Bottleneck? What to upgrade

By matchu
Sep 12, 2009
  1. Hiya, everyone,

    I'm using an Inspiron 6400 laptop right now. Although I am getting a new desktop for home use, I would like to continue using the Inspiron for some time into the future. However, it's starting to be really slow (opening programs like Adobe CS3 or Office 2007, startup, even some PDFs take a while to load)

    The specs are as such...

    OS: Windows XP Home SP3 (32-bit, I believe?)
    CPU: T2500 Intel Core Duo (2Ghz)
    RAM: 1GB
    GPU: Radeon Mobility x1400 (256MB)

    Question: would upgrading the ram to the documented maximum of 2GB be worth it / make a noticeable difference in the tasks I mentioned? RAM is cheap, after all....

    And I don't plan on using this laptop for heavy gaming. Just for work and a bit of media (watching/streaming shows, some image editting, nothing 3D).

    Documentation is at

    Thanks in advance!
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    maxing the ram is the best thing you can do and it will show a difference, not night and day though, but enough to make you content.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Extra RAM will not hurt at all.

    Try also scanning for malware using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Spybot S&D, among others. A good AV program like Avast (free) or NOD32 (paid) also works wonders.
  4. matchu

    matchu TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Thanks for the suggestion, guys! I'll start with the anti-malware and see where to go from there.

    I ask about the ram because i know that at *some* point, extra ram becomes kinda pointless. I just don't know what that point is
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    That point would be 2GB for XP, and 4GB for newer OSes, assuming they are used for general-purpose tasks like the ones you mentioned.
  6. matchu

    matchu TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 100

    No malware found. Looks like I'll be buyign some ram this weekend ^^
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,433   +143

    Defragment your hard drive?
  8. matchu

    matchu TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 100

    also done; i do that often enough, i think. on the range of once per month
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