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Why does my computer still slow down even after adding more memory?

Posted By : Jacqueline of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 17, 2001

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Hi... I am running a Quantex 333 P2. I recently upgraded my ram to 128 from 64 because my computer was locking up. I now go on the internet, and I feel like I still get 3 sec. freezes and other slowdowns. I don't know what the problem is, as I have ran Norton SystemWorks 2001 many times. Please tell me what I can do to help fix this.

Thank You


This question was answered on April 17, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Have you checked your computer for performance? Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, System When the System dialogue box appears, click on the Performance tab Check and see the amount of memory the computer is detecting and the percentage free If the amount is lower than the amount you installed, you may have bought bad RAM If the resources are low, you may need more memory depending on the applications that you use

You may want to check your hard drive to see how much is available If the hard drive is getting full, you may need to upgrade with a larger hard drive

If your hard drive is getting full, you may want to move your Swap file to another drive by clicking Start, Control Panel, System This can speed up your computer also.

One other place to check is whether you partitioned your hard drives The operating system will be able to find its files better on a hard drive that is partitioned If you decide to partition your hard drive, make sure you backup any needed files, since your hard drive will be erased

Another problem can exist with your background programs running If you are not using them, close them to see if this helps

I hope these suggestions are of use If you have any more problems, please feel free to write in again Good Luck.

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Posted by Jacqueline of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 17, 2001

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