Dell 4500 Running Very Slow After Upgrade tp SP2

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We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC is
very very slow.
The 4500 was no ball of fire before SP2, but it was usable. Also, I
remeber there are some
fixes for the SP2. Please recommend what I can do to speed up this system.

Mike
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    In article <r5eve.1038$4M1.991@trnddc07>, wxyz09@yahoo.com says...

    > We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC is
    > very very slow.
    > The 4500 was no ball of fire before SP2, but it was usable. Also, I
    > remeber there are some
    > fixes for the SP2. Please recommend what I can do to speed up this system.

    (1) Upgrade your RAM to at least 512MB. 1GB would be even better.
    Remember that Microsoft OS's tend to be bloated hogs when it comes to
    memory usage, and X(tra)P(ain) is no exception.

    (2) Dump XP and drop back to Windows 2000 Pro. Failing that,
    FreeBSD should go like blazes on a system like that, even in 256MB.

    Happy tweaking.


    --
    Dr. Anton T. Squeegee, Director, Dutch Surrealist Plumbing Institute.
    (Known to some as Bruce Lane, ARS KC7GR,
    kyrrin (a/t) bluefeathertech[d=o=t]calm -- www.bluefeathertech.com
    "If Salvador Dali had owned a computer, would it have been equipped
    with surreal ports?"
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC is
    >very very slow.

    256M isn't a lot of memory, but you can check a couple of things
    first:

    Use perfmon or task manager to see how much free memory you have
    and/or what processes are taking up your memory and/or CPU cycles.

    Use Mike Lin's fine Startup.cpl to remove things you don't need to
    start when the system starts.

    If you can borrow another 256M of memory, try it.
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Mike,
    In addition in adding more memory as William has posted, especially if you
    use onboard graphics, instead of a separate video card. You should, if you
    haven't already done in the past, run an adware detector/removal program on
    your PC. It has been reported when SP2 was first introduced, that if there
    was any malware on your XP SP1 PC, performance was not good, but barely
    passable. But with SP2 installed, performance really went down.

    The following should be done to help out.
    1. Run Antivirus and anti-spyware programs on your PC. I use the following
    free programs for spyware:
    a. Ad-Aware (free): http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    b. Spybot: S&D (free):
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
    c. MS AntiSpyware (free):
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

    2. Clear TIF folder, and possibly the Cookie folder.
    In IE> TOOLS> internet Options> General tab> Delete Files button> Select
    Include Offline Content> OK.
    Consider Clearing Cookies, you will need to reload them when visiting sites.
    This may cause a delay the first time you visit the site, but after that you
    should be fine. You will probably need to reenter ID/Password info on the
    site.

    3. If you go to sites that use Java, consider clearing the Java Cache
    folder. If Sun's Java is installed:
    Control Panel> Java> General tab> Delete Files button> OK.

    4. Check if there is any upgrades for drivers for any hardware on or
    attached to your PC, or any software upgrades, especially security programs,
    such as Norton or McAfee. Again some manufactures had to create patches for
    their products after the SP2 upgrade.

    --

    Rich/rerat

    (RRR News) <message rule>
    <<Previous Text Snipped to Save Bandwidth When Appropriate>>


    <William P. N. Smith> wrote in message
    news:pk1rb19a8it9m5tg3pi089ls6q1n74rkef@4ax.com...
    "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC is
    >very very slow.

    256M isn't a lot of memory, but you can check a couple of things
    first:

    Use perfmon or task manager to see how much free memory you have
    and/or what processes are taking up your memory and/or CPU cycles.

    Use Mike Lin's fine Startup.cpl to remove things you don't need to
    start when the system starts.

    If you can borrow another 256M of memory, try it.
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Do a disk cleanup. After that, go to the %temp% folder and delete all the
    sludge accumulated there, and empty the recycle bin, of course. Disk cleanup
    does not remove all the junk files left behind by all the software running under
    Windows.

    Yes! Upgrade to at least 512MB... Ben Myers

    On Sat, 25 Jun 2005 14:44:39 GMT, "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:

    >We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC is
    >very very slow.
    >The 4500 was no ball of fire before SP2, but it was usable. Also, I
    >remeber there are some
    >fixes for the SP2. Please recommend what I can do to speed up this system.
    >
    >Mike
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Ben Myers wrote:
    >
    > Do a disk cleanup. After that, go to the %temp% folder and delete all the
    > sludge accumulated there, and empty the recycle bin, of course. Disk cleanup
    > does not remove all the junk files left behind by all the software running under
    > Windows.

    When cleaning the temp folder, it's always advisable to discard *only*
    those files which are timed/dated prior to your current session.

