Tips on Choosing a New Computer

  1. I need to get a new computer. I'm using the same Compaq laptop that I purchased in 2003, and it's so slow.

    I have to reboot about once every hour when I'm on Allnurses and about once every two hours for other internet surfing. It's always been this way. I don't know enough about computers to understand specifically what the issue is, but I've been told it is probably the RAM? Or something like that?

    It's something related to being on the internet very long bogs the system down until it simply stops being able to load any pages. Here's the specs on my current computer:

    1400 MHz
    1.4 GHz
    480 MB of RAM
    60 GB

    Does this sound like a RAM issue?
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Dec 14, '07
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Joe NightingMale
    A lack of RAM is often an issue with slow computing, especially on the Internet.

    The cheapest computers will come with 500 MG of RAM, which is the minimum for running the newest programs like Windows Vista, but it's slow. Better to have at least 2 GB of RAM.

    I wonder if you can upgrade the RAM on your existing laptop. I know with desktop computers it's a matter of simply removing a circuit board and replacing it with another.
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    joe, i was just about to thank you when you came up with the last statement
    here is a non-nerd lol reading 'simply open that sucker up and replace a circuit board auuuggghhh
  5. by   kwagner_51
    Quote from multicollinearity
    I need to get a new computer. I'm using the same Compaq laptop that I purchased in 2003, and it's so slow.

    I have to reboot about once every hour when I'm on Allnurses and about once every two hours for other internet surfing. It's always been this way. I don't know enough about computers to understand specifically what the issue is, but I've been told it is probably the RAM? Or something like that?

    It's something related to being on the internet very long bogs the system down until it simply stops being able to load any pages. Here's the specs on my current computer:

    1400 MHz
    1.4 GHz
    480 MB of RAM
    60 GB

    Does this sound like a RAM issue?

    Hi

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  6. by   Alois Wolf
    Go to the people who you bought the laptop off of and ask them if you can upgrade your ram... it might be cheaper than getting a new laptop/computer... but if not I would shop around.
  7. by   mshultz
    I would upgrade the memory to at least 1 GB. However, your symptoms sound like a software problem. I am assuming that you are running some sort of Microsoft Windows. Start by going to the Microsoft Download Center and downloading and running the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/s...displaylang=en

    Also go to Microsoft Update Services (from the same page) to keep up with all of the operating system patches.

    Many installed programs run automatically at startup. This can really slow down a computer. Only essential programs that run continuously should be allowed to do this.

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