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ABC'S OF COMPUTER MEMORY UPGRADE
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The single most important thing you can do to speed up your total computer speed is to add more memory! Yes, a faster internet connection like DSL or cable internet service will help your browser do it's job faster, BUT....what about all of those programs that are required that are running in the background behind the browser and in your computer's operating system??? Broadband won't help them work any faster! They can only run at whatever their design limits are as required by the total memory installed on your computer!
So when those design limits are overloaded, then your hard drive "takes up the slack" seeking more temporary memory to operate the programs, which is a mechanical process! This in turn....slows down the entire process....which = much more slower total performance!!!!!!!
What if you can't get DSL or cable broadband?. Your stuck with a dialup connection usually unless you want to go to the very expensive satellite internet service.
So now your back to square one...a slow computer which is usually caused by lack of memory.
Why do you not have enough memory to start with when you bought the computer new?
That's easy to answer. Most suppliers of computers are, bottom line, wanting to sell them as fast as possible with an attractive price so they can make a profit. By only adding a bare minimum of memory in the production line, they can sell the computer with less memory at a cheaper more competetive price than the next guy who also does the same. Competition leads to more and more cutting of "costs" to maintain a certain profit level. Most new computers DO NOT come with the maximum amount of memory they can handle already installed!
So....how much memory do you need?
So here is your answer....if your computer came with 500 megs of ram, you need 1gb. If if came with 1gb, you need 2gb of memory...it only costs a few dollars to "max out" most computers and it's easy for most people to do.
Don't know what type of memory you need for your computer...
Is your computer's memory already maxed out? If so, then you really don't have an "add memory" option. You will need to upgrade your entire computer system to one that will hold more memory and with a faster processor.
I was fortunate when I wanted to add more memory to my old backup computer, an HP that came with 64 megs of ram, (yes, you read that right)and increased it to 128megs of ram...I immediately noticed much faster operation of the total system, including much improved web page loading in internet use with a DSL connection that I already had!
On my main computer, a "fast" Compaq from the factory, I upgraded it to 2 gigs of memory with amazing speedup results.
If it's so easy to upgrade my memory, how do I get the best prices on more memory?
Simple: Just click the Critical Technology banner below and follow the easy instructions.
You will need the mfg and model of your computer. Crucial will do the rest and will ship the memory direct to you with complete instructions. Now was that easy or what!
Ok after reading all of this I know that my computer has the maximum memory already installed...why is my computer still sluggish and SLOW?
Another easy answer that is usually related to the computer system including your hard drive. Over time, and use, the hard drive becomes "corrupted" with useless data and the data that is needed to load the various programs that are crucial to it's operation becomes "scattered" all over the hard drive...this creates lots of "seek" time that the hard drive has to do before it finds what it needs....all this mechanical action = slow down. You may have installed and uninstalled many different programs to the drive, surfed hundreds of sites on the web, all of which leave behind bits and pieces of the programs or useless data...all scattered randomly over the hard drive, "getting in the way" of it's intended function. More slowdowns.
So how do I "clean up" my hard drive?
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