Really slow (old) PC. How to speed up a bit?
Posted on 2007-10-01
I was looking at a friends computer and it is really, really slow. Slow to the point that its impossible to work with. However when I checked cpu usage the cpu isnt maxed out with any program. I then checked physical memory and saw that out of the 256MB it was dropping down to 45MB.
Im not sure if the low memory could be causing it as it would usually be something hogging the cpu, but the memory does look dangerously low to me.
I cant remember what the hardware was exactly but its about 4 years old to give an idea. I think a celeron processor. 256MB ram. Running windows XP. Has been formatted and reinstalled a couple of times since it was bought.
Basically I want to get the pc a bit quicker for him at the weekend. What would you do to speed it up a bit?
I done msconfig and disabled some stuff there. I also took away some visual effects light shadows and stuff to try a make it a bit quicker. What else should I check/do?