    Notan
  6. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Yes, I've got the RAM. It's a 4550.

    Mike

    <William P. N. Smith> wrote in message
    news:pk1rb19a8it9m5tg3pi089ls6q1n74rkef@4ax.com...
    > "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >>We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC is
    >>very very slow.
    >
    > 256M isn't a lot of memory, but you can check a couple of things
    > first:
    >
    > Use perfmon or task manager to see how much free memory you have
    > and/or what processes are taking up your memory and/or CPU cycles.
    >
    > Use Mike Lin's fine Startup.cpl to remove things you don't need to
    > start when the system starts.
    >
    > If you can borrow another 256M of memory, try it.
    >
  7. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Richard - yes, that's it. I forgot..
    I don't believe he ran anti spyware softwarte before installing the updaTE.
    eVERYtime I'm over there I run antispyware. Had already installed MS
    antispyware, spybot and ad aware.

    Mike

    "RRR_News" <nospam@isp.com> wrote in message
    news:X7OdnQDY2YKgAiDfRVn-tA@comcast.com...
    > Mike,
    > In addition in adding more memory as William has posted, especially if you
    > use onboard graphics, instead of a separate video card. You should, if you
    > haven't already done in the past, run an adware detector/removal program
    > on
    > your PC. It has been reported when SP2 was first introduced, that if there
    > was any malware on your XP SP1 PC, performance was not good, but barely
    > passable. But with SP2 installed, performance really went down.
    >
    > The following should be done to help out.
    > 1. Run Antivirus and anti-spyware programs on your PC. I use the following
    > free programs for spyware:
    > a. Ad-Aware (free): http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    > b. Spybot: S&D (free):
    > http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
    > c. MS AntiSpyware (free):
    > http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
    >
    > 2. Clear TIF folder, and possibly the Cookie folder.
    > In IE> TOOLS> internet Options> General tab> Delete Files button> Select
    > Include Offline Content> OK.
    > Consider Clearing Cookies, you will need to reload them when visiting
    > sites.
    > This may cause a delay the first time you visit the site, but after that
    > you
    > should be fine. You will probably need to reenter ID/Password info on the
    > site.
    >
    > 3. If you go to sites that use Java, consider clearing the Java Cache
    > folder. If Sun's Java is installed:
    > Control Panel> Java> General tab> Delete Files button> OK.
    >
    > 4. Check if there is any upgrades for drivers for any hardware on or
    > attached to your PC, or any software upgrades, especially security
    > programs,
    > such as Norton or McAfee. Again some manufactures had to create patches
    > for
    > their products after the SP2 upgrade.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Rich/rerat
    >
    > (RRR News) <message rule>
    > <<Previous Text Snipped to Save Bandwidth When Appropriate>>
    >
    >
    >
    > <William P. N. Smith> wrote in message
    > news:pk1rb19a8it9m5tg3pi089ls6q1n74rkef@4ax.com...
    > "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >>We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC is
    >>very very slow.
    >
    > 256M isn't a lot of memory, but you can check a couple of things
    > first:
    >
    > Use perfmon or task manager to see how much free memory you have
    > and/or what processes are taking up your memory and/or CPU cycles.
    >
    > Use Mike Lin's fine Startup.cpl to remove things you don't need to
    > start when the system starts.
    >
    > If you can borrow another 256M of memory, try it.
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Will do and plan to upgrade to 512MB.

    Mike

    <ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net (Ben Myers)> wrote in message
    news:42bd9580.10670868@nntp.charter.net...
    > Do a disk cleanup. After that, go to the %temp% folder and delete all the
    > sludge accumulated there, and empty the recycle bin, of course. Disk
    > cleanup
    > does not remove all the junk files left behind by all the software running
    > under
    > Windows.
    >
    > Yes! Upgrade to at least 512MB... Ben Myers
    >
    > On Sat, 25 Jun 2005 14:44:39 GMT, "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >>We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC is
    >>very very slow.
    >>The 4500 was no ball of fire before SP2, but it was usable. Also, I
    >>remeber there are some
    >>fixes for the SP2. Please recommend what I can do to speed up this
    >>system.
    >>
    >>Mike
    >>
    >>
    >
  9. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    > Some yearsd ago, I had a batchh that would do that,
    > but periodically it would cause problems
    > so I dumped.

    Better yet, http://www.ccleaner.com

    The first time I ran it I cleared 60Mb of sh*te - and I thought I ran a
    fairly tight ship.

    --
    Please add "[newsgroup]" in the subject of any personal replies via email
    --- My new email address has "ngspamtrap" & @btinternet.com in it ;-) ---
  10. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    PC100?

