I bought a Dell latitude D600 its spaces are 1.6 GHz processor 80 gig hdd and 256mb of ram. I have xp installed. My 1.5 gig of ram won't be here for awhile.
asked May 24 '12 at 14:01
Get more RAM... 256Mb is a ridiculously low amount of RAM. Try running just one application at the time and don't start anything that is heavy on you setup. 1.6 Ghz is also very slow which has a big part in the overal speed.
answered May 24 '12 at 14:14
1st thing: Remove all visual affects, go classic, remove desktop image, etc... 2nd thing: Clean up any unnecessary programs running in the background.
answered May 24 '12 at 14:15
this should take the OS memory usage down to around 40-50MB
click on start, run, then type in msconfig
after that, heat to the services tab, then uncheck everything except these services
DCOM server process launcher
Plug and Play
Remote access connection manager
Remote procedure call(RPC)
System restore service
Windows Management instrumentation
Remote access auto connection manager
Remote procedure call(RPC) locator
wireless zero config (if you need wifi access)
after doing that, head to the startup tab and uncheck everything.
When you install new programs, check if they add any startup items then disable them (most programs will function normally with their startup items disabled. Most program startup items are designed to make the program seem to load faster by spending time loading them during the system startup (before you actually need to use the program, this slows down the startup and uses a lot of memory)
PS if you use the various media hotkeys then you can leave the hotkey startup items enabled (but if you don't then disable them to save resources)
256MB of RAM is a small amount but if you disable all of the services that you don't need windows comes with many that you don't need unless you are using it to connect to various domain servers and databases and other cooperate stuff. With the useless stuff disabled, you can get a decent experience with surfing the web, listening to music, watching 480p video and other basic stuff
Open services.msc. Google everything that's set to 'Automatic'; many of them can be disabled. I once got my WinXP memory footprint down to 80MB.
Also consider that machine probably uses old DDR1 DIMMs, which can be found ridiculously cheap these days. I'll bet you can get a great deal, assuming you can find any.
To running your Operating System smoothly you can try tweaking you Operating System by using some third party software such as Ashampoo Win Optimizer or some other.
On the other hand you can disable unwanted functions, effects and processes. Also make sure your PC is safe from viruses as well, because viruses are also the cause of PC slowdowns and here you are trying to speedup your PC.
You can visit http://www.techyv.com/questions/xp-operating-system-problem for more information.
I hope it would be of some help.
answered Sep 21 '12 at 12:26