Over the past few months i've been helping an elderly friend who bought a laptop. Now that i've had time to compare his with my own (bought at the same time, from same retailer, and for roughly the same price tho his may have been a little cheaper than mine)I notice that the specs are totally different. Mine is an Acer Aspire 1310. It has an AMD Athlon XP2000+; 663 Mhz; and 224 Mb Ram. His is a Compaq Evo N1015v. It has a Mobile AMD Athlon XP1700+; 524 Mhz; and 112 Mb Ram (tho the Compaq diagnostics info says 128 Mb ram) Both OSs are Windows XP. I have MS Office installed; he has MS Works ( and also he has MS Money and MS Autoroute). He also has Norton AV; I use AVG; his usage is chiefly for email. When I timed the complete scan by Norton it was 37 minutes which gives you some idea of the speed (or lack of it).The differences in speed are enormous. What I would like some advice on is which of the various details I've listed is most affecting speed on my friend's computer? Would more RAM improve things? or is there anything else that would do it?
Stuartli, would those graphics be in Autoroute?, or in Money? There's nothing else that I can see that would fit graphics "hunger". He used to have an Encyclopaedia installed as well and I deleted that, but it didn't appreciably improve speed.
Yes, my first thought was the memory. Right clicking on My Computer>Properties brings up 112 Mb. But Compaq "Diagnostics " says 128. Even so that seems a bare minimum. Can anyone advise whether installing extra Ram would cure the problem? I don't want him to go to the expense of extra Ram if it won't make a real difference.