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Dell Dimension 3000 + Pentium 2.8 and 256RAM

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Anonymous
August 9, 2005 8:03:07 PM

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Hi, have just got one of these and thought it would be much quicker
than it is. Just running Windows it doesn't seem much better than my
1.2Ghz Athlon with 512Mb.

Any ideas? No new software's been installed and it'll only be used for
basic Internet browsing but it just seems way too slow.

Thanks, Ed.
Anonymous
August 10, 2005 4:14:10 AM

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"Ed_Zep" <ed_zep@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
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> Hi, have just got one of these and thought it would be much quicker
> than it is. Just running Windows it doesn't seem much better than my
> 1.2Ghz Athlon with 512Mb.
>
> Any ideas? No new software's been installed and it'll only be used for
> basic Internet browsing but it just seems way too slow.
>
> Thanks, Ed.
>

The Dimension 3000 uses Shared memory, so not all of the 256MB is available
for the OS and applications. You desparately need more memory.

Tom
Anonymous
August 10, 2005 4:29:12 AM

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Upgrade to 512MB for an apples vs. apples comparison. Windows XP cannot run
adequately in 256MB, regardless of Microsoft's hype. I sell a lot of memory
upgrades locally... Ben Myers

On 9 Aug 2005 16:03:07 -0700, "Ed_Zep" <ed_zep@ntlworld.com> wrote:

>Hi, have just got one of these and thought it would be much quicker
>than it is. Just running Windows it doesn't seem much better than my
>1.2Ghz Athlon with 512Mb.
>
>Any ideas? No new software's been installed and it'll only be used for
>basic Internet browsing but it just seems way too slow.
>
>Thanks, Ed.
>
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Anonymous
August 10, 2005 4:29:13 AM

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<ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net (Ben Myers)> wrote in message
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> Upgrade to 512MB for an apples vs. apples comparison. Windows XP cannot
> run
> adequately in 256MB, regardless of Microsoft's hype. I sell a lot of
> memory
> upgrades locally... Ben Myers
>


What Tom and Ben said. Plus, run 'msconfig' and turn off all the bravo
sierra, then go to My Computer / properties / advanced /performance and
select custom. Enable/check only the effects you want in the XP eye candy.
You'll be amazed at the difference in the system response.

AND, -lastly- if the machine has NIS on it (Norton Internet Security),
remove that POS from Add/Remove and then download AVG 7 free edition. There
are (4) entries in add/remove, so don't miss any.

That is all.

I'm looking at the *exact* system configuration you've got at this very
moment (except with 512mb of RAM), and it was still pig slow until I made
the adjustments above.


Stew
Anonymous
August 10, 2005 12:00:43 PM

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LOL!

I would imagine that an Athlon 1.4 with 1Gb of memory would slaughter
the above machine in the 'real world'...

To be truthful, Dell sell these base systems to idiots... the 2.8GHz
gets the punters in but in reality, the memory does the real work.

T.
Anonymous
August 10, 2005 1:11:10 PM

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Memory is clearly the best investment anyone can make on any system
running XP.

PC manufacturers should be pushing for more memory rather than pure CPU
in new machine purchases.

I found 256Mb bad back in 2001 when XP was released.

Even as little as 768Mb (ie. a cheap 512Mb upgrade) makes for a much
smoother XP experience.

My personal machine is not fast... I run an Athlon XP-M at 2,400Mhz but
I think the 1.5Gb of DDR lets XP really fly.

T.
Anonymous
August 10, 2005 2:24:53 PM

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<tlai909@visto.com> wrote in message
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> LOL!
>
> I would imagine that an Athlon 1.4 with 1Gb of memory would slaughter
> the above machine in the 'real world'...
>
> To be truthful, Dell sell these base systems to idiots... the 2.8GHz
> gets the punters in but in reality, the memory does the real work.
>
> T.
>


I wouldn't disagree with that. I've seen some older OEM Athlons that were
exceedingly quick/crisp with what I thought were less than ideal RAM.

If I built today (ie-for gamiing), I'd almost surely build an AMD64 system
around an N-Force chipset, or I'd fall back to a 478-pin Intel 875....


Stew
!