM

I payed 50 thinking I can speed it up a bit and idk were to find that info wolf
February 7, 2013 10:21:06 PM

Right click my computer and click properties. Tell us all the info there. I think that was a thing in xp still.
February 7, 2013 10:28:50 PM

Ok it says Microsoft windows xp professional then says premium r 4 CPU 1.6ghz 1.59ghz 256mb of ram is what it says
February 7, 2013 10:29:03 PM

1) Since you're running Windows XP, Right-Click on the My Computer icon and select properties. In the lower section of the pop-up window, it should state the model number. For instance, on my Dell laptop, it says "Dell Inspiron I6400"

2) You already told us it's a desktop form factor (thanks!)

3) Since it's a Dell, you can go to Dell Support, enter the service tag (which should be located somewhere on your computer case) and pull up the specs from there. If you're not sure what we need, enter the service tag # here. It should be seven random characters like "3TC40C1"

-Wolf sends
February 7, 2013 10:30:53 PM

This computer is too old to really do anything with. You would be better off dumping i and building something new. The cost of things like old RAM and stuff its just not really an option.
February 7, 2013 10:33:54 PM

It doesn't show model wolf do u happen to have team viewer so u can check it out?
February 7, 2013 10:47:49 PM

I can't even change tho is because when I go in bios it says cd Rom not installed and hardrive not installed?
February 7, 2013 10:51:32 PM

This thing sounds like a lost cause.
February 7, 2013 10:54:14 PM

Somewhere on the case it should state the model number or at the very least, there should be a sticker with a service tag id. Find that and we may be able to help.

-Wolf sends
February 7, 2013 10:54:35 PM

I ment os
February 7, 2013 10:56:28 PM

Says model no dhm
February 7, 2013 10:57:18 PM

Also serial no 7m1kc11
February 7, 2013 11:09:25 PM

Is that the right thing or no?
February 7, 2013 11:11:30 PM

That's what we needed! Thanks!

Unfortunately, based on the service tag # of "7M1KC11", it reports back as a Dell Optiplex GX240

This confirms Tiny Voices suspicions that it's too old to do anything with (I thought it may have been an Optiplex 745).

While you could up the RAM to it's maximum of 1GB, it's really not cost effective to do so. Newegg doesn't even carry RAM that old anymore.

-Wolf sends
February 7, 2013 11:17:37 PM

So practically its a worthles pc?
February 7, 2013 11:56:47 PM

If you're looking to do more than E-mail and web surfing or network area storage, then yes. It's a worthless PC. Otherwise, max out the system memory to 1GB and you'll definitely see a performance improvement.

If I read your system specs correctly, then two of these RAM modules should work for you and speed up your system.

-Wolf sends

Edit: At $30, I really don't see that as being too much of a financial investment for a web-surfer/e-mail system. If you're wanting to do anything more with this system, don't bother.
February 8, 2013 12:19:08 AM

Yup all I want it for is to surf the web watch some YouTube videos but its really slow takes ages to open internet explorer
February 8, 2013 2:46:38 AM

You probably won't be watching any 1080p you tube videos with this, but with 1gb RAM it should be ok for light use. You can always reinstall windows xp for a fresh start.
February 8, 2013 2:51:53 AM

How can I reinstall it because I got a ubuntu cd but it does read it also with a bootable USB and in bios under boot sequesnce cd Rom says not installed same with hardrive

Edit doesn't read it