    Mike


    <ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net (Ben Myers)> wrote in message
    news:42bd9580.10670868@nntp.charter.net...
    > Do a disk cleanup. After that, go to the %temp% folder and delete all the
    > sludge accumulated there, and empty the recycle bin, of course. Disk
    > cleanup
    > does not remove all the junk files left behind by all the software running
    > under
    > Windows.
    >
    > Yes! Upgrade to at least 512MB... Ben Myers
    >
    > On Sat, 25 Jun 2005 14:44:39 GMT, "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >>We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC is
    >>very very slow.
    >>The 4500 was no ball of fire before SP2, but it was usable. Also, I
    >>remeber there are some
    >>fixes for the SP2. Please recommend what I can do to speed up this
    >>system.
    >>
    >>Mike
    >>
    >>
    >
  11. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:%9lve.4580$dY1.106@trnddc06...
    > PC100?
    >
    > Mike
    >
    >


    256mb DDR SDRAM PC2700.

    www.crucial.com


    Stew
  12. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    I'll chjeck it out.

    Mike

    "Colin Wilson" <void@btinternet.com> wrote in message
    news:MPG.1d27c7d1fdb940ac98b1d4@news.individual.net...
    >> Some yearsd ago, I had a batchh that would do that,
    >> but periodically it would cause problems
    >> so I dumped.
    >
    > Better yet, http://www.ccleaner.com
    >
    > The first time I ran it I cleared 60Mb of sh*te - and I thought I ran a
    > fairly tight ship.
    >
    > --
    > Please add "[newsgroup]" in the subject of any personal replies via email
    > --- My new email address has "ngspamtrap" & @btinternet.com in it ;-) ---
  13. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    XP - SP2 will NOT work on ALL machines. I've had it mess up my machine
    twice! I've un-installed it
    and will NOT re-install it again. It is not an improvement, but on my
    machine it locks it up, and just overall
    malfunctions. No, I don't have spyware, trojan, worm ad-ware, etc.
    Housecleaning is done regularly.
    It is just that this machine does not run SP2, period. There are several
    people who have machines that
    SP2 will not run well or run at all on. BTW, as for the MS Updates...it's
    far better to not do an automatic
    update but rather a custom update whereby you can see what's being updated
    and determine whether or not
    it is somtheing you need. I just had problems with the latest update of
    Office 2003!

    Still using SP1 and without problems.


    "RRR_News" <nospam@isp.com> wrote in message
    news:X7OdnQDY2YKgAiDfRVn-tA@comcast.com...
    > Mike,
    > In addition in adding more memory as William has posted, especially if you
    > use onboard graphics, instead of a separate video card. You should, if you
    > haven't already done in the past, run an adware detector/removal program
    on
    > your PC. It has been reported when SP2 was first introduced, that if there
    > was any malware on your XP SP1 PC, performance was not good, but barely
    > passable. But with SP2 installed, performance really went down.
    >
    > The following should be done to help out.
    > 1. Run Antivirus and anti-spyware programs on your PC. I use the following
    > free programs for spyware:
    > a. Ad-Aware (free): http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    > b. Spybot: S&D (free):
    > http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
    > c. MS AntiSpyware (free):
    > http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
    >
    > 2. Clear TIF folder, and possibly the Cookie folder.
    > In IE> TOOLS> internet Options> General tab> Delete Files button> Select
    > Include Offline Content> OK.
    > Consider Clearing Cookies, you will need to reload them when visiting
    sites.
    > This may cause a delay the first time you visit the site, but after that
    you
    > should be fine. You will probably need to reenter ID/Password info on the
    > site.
    >
    > 3. If you go to sites that use Java, consider clearing the Java Cache
    > folder. If Sun's Java is installed:
    > Control Panel> Java> General tab> Delete Files button> OK.
    >
    > 4. Check if there is any upgrades for drivers for any hardware on or
    > attached to your PC, or any software upgrades, especially security
    programs,
    > such as Norton or McAfee. Again some manufactures had to create patches
    for
    > their products after the SP2 upgrade.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Rich/rerat
    >
    > (RRR News) <message rule>
    > <<Previous Text Snipped to Save Bandwidth When Appropriate>>
    >
    >
    >
    > <William P. N. Smith> wrote in message
    > news:pk1rb19a8it9m5tg3pi089ls6q1n74rkef@4ax.com...
    > "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > >We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC is
    > >very very slow.
    >
    > 256M isn't a lot of memory, but you can check a couple of things
    > first:
    >
    > Use perfmon or task manager to see how much free memory you have
    > and/or what processes are taking up your memory and/or CPU cycles.
    >
    > Use Mike Lin's fine Startup.cpl to remove things you don't need to
    > start when the system starts.
    >
    > If you can borrow another 256M of memory, try it.
    >
    >
  14. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    How many slot does the 4550 have?

