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Getting carried away with computer ....




I'm in a Hotel in Muscat, Oman right now. More like a home of a kind as I've been coming here regularly, and in the process have attached myself to the two desktop computers they have here. The one is more up to date with Windows 7 Professional and I feel quite safe with it after I had disabled a few things in Mozilla Firefox. The other one I have ignored until now as its optical mouse wasn't working. Almost impossible to work with it, and the computer is super slow.

Anyway, tonight I decided to get a proper mouse for the non-working computer. An optical mouse. The previous mouse pointer had been jumping all over the desktop - couldn't control it at all - sometimes just vanished. So installed the new one tonight - well more like just plugging it into a UBS slot. Then discovered the laminated table probably requires a mouse pad - got a magazine, and it's a bit better. Fiddled a little with the mouse options and that helped too. Not perfect yet, needs a proper mouse pad first I think.

Anyway, that was a good start. Then tried to work on ways to speed things up. Gave Mozilla Firefox a workout. Reset it to its default settings. Turned off a few things that aren't really needed. That helped a little. Still can't believe it's actually working. Previously it couldn't. Would freeze up and stall. Now at least it's just slow but moving.

Now wondering what one can do to speed it up?

Darn! Just checked the system info and no wonder the damn thing has been so slow. Can't believe I got it to move - sort of miraculous it is moving:

It has 248MB RAM Shocked WOW!!!!
And it's still on Windows XP 2. Got to be the unsafest computer in town. Poor thing! Any suggestions for what to turn off in the system to maximize performance?



7 blog comments below

248MB is far from enough.
The system will always use page file swapping in and out, because the memory is not enough.
The most effective tweak which could help boosting performance is to add more memory.

Considering the situation, the memory might be DDR1 or DDR2, or even worst SDRAM.
If you really want to use that old computer, the memory might cost you a lot.
rx9876 on Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:25 am
You wouldn't believe it, with what I've done I'm posting in Frihost for the first time from this computer and it can't be considered as slow or dragging. Is there a possibility that it has more memory but the memory doesn't show in the cPanel system info? Or maybe I did something last night in the settings that helped things along?

I just went into View System Information Advanced of Windows XP and it has 372 MB slightly better than in the CPanel but not by much. Smile

On the other hand, it is using the most basic Windows XP - Service Pack 2. Maybe Service Pack 2 - the first version in 2004 required less system resources?

Must say though when I Googled the information, one of the Websites I arrived at froze. It does have limitations. But for working on one Web page at a time like I'm doing with Frihost right now, seems to be completely OK.
deanhills on Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:51 pm
Well that computer should be well for looking at the internet. Windows does love memory - the more you have, the more windows bloats itself.
As long as you have sufficient hard drive space for memory swapping, you should be fine.
standready on Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:11 pm
Changing the theme to old style will help you get some speed.
cybersa on Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:20 pm
Cybersa wrote:
Changing the theme to old style will help you get some speed.
Thanks Cybersa that was one of the first things I did. Get rid of the wall paper and change the theme to default.
Standready wrote:
Well that computer should be well for looking at the internet. Windows does love memory - the more you have, the more windows bloats itself.
As long as you have sufficient hard drive space for memory swapping, you should be fine.
Agreed Stand. Shortly after my last post, Kaspersky spontaneously started updating and I couldn't work with Frihost any longer. With my current session however it's great - Kaspersky has settled down for the night. Everything reasonably fast provided I stick with one Window at a time.

Just got it a nice mouse pad for it today. Mouse works like a dream now. The pad was dirt cheap, like just under a US dollar. Think I'm going to go back tomorrow and get more mousepads (Christmas is a normal working day in Oman). I like this one - want to get a few for home and friends.

Will ask the maintenance staff if they can glue down the mouse pad. Otherwise it is probably going to vanish like its predecessor.
deanhills on Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:36 pm
I don't thinnk 128MB is enough for application you have these days. I had Windows XP untill April last year before move to Windows 7. But it's a computer with 2GB RAM. I had this Pentium 4 computer with 256MB RAM and couldn't do much in that. Even Firefox and Chrome ask for more than that. Just couldn't bare the slowness and also nobody wanted it so I had to put to sleep. Smile
dude_xyx on Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:56 am
It felt quite good to get it moving however. But yes, nowadays memory is also so cheap, no excuse to have to have a computer like that any longer. Particularly not in the Business Section of a Hotel. Razz
deanhills on Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:47 pm



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