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not the normal slow PC question, becomes unusable quickly


bumpkin
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Hi all, I have an old Sony Vaio, P4 2.8 XPhome. Used primarily as a monitor for CCTV. Worked fine for years. I also use it as a back up PC and my daughter has recently been using it for normal things, web browsing, banking, facebook etc. About a month back it started to become noticeably slow. Now from bootup it will take 1 to 2hrs before it becomes unusable, reboot and it is fine again for a few hrs. Tried everything I could think of including another Hdd with a new instal of XP Pro, still the same problem. memory a bit on the small side at 512 but I would have thought that was enough for what is required. Also has the same problem if I take the CCTV out of the equation. Has to be hardware in my opinion but need help please.

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bumpkin

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Thanks to both. Will these do, assuming that they work, I only had a few minutes to bid so took a chance.

4 x 512Mb DDR RAM Memory Modules, PC 2700 & PC3200

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Secret-Squirrel

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"Will these do,.........4 x 512Mb DDR RAM Memory Modules, PC 2700 & PC3200"

That's no where near enough info to tell whether they're compatible or not. Because they're a mixture of two different speeds, the PC will operate at the slowest (PC2700) speed (that's if they work at all).

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bumpkin

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As I said I took a chance. Bought them before I had your further advice or I would have got the ones you recommended from crucial. No rush so I will see what turns up, no great loss anyway so worth a try I thought. I will post the outcome when I get them. Once again many thanks for your help and advice.

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bumpkin

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Secret-Squirrel and rdave13, sometimes postings can be misinterpreted. Both of you have been very helpful. It is only the fact that I had already bought the other ones so may as well try them. I was not disregarding your valid suggestions. Just posting this to clarify.

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Secret-Squirrel

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No worries Bumpkin.

When I posted those Crucial tips I wasn't certain whether you'd ordered the RAM from eBay. If it does the job then it'll be the bargain of the century :)

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bumpkin

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Hi again, I now have the memory cards. A mixed bag as you thought Secret-Squirrel. They all seem to work though so including my original 2 I now have 6. Can you advise on the best combination for speed please.

2x 256 400M 3200 2X 512 333M 2700 2X 512 400M 3200

thanks

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Secret-Squirrel

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Hi Bumpkin

I think the optimum configuration would be to keep the original 256MB PC3200 modules and add the two 512MB PC3200 ones giving you 1.5GB of faster RAM.

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bumpkin

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That was my opinion too, 1.5GB of memory is plenty my purposes, the speed being more important than capacity. I put the cards in earlier and the difference is amazing, so quick now, a pleasure to use. Looks like I got lucky for once.

Again thank you very much for your help and will close now if the tick works.

Ray

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rdave13

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Just my opinion this. For speed (read/write) then Secret Squirrel is right. Try out how it works. See if the improvement is better by a decent margin.

For work load I would also try using the four 512 MB sticks in the paired sockets running at the lower speed. You will either have colour coded ram slots or need to see your mobo's manual for info on pairing the ram.

Nothing stopping you trying out both suggestions.

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Must remember to refresh.

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