    Mike'

    "S.Lewis" <stew1960@cover.bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    news:w%lve.2773$qm.316@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    >
    > "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:%9lve.4580$dY1.106@trnddc06...
    >> PC100?
    >>
    >> Mike
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    > 256mb DDR SDRAM PC2700.
    >
    > www.crucial.com
    >
    >
    > Stew
    >
  15. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Helen" <@abuse.roman.gov> wrote in message
    news:XErve.5412$qm.4335@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    > XP - SP2 will NOT work on ALL machines. I've had it mess up my machine
    > twice! I've un-installed it
    > and will NOT re-install it again. It is not an improvement, but on my
    > machine it locks it up, and just overall
    > malfunctions. No, I don't have spyware, trojan, worm ad-ware, etc.
    > Housecleaning is done regularly.
    > It is just that this machine does not run SP2, period. There are several
    > people who have machines that
    > SP2 will not run well or run at all on. BTW, as for the MS Updates...it's
    > far better to not do an automatic
    > update but rather a custom update whereby you can see what's being updated
    > and determine whether or not
    > it is somtheing you need. I just had problems with the latest update of
    > Office 2003!
    >
    > Still using SP1 and without problems.
    >
    >


    SP2 has worked fine on the couple of 4550's I've worked with. Of course,
    each machine has it's own hardware/software configuration variables so I
    don't doubt what you're saying.

    (Knock on wood) I've not had a Dell, HP, or Compaq yet that didn't accept
    SP2 - only two Gateway systems.


    Stew
  16. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:P5pve.3812$B82.3531@trnddc04...
    > How many slot does the 4550 have?
    >
    > Mike'
    >


    2 sockets. At least 1024mb total capacity ( 2 x 512mb ). The machine may
    support 2gb, but I'm not sure. www.support.dell.com has the documentation,
    as does www.crucial.com .

    This is not a dual-channel machine, but still a very solid and worth keeping
    for a while, imo. (I've got a 4500 and 4400 here right now, both running XP
    Home with 512mb )


    Stew
  17. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    But it works fine on a 4550.

    In answer to the other question, the 4550 has two slots, each limited to
    512MB for a total of 1GB, which is what mine is running.

    Tom

    "Helen" <@abuse.roman.gov> wrote in message
    news:XErve.5412$qm.4335@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    > XP - SP2 will NOT work on ALL machines. I've had it mess up my machine
    > twice! I've un-installed it
    > and will NOT re-install it again. It is not an improvement, but on my
    > machine it locks it up, and just overall
    > malfunctions. No, I don't have spyware, trojan, worm ad-ware, etc.
    > Housecleaning is done regularly.
    > It is just that this machine does not run SP2, period. There are several
    > people who have machines that
    > SP2 will not run well or run at all on. BTW, as for the MS Updates...it's
    > far better to not do an automatic
    > update but rather a custom update whereby you can see what's being updated
    > and determine whether or not
    > it is somtheing you need. I just had problems with the latest update of
    > Office 2003!
    >
    > Still using SP1 and without problems.
    >
    >
    > "RRR_News" <nospam@isp.com> wrote in message
    > news:X7OdnQDY2YKgAiDfRVn-tA@comcast.com...
    >> Mike,
    >> In addition in adding more memory as William has posted, especially if
    >> you
    >> use onboard graphics, instead of a separate video card. You should, if
    >> you
    >> haven't already done in the past, run an adware detector/removal program
    > on
    >> your PC. It has been reported when SP2 was first introduced, that if
    >> there
    >> was any malware on your XP SP1 PC, performance was not good, but barely
    >> passable. But with SP2 installed, performance really went down.
    >>
    >> The following should be done to help out.
    >> 1. Run Antivirus and anti-spyware programs on your PC. I use the
    >> following
    >> free programs for spyware:
    >> a. Ad-Aware (free): http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    >> b. Spybot: S&D (free):
    >> http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
    >> c. MS AntiSpyware (free):
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
    >>
    >> 2. Clear TIF folder, and possibly the Cookie folder.
    >> In IE> TOOLS> internet Options> General tab> Delete Files button> Select
    >> Include Offline Content> OK.
    >> Consider Clearing Cookies, you will need to reload them when visiting
    > sites.
    >> This may cause a delay the first time you visit the site, but after that
    > you
    >> should be fine. You will probably need to reenter ID/Password info on the
    >> site.
    >>
    >> 3. If you go to sites that use Java, consider clearing the Java Cache
    >> folder. If Sun's Java is installed:
    >> Control Panel> Java> General tab> Delete Files button> OK.
    >>
    >> 4. Check if there is any upgrades for drivers for any hardware on or
    >> attached to your PC, or any software upgrades, especially security
    > programs,
    >> such as Norton or McAfee. Again some manufactures had to create patches
    > for
    >> their products after the SP2 upgrade.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Rich/rerat
    >>
    >> (RRR News) <message rule>
    >> <<Previous Text Snipped to Save Bandwidth When Appropriate>>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> <William P. N. Smith> wrote in message
    >> news:pk1rb19a8it9m5tg3pi089ls6q1n74rkef@4ax.com...
    >> "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >> >We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC
    >> >is
    >> >very very slow.
    >>
    >> 256M isn't a lot of memory, but you can check a couple of things
    >> first:
    >>
    >> Use perfmon or task manager to see how much free memory you have
    >> and/or what processes are taking up your memory and/or CPU cycles.
    >>
    >> Use Mike Lin's fine Startup.cpl to remove things you don't need to
    >> start when the system starts.
    >>
    >> If you can borrow another 256M of memory, try it.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  18. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    I agree re: custom updates vs automatic updates.

