Long story short, it was a hand-me-down from her sister and she wants all her sister's docs & pics etc off it and onto an external HDD and she wants the thing "speeding up". The kid's probably only going to use it for youtube / internet and homework (as if )
so after i run msconfig to disable a few things from startup like sidebar, skype, live messenger etc. i pull up task manager and the thing was sitting at 90% memory. i've killed a few more things in task manager and its sitting idle atm at 60% mem usage.
So i ran cpuz to check what kind of power the thing is packing. sufficient to say not much
Intel celeron 530 1.73GHz
2x512MB (1GB) DDR2 5300 (333Mhz)
64GB HDD partitioned into 32GB C & D Drives
Vista home premium
So tomorrow after work I'll go out to buy an external HDD for to back it up on.
I'm wondering if its worth ripping it open and chucking in 2x1GB DDR2 6400 or 1x 2GB DDR2 6400. to up to memory speed and total availability. I can pick up either of those from a computer store for about $40AUD. Now i've never played around with installing laptop hardware before. I'd imagine it would similar to changing memory in a desktop. But i'm terrified of frying / bricking what isn't mine. I mean for the sake of $40 is it worth risking bricking the laptop? Or is it just worth saying its a ~5yr old hunk of crap i've got all your junk off it, i've done the best i could to clean it up. go buy a new one if you want something that performs better.
Edited by bilcliff, 12 April 2012 - 02:26 AM.