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11-29-2004, 17:40
im a n00b when talking about computers. i know nothing about them at all. please be very are my specs...
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name CPU-002
System Manufacturer 00101190 8562
System Model 03996200009487
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 7 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~501 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Award Software, Inc. 1.08, 11/8/1999
SMBIOS Version 2.0
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name CPU-002\Phil.Chappell
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 128.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 16.09 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 315.43 MB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
i preety much just use it for surfing the net. however i would like to get into using photoshop ans various other programs.
i want to know what i can do to speed up my of the programs. thanks

11-29-2004, 18:17
Step 1. Get more ram

Total Physical Memory 128.00 MB

XP is a memory hog, you want to put as much memory as your motherboard will support. Memory is cheap any more.

11-29-2004, 19:37
agreed! 128MB trying to run XP Pro on a 500Mhz machine is not fun.

It definitely is not a games machine

Also how big is your hard drive and how much free space do you have?

Download this program and run it, it will tell you a lot more info than whatever gave you that cryptic shizat you are showing us here.
This will also tell you who your motherboard manufacture is so you can go to thier website and see how much ram you can upgrade it to.

11-29-2004, 23:13
Yes more memory. A couple of further suggestions: you call the manufacturer of your PC and find out what RAM speed you need, if you can buy 128, 256 or 512 SIMMs and, as suggested earlier, how much memory you can add. Then add all the memory that you can. You may also want to replace your 128 SIMM with a 256 or 512 SIMM.

Also, if it isnít already, you may want to upgrade your video card to at least 128 meg or 256 meg if you can afford it. This will help with your photo shop application.

11-30-2004, 09:00
netninja that link is no longer valid.
CPU Type Intel Pentium III, 500 MHz (5 x 100)
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset VIA VT82C693A Apollo Pro133
System Memory 128 MB (SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award Medallion (11/08/99)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

C: (NTFS) 19062 MB (14694 MB free)
Field Value
L2 Cache 512 KB (Built-In, Half-Speed)
Field Value
Instruction Set x86, MMX, SSE
Field Value
CPU Type Intel Pentium III, 500 MHz (5 x 100)
Field Value

Physical Memory
Field Value
Total 127 MB
Field Value
Used 111 MB
Field Value
Free 15 MB
Field Value
Utilization 88 %

Field Value
Swap Space
Field Value
Total 331 MB

Field Value
Used 258 MB
Field Value
Free 72 MB

maybe some of that is useful. also could some one tell me the type of memory i need to buy?
thanks for the replys

11-30-2004, 09:07
one other thing

Drive #1 - WDC WD200BB-75CAA0 (18 GB)

11-30-2004, 13:43
I put a 1GHz PIII into a PC like yours not too long ago. Tripled the speed for $60.

But we also got them maxed out with 512MB of PC133 memory, so that helps a lot! But SDRAM PC133 is costlier than DDR RAM these they put over $250 into a PC that was worth $100 or so, and is now worth maybe $200.

This is what is known as a Study In Diminishing Returns. They would have been money ahead if they would have listened to common sense and experienced...their PC still isn't as fast as they'd like. But, hey, a Model T motor will never win a drag race, no matter how much money you pour into it!!

The problem with XP isn't with the bloated OS so much as it is the stuff you have to run in the background to keep the OS safe from attack.

On a half-gig CPU like yours, your machine will crawl when a proper (AVG or AVAST!) AV app is running, to say nothing of a software firewall like Black you can be fast and wide-open to attack, or sluggish and safe. Not a happy decision, and not one anybody should be forced to make!

There is nothing you can do to prevent that except purchase a vastly better modern PC and use the old one as a workstation or a Debian/Mandrake Linux box to surf the Web with...

Which is what most people do.

I recommend that you order a new CPU and motherboard combo in the next month or two, then not long after that, when the budget allows, order a new PC case and some DDR RAM. Then when you get the power supply unit (450w or better) and the new video card, you can assemble everything into the awesomely powerful machine that your current PC can never be.

Install XP onto the hard drive you have now, and then later on, you can buy a nice 200GB hard drive to store the video files on. And you are set.

Many people do it this way, and it works out very well for them. Just use your old PC for now, and plan on what you might use your new PC for in the future. Trust me, when the MOBO Combo arrives, you will get the urge to acquire the other components to complete the build ASAP!! Worse than building an AR, I tell you!

Good luck,


11-30-2004, 16:19
would this be a good start?
the second option for $250 something