    Mike]
    "Helen" <@abuse.roman.gov> wrote in message
    news:XErve.5412$qm.4335@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    > XP - SP2 will NOT work on ALL machines. I've had it mess up my machine
    > twice! I've un-installed it
    > and will NOT re-install it again. It is not an improvement, but on my
    > machine it locks it up, and just overall
    > malfunctions. No, I don't have spyware, trojan, worm ad-ware, etc.
    > Housecleaning is done regularly.
    > It is just that this machine does not run SP2, period. There are several
    > people who have machines that
    > SP2 will not run well or run at all on. BTW, as for the MS Updates...it's
    > far better to not do an automatic
    > update but rather a custom update whereby you can see what's being updated
    > and determine whether or not
    > it is somtheing you need. I just had problems with the latest update of
    > Office 2003!
    >
    > Still using SP1 and without problems.
    >
    >
    > "RRR_News" <nospam@isp.com> wrote in message
    > news:X7OdnQDY2YKgAiDfRVn-tA@comcast.com...
    >> Mike,
    >> In addition in adding more memory as William has posted, especially if
    >> you
    >> use onboard graphics, instead of a separate video card. You should, if
    >> you
    >> haven't already done in the past, run an adware detector/removal program
    > on
    >> your PC. It has been reported when SP2 was first introduced, that if
    >> there
    >> was any malware on your XP SP1 PC, performance was not good, but barely
    >> passable. But with SP2 installed, performance really went down.
    >>
    >> The following should be done to help out.
    >> 1. Run Antivirus and anti-spyware programs on your PC. I use the
    >> following
    >> free programs for spyware:
    >> a. Ad-Aware (free): http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    >> b. Spybot: S&D (free):
    >> http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
    >> c. MS AntiSpyware (free):
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
    >>
    >> 2. Clear TIF folder, and possibly the Cookie folder.
    >> In IE> TOOLS> internet Options> General tab> Delete Files button> Select
    >> Include Offline Content> OK.
    >> Consider Clearing Cookies, you will need to reload them when visiting
    > sites.
    >> This may cause a delay the first time you visit the site, but after that
    > you
    >> should be fine. You will probably need to reenter ID/Password info on the
    >> site.
    >>
    >> 3. If you go to sites that use Java, consider clearing the Java Cache
    >> folder. If Sun's Java is installed:
    >> Control Panel> Java> General tab> Delete Files button> OK.
    >>
    >> 4. Check if there is any upgrades for drivers for any hardware on or
    >> attached to your PC, or any software upgrades, especially security
    > programs,
    >> such as Norton or McAfee. Again some manufactures had to create patches
    > for
    >> their products after the SP2 upgrade.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Rich/rerat
    >>
    >> (RRR News) <message rule>
    >> <<Previous Text Snipped to Save Bandwidth When Appropriate>>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> <William P. N. Smith> wrote in message
    >> news:pk1rb19a8it9m5tg3pi089ls6q1n74rkef@4ax.com...
    >> "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >> >We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC
    >> >is
    >> >very very slow.
    >>
    >> 256M isn't a lot of memory, but you can check a couple of things
    >> first:
    >>
    >> Use perfmon or task manager to see how much free memory you have
    >> and/or what processes are taking up your memory and/or CPU cycles.
    >>
    >> Use Mike Lin's fine Startup.cpl to remove things you don't need to
    >> start when the system starts.
    >>
    >> If you can borrow another 256M of memory, try it.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  19. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Thgat's what I needed to know.

