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Windows 7: Computer slow...hardware...what are my options?

27 Jan 2014   #21
gregrocker

 

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I gave you how to check RAM capacity and slot availability earlier, short of looking at the mobo specs which are often hard to find on OEM's like Lenovo. Crucial System Scanner software to find out what type of memory is in your computer
Just used your suggested tool.. thanks for link.
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27 Jan 2014   #22
bitoolean

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 

Fun fact. Talk about aknowledged forum users! A guy with more than 700 posts recommends to a "MSVCR80.DLL missing" thread that she should go and download that DLL from some website hehe, after I had already provided links to the most up-to-date installers for the Visual C++ runtimes (not only 2005, and all with SP1) from Microsoft.
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27 Jan 2014   #23
vitaminn

64 bit Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

What does it report?
Here is a link to the results page: Memory upgrades from Crucial.com - Determine My Memory Needs

Looks like is can accept some RAM.

What I need to find out is if the processor can be upgraded. Or, as @MellonHead said, Lenova may prevent that.

Back to part of the original question. If I want the computer to handle two (3 would be amazing), is that a graphics card issue?

P.S. Looks like when it was built, it was indeed 64 bit w/ 2 gigs of RAM... Isn't that what you guys are say is complete crappola? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883108456
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27 Jan 2014   #24
bitoolean

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 

Yes, it is a graphics chips issue - not all are capable of three simultaneous display output. I've seen even integrated graphics chips that allow that (it's mentioned on the motherboard description), so they may not be that uncommon. I've never used more than two monitors, but newer graphics cards shouldn't have a problem with that, I think. Well the ones who sell them should know, for sure.

EDIT: I've seen discussion regarding that it was a problem with older video cards (on the TomsHardware forum) pretty often - even if the cards had three video ouputs, they had problems practically, or with drivers, etc. But then they said it was taken care of more recently and even AMD boards are good. In practice however, the resolution you use matters as well and it may prove too much (but then again, it shouldn't be a problem anymore nowadays, especially with dual video cards). It helps that you won't be playing games to stress the video cards even harder. I hear that the pixel output limitations (in terms of total resolution) is tied to the RAMDAC frequency, but I'm not that technical either. Anyway, you should be able to find forums specifically targeted towards multi-monitor configurations that should help you with more relevant information.
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28 Jan 2014   #25
bitoolean

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 

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P.S. Looks like when it was built, it was indeed 64 bit w/ 2 gigs of RAM... Isn't that what you guys are say is complete crappola? lenovo Athlon II X2 2GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity Desktop PC Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit H405 (7723-1AU) - Newegg.com
Yes. The only reason I can think of is that maybe Lenovo sells (edit: more) to companies, which are more concerned with security. And 64 bit apparently has some security advantages (for example one can't install unsigned drivers which means less potential security vulnerabilities and maybe more stability but can prove stressful if you own such a device, with uncertified drivers that is, which was the case with several software and device drivers I've needed along the years, but not that often indeed - because you simply won't be able to use them). There are drivers for Windows 7 32-bit and even XP on the official support webpage of your PC however, so they are well supported!
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28 Jan 2014   #26
bitoolean

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 

By the way, I realize it may sound funny (Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, except security updates, which are due in not a long while too), but Windows XP is actually a viable option and would make the most of the limited amount of RAM, temporarily. (For example if you choose to use separate PCs like I suggested).
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28 Jan 2014   #27
vitaminn

64 bit Windows 7
 
 

Good info...thanks. Ill be curious to see what Lenovo says about ability of upgrading of the processor.

In the image below I shut down the security camera software of which can readily be seen by the drop in CPU usage and memory.

Question: Does each of the 2 upper boxes represent a "core" ? Or just that there are two AMD Athlon II 's installed?

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28 Jan 2014   #28
bitoolean

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 

Yes, those are core threads. There are however cores that are split themselves in two threads, so a single core will appear as two (Intel calls this hyper-threading, I'm not sure what AMD calls it), and some dual-core will appear as 4, etc. EDIT This information will appear in the System Information properties panel, along the model and frequency of the CPU (the window that you included in a previous screenshot), if that's the case with a CPU. Obviously, your CPU is true dual-core, indicated by the "X2" in the name.

Running a Windows 7 system with only 2 GB RAM is a bad idea. I know that first-hand. EDIT Especially 64-bit.
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28 Jan 2014   #29
bitoolean

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 

I've edited more detail into my previous comment. My system is pretty heavily used (I run Visual Studio on it, and I have a lot of small tasks in the background all the time, including an e-mail checker which I see you have too, and a file server) and it only uses a little less than 1 GB of RAM, so you probably still have a lot of programs running. I've even used Firefox (Pale Moon) extensively for several hours... and that alone uses more than 400 MB of the physical RAM... Admittedly, I also get into the 1.5 GB pretty often when I go over the board with too many tabs and apps open, etc., and there is apparently nothing wrong with other processes you have running as far as I can tell from your screenshot.

EDIT I see that google drive is another hog of memory at least. There are better options for sure regarding online storage for backup purposes.
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28 Jan 2014   #30
gregrocker

 

I'd buy the 2gb Crucial RAM stick for $27: 2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 upgrades for Lenovo H405 (7723) Desktop/PC, CT1935206 from Crucial.com. They guarantee it based on their scan.

Googling all of the specs you can find it for less but it takes close comparison to match exactly. Many warn buyers away from eBay but sellers must abide by PayPal's refund policy and give your money back if you pay to ship the piece back.
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