Originally Posted by fastnoc
As Strange_Wings has said that's a really REALLY low amount of ram. You really should spent a few bucks and upgrade it. I bet you could put on 1gb replacing your existing, for less than 50 bucks. WELL worth it.
As old as that computer is, it might be harder to find that specific ram. And once found, it may cost more then it's worth. Take some of the old pc100 or 133 SD ram for example - a computer needing that isn't worth spending what it would cost to put more ram into, especially if you have to get it from a local store.
Originally Posted by Trillcat
Im slightly confused about the memory, it's something that has always tripped me up, and Im a little embarassed to ask because I know it's like computers 101, but when I defrag, it says I have 18.64GB of space with 10.53GB free. Now, am I correct in thinking that is ROM, so I have room to download stuff and store it but just not enough RAM to run it?
Anyway, I have cleaned pretty much everything I can for now and it is running faster, but still takes forever to boot up. I have looked at the start up programs and there is a ton of stuff, just not sure what can go and what ahould stay!
First off, ditch Norton. Unless you pay for it you won't be able to update or upgrade it. It's slow, it's useless.
OK what you are defraging is the hard drive disk. If you were to open up the case it would look something like this http://www.geekatyourservice.com/images/hard-drive2.jpg
This is where you store files. You only have 10.53 gigs free because Windows and programs are taking up the rest of the space already.
A Rom drive is what you put a cd or dvd in.
Ram stands for "random access memory" and it would probably be easier for you to just read what wikipedia has on it in case I make it too confusing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random_access_memory
You need a certain amount of this to actually run programs and do pretty much anything on your computer, while you can designate a swap file (as mentioned) on the hard drive itself to help, you can't really get around what the basic requirements are.
(Your swap file, by the way, when or if you set it should be a minimum of 480mbs - 500 to 512mbs would be better.)