    Mikee

    "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    news:e4uve.164645$IO.141970@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    > But it works fine on a 4550.
    >
    > In answer to the other question, the 4550 has two slots, each limited to
    > 512MB for a total of 1GB, which is what mine is running.
    >
    > Tom
    >
    > "Helen" <@abuse.roman.gov> wrote in message
    > news:XErve.5412$qm.4335@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    >> XP - SP2 will NOT work on ALL machines. I've had it mess up my machine
    >> twice! I've un-installed it
    >> and will NOT re-install it again. It is not an improvement, but on my
    >> machine it locks it up, and just overall
    >> malfunctions. No, I don't have spyware, trojan, worm ad-ware, etc.
    >> Housecleaning is done regularly.
    >> It is just that this machine does not run SP2, period. There are
    >> several
    >> people who have machines that
    >> SP2 will not run well or run at all on. BTW, as for the MS
    >> Updates...it's
    >> far better to not do an automatic
    >> update but rather a custom update whereby you can see what's being
    >> updated
    >> and determine whether or not
    >> it is somtheing you need. I just had problems with the latest update of
    >> Office 2003!
    >>
    >> Still using SP1 and without problems.
    >>
    >>
    >> "RRR_News" <nospam@isp.com> wrote in message
    >> news:X7OdnQDY2YKgAiDfRVn-tA@comcast.com...
    >>> Mike,
    >>> In addition in adding more memory as William has posted, especially if
    >>> you
    >>> use onboard graphics, instead of a separate video card. You should, if
    >>> you
    >>> haven't already done in the past, run an adware detector/removal program
    >> on
    >>> your PC. It has been reported when SP2 was first introduced, that if
    >>> there
    >>> was any malware on your XP SP1 PC, performance was not good, but barely
    >>> passable. But with SP2 installed, performance really went down.
    >>>
    >>> The following should be done to help out.
    >>> 1. Run Antivirus and anti-spyware programs on your PC. I use the
    >>> following
    >>> free programs for spyware:
    >>> a. Ad-Aware (free): http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    >>> b. Spybot: S&D (free):
    >>> http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
    >>> c. MS AntiSpyware (free):
    >>> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
    >>>
    >>> 2. Clear TIF folder, and possibly the Cookie folder.
    >>> In IE> TOOLS> internet Options> General tab> Delete Files button> Select
    >>> Include Offline Content> OK.
    >>> Consider Clearing Cookies, you will need to reload them when visiting
    >> sites.
    >>> This may cause a delay the first time you visit the site, but after that
    >> you
    >>> should be fine. You will probably need to reenter ID/Password info on
    >>> the
    >>> site.
    >>>
    >>> 3. If you go to sites that use Java, consider clearing the Java Cache
    >>> folder. If Sun's Java is installed:
    >>> Control Panel> Java> General tab> Delete Files button> OK.
    >>>
    >>> 4. Check if there is any upgrades for drivers for any hardware on or
    >>> attached to your PC, or any software upgrades, especially security
    >> programs,
    >>> such as Norton or McAfee. Again some manufactures had to create patches
    >> for
    >>> their products after the SP2 upgrade.
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>>
    >>> Rich/rerat
    >>>
    >>> (RRR News) <message rule>
    >>> <<Previous Text Snipped to Save Bandwidth When Appropriate>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> <William P. N. Smith> wrote in message
    >>> news:pk1rb19a8it9m5tg3pi089ls6q1n74rkef@4ax.com...
    >>> "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >>> >We have a Dell 4500 256MB RAM, XP Home. After upgrading to SP2 the PC
    >>> >is
    >>> >very very slow.
    >>>
    >>> 256M isn't a lot of memory, but you can check a couple of things
    >>> first:
    >>>
    >>> Use perfmon or task manager to see how much free memory you have
    >>> and/or what processes are taking up your memory and/or CPU cycles.
    >>>
    >>> Use Mike Lin's fine Startup.cpl to remove things you don't need to
    >>> start when the system starts.
    >>>
    >>> If you can borrow another 256M of memory, try it.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  20. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    That's reassuring because I was ready to dump it.

