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Memory and processor speed make a computer run quick


As a novice to the inner workings of computers, I asked a friend why my computer was so slow. He found that I have 32 Mb of RAM, and said that I should buy some more. So, before I head out to my favorite electronics store to buy more RAM, what do I need to know? And also, I noticed on the Computer Problems site a lot of mentions of bus speed. What is bus speed and where can I find mine? Thank you for your time.



This question was answered on September 5, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hi Shane,

Your buddy might be right about the ram whether you have windows 98, 2000, or whatever computers love memory and processor speed.If you ever plan to dual boot on your computer (two os's running on your machine) you will need more memory Chances are if your computer is pretty new you will have one or two DIMM memory modules.Please bring your computer documentation book with you to the store and show it to a tech and he or she should be able to help you get the right memory.if you have more than one memory stick inside your computer you might have SIMMS DIMMS are bigger than the SIMM modules Also you have to decide whether you want your memory to have parity or non parity parity checks for errors.again, consult with your documentation book and it should tell you what kind of memory you have and what kind of memory to buy.

In regards to your bus question, the bus is responsible for transmitting the data inside your computer You have PCI, EISA and ISA

Buses The shorter buses represent the PCI buses and the longer ones are ISA or EISA A PCI bus can transmit data at 32 or 64 megabytes per sec.The isa can transmit 16 megabytes per second and the EISA bus can transmit anywhere between 16 to 32 megabytes per second Your PCI and ISA buses are generally located on the side of your motherboard

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Posted by Dan of Mesa Community College on September 5, 2002