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February 10, 2009

You probably don't need a new computer...


Finally, you might need to add more RAM to your system to help it operate more smoothly. RAM is the place to hold information that the processor needs immediately. Your hard drive is like a filing cabinet, and RAM is like Radar from MASH having those files in-hand waiting on you to ask for them.

I recommend 1GB (gigabyte) of RAM minimum for Windows XP systems, and double that if you have been forced to use Windows Vista. This way, your PC can have a lot of files in RAM and not have to slow down while it reads more information from your hard drive. Your local computer shop or even the maker of your computer can help you find the type and amount of RAM that your PC can use. I have never seen more RAM hurt a machine.

These are just three simple solutions for helping to speed up a PC instead of buying a new one. This way you can stop some electronic waste going to landfills and keep some dollars in your pocket in this tough economy. Both sound like good reasons to try these ideas before buying a new computer with your hard-earned money.

Have computer issues? Please feel free to email me at and I will reply and/or answer questions as best as humanly possible.

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