    Mike

    "S.Lewis" <stew1960@cover.bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    news:uUvve.6998$qm.6972@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    >
    > "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:P5pve.3812$B82.3531@trnddc04...
    >> How many slot does the 4550 have?
    >>
    >> Mike'
    >>
    >
    >
    > 2 sockets. At least 1024mb total capacity ( 2 x 512mb ). The machine may
    > support 2gb, but I'm not sure. www.support.dell.com has the
    > documentation, as does www.crucial.com .
    >
    > This is not a dual-channel machine, but still a very solid and worth
    > keeping for a while, imo. (I've got a 4500 and 4400 here right now, both
    > running XP Home with 512mb )
    >
    >
    > Stew
    >
  21. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    To add to the other good responses ... The prefetch may be rebuilding
    itself after a significant upgrade ... Even if it's not, you can
    safely delete \windows\prefetch and then xp will rebuild all the
    entries which later on could speed up program startups.
  22. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Shoot, don't do that. My 4550 is still my primary machine. ATI 9800 Pro
    running dual LCD monitors -- one 19", one 21". 350GB storage. 1GB ram.
    Rock solid. Use it all day every day.

    Tom
    "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:jUDve.2888$Uc2.1207@trnddc03...
    > That's reassuring because I was ready to dump it.
    >
    > Mike
    >
    > "S.Lewis" <stew1960@cover.bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    > news:uUvve.6998$qm.6972@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    >>
    >> "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:P5pve.3812$B82.3531@trnddc04...
    >>> How many slot does the 4550 have?
    >>>
    >>> Mike'
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >> 2 sockets. At least 1024mb total capacity ( 2 x 512mb ). The machine
    >> may support 2gb, but I'm not sure. www.support.dell.com has the
    >> documentation, as does www.crucial.com .
    >>
    >> This is not a dual-channel machine, but still a very solid and worth
    >> keeping for a while, imo. (I've got a 4500 and 4400 here right now, both
    >> running XP Home with 512mb )
    >>
    >>
    >> Stew
    >>
    >
    >
  23. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Sounds good, but this one is usung onboard video.

    Mike

    "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    news:DTEve.186904$w15.102639@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    > Shoot, don't do that. My 4550 is still my primary machine. ATI 9800 Pro
    > running dual LCD monitors -- one 19", one 21". 350GB storage. 1GB ram.
    > Rock solid. Use it all day every day.
    >
    > Tom
    > "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:jUDve.2888$Uc2.1207@trnddc03...
    >> That's reassuring because I was ready to dump it.
    >>
    >> Mike
    >>
    >> "S.Lewis" <stew1960@cover.bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    >> news:uUvve.6998$qm.6972@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    >>>
    >>> "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:P5pve.3812$B82.3531@trnddc04...
    >>>> How many slot does the 4550 have?
    >>>>
    >>>> Mike'
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> 2 sockets. At least 1024mb total capacity ( 2 x 512mb ). The machine
    >>> may support 2gb, but I'm not sure. www.support.dell.com has the
    >>> documentation, as does www.crucial.com .
    >>>
    >>> This is not a dual-channel machine, but still a very solid and worth
    >>> keeping for a while, imo. (I've got a 4500 and 4400 here right now, both
    >>> running XP Home with 512mb )
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Stew
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  24. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:nP1we.382$Ku6.1@trnddc04...
    > Sounds good, but this one is usung onboard video.
    >
    > Mike
    >


    Ohhhhhh, this is a Dimension 4500-S ? <slimline>

    That's another animal almost entirely, though SP2 shouldn't rightly slow it
    to a crawl....


    Stew
  25. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Interesting, what's prefetch?

    Mike

    "Markeau" <please_reply@news.group> wrote in message
    news:AaOdnba4GrkxxyLfRVn-3Q@giganews.com...
    > To add to the other good responses ... The prefetch may be rebuilding
    > itself after a significant upgrade ... Even if it's not, you can safely
    > delete \windows\prefetch and then xp will rebuild all the entries which
    > later on could speed up program startups.
  26. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Ah, then it is not a 4550, since they never came with onboard video. What
    model is it?

