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It is a P4 1.6 Ghz

512 MB of ram

Onboard Video card

40 GB 5400 rpm IDE Hard Drive.

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It is a P4 1.6 Ghz

512 MB of ram

Onboard Video card

40 GB 5400 rpm IDE Hard Drive.

What price range are we talking?

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What price range are we talking?

 

For free.

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Use Windows 7 Starter. Even Home Premium work on there.

 

Or just use Linux :)

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Aside from replacing most of the guts (better processor/MB/etc), more memory for sure. 7 works with 512MB, but it'll be much happier with 2GB+. Gives it a lot more room to breathe. XP's a little better with 512 but any big application will still get it to go swap-happy. Kill off a few necessary services (indexing, etc) too, helps a bit. Just opening a browser will chew up most of that all by itself.
 

Or just use Linux :)

Depends on the desktop, a lot of the current ones tend to get rather sluggish with only 512MB too. Get a XFCE or something maybe but you're still under the gun for memory constraints once you start actually loading things.

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Install more ram. Seriously - it's not expensive.

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Install more ram. Seriously - it's not expensive.

 

The mobo only supports up to 1 GB of ram :(

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Depends on the desktop, a lot of the current ones tend to get rather sluggish with only 512MB too. Get a XFCE or something maybe but you're still under the gun for memory constraints once you start actually loading things.

 

I was thinking along the lines of Xubuntu or Lubuntu. ;)

 

Install more ram. Seriously - it's not expensive.

 

If it is DDR, yes, it is expensive, it is hard to get nowadays.

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I was thinking along the lines of Xubuntu or Lubuntu. ;)

 

 

If it is DDR, yes, it is expensive, it is hard to get nowadays.

 

 

It is actually SDRAM I believe but could be DDR can't remember.

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The mobo only supports up to 1 GB of ram :(

 

Well the minimum requirement for win 7, 32 bit, is 1 Gb.

 

But frankly I'd be happy to get rid of that P4 by upgrading the Pc .

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The mobo only supports up to 1 GB of ram :(

It'll still help quite a bit, it'll still be fairly tight for bigger applications but it won't slow to a crawl just opening Notepad either.

Windows or Linux, 512 is going to be tight after a desktop gets loaded. A browser alone can easily use a couple hundred megs to over a gig. Look at any office program or other desktop applications... 512 is gone in the blink of an eye unless you want to go with a barebones desktop, Lynx for a browser and Nano for your word processor. There is no magic bullet that you can install to make 512MB not suck with current software. Get more memory.

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Hello,

 

A few things you can do to improve the performance of the system:
 

  • Bring the RAM up to 1GB (check to see if 2GB is unofficially possible, though).
  • Upgrade the CPU.  I am guessing you have either a Socket 423 or 478 CPU, if this is a desktop.  You should be able to find slightly faster CPUs available on sites like eBay.
  • Replace the on-board video with a dedicated video graphics cards, either AGP or PCI.  This will not only improve video performance, but allow you to reclaim the shared RAM from the system that the onboard video card takes from system memory.
  • Install a faster HDD.  Western Digital still offers 7,200 RPM Ultra ATA-100 IDE drives.  You could even look into getting rid of the IDE drives entirely and going to SCSI drives.

All of these actions involve replacing hardware, which is going to cost some money.  Given the age of the system (2001-2002 vintage?) it may be better to simply save up for buying a new computer, though.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

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By the time he spendsall that money on drives, ram, etc, he could have bought a halfway decent used/refurb computer on ebay. Let's be real people, if you're going to run Win 7 fully patched with AV, Office, Java, Flash, and all the other "stuff", it's going to take a computer that's somewhat up to date within reason. I consider 4GB RAM and at least an i5 process a minimum for an end user to be "satisfied".

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By the time he spendsall that money on drives, ram, etc, he could have bought a halfway decent used/refurb computer on ebay. Let's be real people, if you're going to run Win 7 fully patched with AV, Office, Java, Flash, and all the other "stuff", it's going to take a computer that's somewhat up to date within reason. I consider 4GB RAM and at least an i5 process a minimum for an end user to be "satisfied".

 

nothing older then First generation Core 2 duo i would say

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You could use a USB stick for ReadyBoost, but I doubt It'll make a noticeable difference.

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just put this in your floppy drive

 

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My 2 cents:

Priorities for no hassle, minimal support approach:

  • Lubuntu
  • Add RAM as much as you can,And in this case, u may use Xubuntu

You can use a live CD/Flash drive to test b4 decision

 

This is a minimal support scenario.We take it for patients with extreme fatal illness with no hope of recovery.

I think you want this approach.

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turn off the aero, that'll help

(run a windows basic theme)

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Uninstall windows search, gadgets, and get rid of media center if it came with it. That would help a little without doing some hardware upgrades. I do agree to get a decent gpu that will help on that low memory 512 MB

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Try to be realistic here. With that hardware, you are never going to have breathing room in Windows 7. You will barely be able to run it. If it were me, I would throw Arch Linux or Gentoo on there with a tiling window manager like awesome/dwm or at the most, Openbox. Then again, once you put a browser on there and open a few tabs, say goodbye to the remaining RAM. Turn it in to an encrypted standard definition (because of the HD size) porn server.

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no possible for nothing. you're just better off getting a new PC. your current one would run WinXP like crap let alone anything newer. Honestly you're specs looking good for 98/ME

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Uninstall windows search, gadgets, and get rid of media center if it came with it. That would help a little without doing some hardware upgrades. I do agree to get a decent gpu that will help on that low memory 512 MB

 

If none of those are being used then it won't help with speed at all.

 

Seriously, throw the computer away and get yourself the cheapest new computer you can get. Would probably be about 4-5 times more powerful then what you have at the moment. 

 

Worst case scenario spend the $20 to get 1GB of RAM and learn to live with it. :(

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For what it would cost to upgrade, i'd just get a new pc or put on a very old lubuntu/xubuntu install as the requirements are light, but then you would have security to think about. You could run win98 on it.

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Why would you still use that when nowadays you can just download more RAM from the internets?

 

but we're dealing with an antique here, it might not be able to support a connection fast enough to download that much RAM

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If it is DDR, yes, it is expensive, it is hard to get nowadays.

You're kidding right? I've got bags of it here and it's worth next to nothing.

 

 

 

As for the mobo only supporting 1GB max, well... i'd challenge that, some accept more than what's stated. Even 1GB would make it run better though. (Y)

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