Norton has recommended I increase my RAM memory My computer has a Athlon(tm)Processer 2800+ 1.8GHz 512 MB of RAM (this is 2 @ 256) Is this a practical possibility for a person with very limited experience to undertake or should I leave to the professionals. Also what would be a suitable size for my set up. J
I am not surprised Norton is a totally bloated piece of software that will slow down any compute. Google Crucial and run their program that will tell you what you need and likely benefits. XP will run OK on 512mb but 1gb will be better. It is likely that you only have 2 slots so the memory that you have will be redundant should you upgrade. Old memory that you have is much more expensive than current memory and frankly ditching Norton and using a free program such as Avast or AVG would probably speed up your computer
All good tips from the guys above..I know that your original query was about memory ...but I must totally agree with the issues regarding Norton .It is a well respected A/V ..but the way it "hooks " deep into the registry and the sheer "bloat "that it carries is a "prime mover" in slowing down a computer (even with a decent memory levels)!! The memory tools that Crucial and other memory suppliers use.. will suggest the correct type for your motherboard..Buy the most RAM that your board will support as memory prices are a fluctuating commodity and prices are good at present! If you shift Norton ..and add RAM! ..You will certainly see a difference!!
Have to agree with tullie, Norton 360 v3 (free as I was on the beta test) does not slow your PC and unobtrusively goes about it's business without in any way slowing, or interfering with, other programs.
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