    Tom
    "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:nP1we.382$Ku6.1@trnddc04...
    > Sounds good, but this one is usung onboard video.
    >
    > Mike
    >
    > "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    > news:DTEve.186904$w15.102639@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    >> Shoot, don't do that. My 4550 is still my primary machine. ATI 9800 Pro
    >> running dual LCD monitors -- one 19", one 21". 350GB storage. 1GB ram.
    >> Rock solid. Use it all day every day.
    >>
    >> Tom
    >> "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:jUDve.2888$Uc2.1207@trnddc03...
    >>> That's reassuring because I was ready to dump it.
    >>>
    >>> Mike
    >>>
    >>> "S.Lewis" <stew1960@cover.bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:uUvve.6998$qm.6972@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    >>>>
    >>>> "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:P5pve.3812$B82.3531@trnddc04...
    >>>>> How many slot does the 4550 have?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Mike'
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> 2 sockets. At least 1024mb total capacity ( 2 x 512mb ). The machine
    >>>> may support 2gb, but I'm not sure. www.support.dell.com has the
    >>>> documentation, as does www.crucial.com .
    >>>>
    >>>> This is not a dual-channel machine, but still a very solid and worth
    >>>> keeping for a while, imo. (I've got a 4500 and 4400 here right now,
    >>>> both running XP Home with 512mb )
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Stew
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  27. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    news:bX9we.187988$w15.111828@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    > Ah, then it is not a 4550, since they never came with onboard video. What
    > model is it?
    >
    > Tom


    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4500S/replace.htm#1101572


    Stew
  28. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    I don't believe it a 4500-S. Today, the owner ordered a 4700, 160GB HDD, 1G
    RAM, 19" LCD monitor, XP Media Edition, etc.

    Mike

    "S.Lewis" <stew1960@cover.bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    news:D92we.12451$gr.10794@bignews1.bellsouth.net...
    >
    > "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:nP1we.382$Ku6.1@trnddc04...
    >> Sounds good, but this one is usung onboard video.
    >>
    >> Mike
    >>
    >
    >
    > Ohhhhhh, this is a Dimension 4500-S ? <slimline>
    >
    > That's another animal almost entirely, though SP2 shouldn't rightly slow
    > it to a crawl....
    >
    >
    > Stew
    >
  29. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    think it's a 4500. I'll check.

    Mike

    "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    news:bX9we.187988$w15.111828@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    > Ah, then it is not a 4550, since they never came with onboard video. What
    > model is it?
    >
    > Tom
    > "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:nP1we.382$Ku6.1@trnddc04...
    >> Sounds good, but this one is usung onboard video.
    >>
    >> Mike
    >>
    >> "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    >> news:DTEve.186904$w15.102639@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    >>> Shoot, don't do that. My 4550 is still my primary machine. ATI 9800
    >>> Pro running dual LCD monitors -- one 19", one 21". 350GB storage. 1GB
    >>> ram. Rock solid. Use it all day every day.
    >>>
    >>> Tom
    >>> "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:jUDve.2888$Uc2.1207@trnddc03...
    >>>> That's reassuring because I was ready to dump it.
    >>>>
    >>>> Mike
    >>>>
    >>>> "S.Lewis" <stew1960@cover.bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:uUvve.6998$qm.6972@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:P5pve.3812$B82.3531@trnddc04...
    >>>>>> How many slot does the 4550 have?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Mike'
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> 2 sockets. At least 1024mb total capacity ( 2 x 512mb ). The machine
    >>>>> may support 2gb, but I'm not sure. www.support.dell.com has the
    >>>>> documentation, as does www.crucial.com .
    >>>>>
    >>>>> This is not a dual-channel machine, but still a very solid and worth
    >>>>> keeping for a while, imo. (I've got a 4500 and 4400 here right now,
    >>>>> both running XP Home with 512mb )
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Stew
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  30. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:QVlwe.4439$Ku6.1528@trnddc04...
    > think it's a 4500. I'll check.
    >
    > Mike
    >


    If it's a 4500 with integrated video, then it's an "S" model. Both the 4600
    models (mini-tower and "C" models) have integrated video......

    The 44XX/45XX/and 4550 mini-tower models don't have integrated display.


    Stew
  31. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    4600 is available with upgraded video. Mine has the 128Mb add on card from
    Dell (GeForce 5200).
    Andy

    "S.Lewis" <stew1960@cover.bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    news:ETmwe.1397$Tt.913@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
    >
    > "Mike" <wxyz09@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:QVlwe.4439$Ku6.1528@trnddc04...
    > > think it's a 4500. I'll check.
    > >
    > > Mike
    > >
    >
    >
    > If it's a 4500 with integrated video, then it's an "S" model. Both the
    4600
    > models (mini-tower and "C" models) have integrated video......
    >
    > The 44XX/45XX/and 4550 mini-tower models don't have integrated display.
    >
    >
    > Stew
    >
    >
  32. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    <texaseitz@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:zoowe.1546$cb6.1464@newssvr30.news.prodigy.com...
    > 4600 is available with upgraded video. Mine has the 128Mb add on card from
    > Dell (GeForce 5200).
    > Andy
    >


    That's not the matter in question. What is in question is what model the OP
    actually has.


    Stew
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