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    amazing xp

    hi,
    it is not a problem.So nothing to solve, but yould like to get feedback about .
    Friend of mine brought to me his dad pc as it was so slow - to upgrade it litle bit.
    So i press the start button and after 30 minutes of nothing comming on the screen i decided to call my friend while waiting to ask him if this is what happens all the time.
    He said yes.Eventually was able to see welcome screen and bingo i was in (after 45 minutes).
    After looking liitle bit around come to this.:
    1.8ghz intel
    motherboard with integrated memory(shared 32mg) and only one stick of SD memory 128mg.
    After losing 32 mg on shared graphics system was left with 96mg of memory.
    I dont know if i will recommend it for guiness record book but i am seriously considering it.
    Pc was working ok.ok means no ok for most of us (slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww), but my friends dad is in pension so he has lot of time.
    I straggled with my first pc with xp on it with 256 ddr memory.How this pc worked at all was beyond me.
    What are your toughts about it or similar experience?
    thanks

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    Hey Hey,

    A RAM increase is definately a wanted thing.. but at the same time when I was running XP Beta's I was running them on a Machine with 64MB of RAM..

    I would take a look at the hard drive.. what's on it, how badly fragmented is it.. how full is it.. If it's only the one system drive.. I'd say 20-25% free space minimum.. and I'd also say fully defragment.. I'd also delete the page file and let it create a new one.. Check the drive for errors... If you can get some 3rd party defrag software like O&O it will allow you to defrag the drive and place the files alphabetically which will increase boot and load time..

    Other than that.. maybe a format and reinstall is in order.

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    Hi unvi$ible ,

    What are your thoughts about it or similar experience?
    Across the hallway in one of the cupboards I have a Gateway 2000..................it has 8Mb of RAM...........4Mb on the board (fixed), and 2 32-pin 2Mb strips (!!!!). The processor is a Cyrix 80386 (386) with a clock speed of 12.5Mhz.

    Now, some genius has managed to load Windows 95, 950(B) Build 1212. How about I bring it round and we can race them? .....................you get the beers in, because we might be some time at it

    OK. The XP installer saw your P4 1.8 GHz, the 128Mb of SDR RAM (which is the recommended minimum) and missed the onboard graphics chipset, which "shares" (steals!) 32Mb, so it allowed the installation to proceed.

    You don't say much about the motherboard. What make/model is it, or can you tell me the make/model of computer (the details from the label at the back would be useful)

    1. How many RAM slots are there?
    2. Does it have an AGP slot?

    With a P4/1.8 I would guess it to have SDR RAM PC133. That is handy as you can install single strips, although the board probably will not recognise anything above 256Mb strips (I am guessing that you have 4 memory slots?)

    There are two things to do:

    1. Increase the RAM to the maximum you can.
    2. Put in an old AGP or PCI graphics card in it (32 or 64Mb).

    Please remember that there is absolutely no point in wasting money on a fancy graphics card as the monitor will not be capable of resolving it. Also, if you get AGP, make sure it is the old type, the new ones use a different voltage and won't fit........that would certainly be anything 128Mb or more

    Good Luck.

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    The processor is a Cyrix 80386 (386) with a clock speed of 12.5Mhz.
    Hah! Forgot all about that old company. Reminds me when I took an IT state competition test. That's right, I'm nerdy enough to compete in a IT state competition ... Unfortunatly I didn't do to well because the test was extremely outdated. They had a ton of questions about old obsolete technology. A couple of which was the cyrix processors. I was like, WTF!? I was only like 3 years old when those were around!

    Yeh, I know, my post has nothing to do with the topic...
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    Howdy.

    Pull the hard drive out, set it to slave, then mount it in your computer, boot up and defrag the drive etc.
    Then put it back into the original machine, reset it to master and throw in another stick of ram and see if that improves things a little.

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    Originally posted here by The Duck
    Hah! Forgot all about that old company. Reminds me when I took an IT state competition test. That's right, I'm nerdy enough to compete in a IT state competition ... Unfortunatly I didn't do to well because the test was extremely outdated. They had a ton of questions about old obsolete technology. A couple of which was the cyrix processors. I was like, WTF!? I was only like 3 years old when those were around!

    Yeh, I know, my post has nothing to do with the topic...
    Now I'm gonna have to ask how old you are... because Cyrix was still making processors in 1995... and if you were 3 then, you'd only be like 13 - 14... yet in your other thread you're obviously considered life after high school... It's off topic.. but it has made me curious..

    Cyrix made processors all through the first gen. of Pentiums... then life pretty much ended for them... Back in the days when AMD was really non existant (Sure they made 386 and 486 processors and even a Pentium equiv (K5) but not many people used them.. and even fewer stores stocked them)... then came the K6 and K6-2 and that was what really made a name for AMD... Now Pentium and AMD are the two big boys.. but there are still the little kids on the block.. Via's one that pops up every now and then... not long again I saw a via processor.. it was called C3 and ran at 800Mhz... so they aren't exactly playing with the big boys but they have put out some cool things..

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    hi ,
    well i managed to fix everything and trew some memory sticks in and it works like ferrari.added video card and extra ram and that was all it needed.hd was 40g and old man use only 7 of it ( heeh he is not interested in porn)
    He just uses messanger and skype so didnt need some fancy upgrade.

    thanks for your suggestions.

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    Cyrix and Via are one and the same. Cyrix was Via's primary brand for a time.

    I've been a big fan of the newer Via processors (Eden and Nehemiah). They've got a new one out, the C7, which replaces the C3 Edens. Haven't been able to find it yet though, at least not here in the States.

    Their processors are low power consumers and typically run very cool. The 800mhz unit I used to use ran at 95 degrees fahrenheit. "Greener" than Intel or AMD. I understand their processors are popular in China.
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    Now I'm gonna have to ask how old you are... because Cyrix was still making processors in 1995... and if you were 3 then, you'd only be like 13 - 14... yet in your other thread you're obviously considered life after high school... It's off topic.. but it has made me curious..
    Relax, geez, I tend to over exaggerate things. I wasn't actually 3, but I was still very young at the time and I didn't even know what a processor was when cyrix was around.

    I guess life becomes to serious when you get a job that pays 50k a year...
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