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So someone gave me a old emachines T3410 pc, I planned to just give it to my daughter and buy her a wireless mouse, keyboard and a lcd monitor. The pc came with windows 7 64 bit home premium on it and it is a laggy mess. Here are the specs for the pc
Sempron 3400+
160gb 7,200 rpm hard drive
512mb ddr ram

I know the ram is the culprit, i pull up task manager and it is either within 50mb of running out of ram or closer to none almost all the time. It lags super hard. My daughter is only 6 and would mainly use the pc for netflix in her bedroom. The pc has 2 ram slots and will accept 2gb of ram. How much ram will I have to actually put in this thing so it doesn't lag super tough the way it is now? I am pretty sure I can get 2 512mb sticks of ddr 400mhz ram from work out of a old broken P4 dell tower but I dont know if 1gb ram is gonna make a difference or not.

The pc really isnt worth anything to sell and I would rather use it but at the same time isn't ram for this going to be expensive?
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post #2 of 17
if you can reinstall the operating system as windows 7 32bit, or if you have XP go with that.
install only the NECESSARY drivers for it.
i have a celeron d 512mb ram 120gb hdd emachines with windows 7 32bit that plays 1080p just fine.
literally all i have on that pc is the os and a few drivers.

or installing that extra ram should help.
i think a fresh OS install would do magic tho, (of course depending on how bloated the OS is already)
post #3 of 17
well you could put something like linux mint on there and not have to upgrade at all
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post #4 of 17
Adding more ram will definitively help a lot. I'd put the full 2GB in and you will see a huge improvement. Here's a link to pc3200 ram. Other places, like ebay probably have it for less.

If you have a copy of Windows XP around, use that instead thumb.gif
post #5 of 17
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well you could put something like linux mint on there and not have to upgrade at all


This is what I would do.

post #6 of 17
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The link is bad that you posted. I am going to see if I can find some ram for it at work tomorrow, hopefully I can get 2 1gb sticks out of a old busted pc, at the least I can get a 512mb stick
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This is what I would do.

Cant watch netflix with linux because you have to use MS silverlight and it wont work on linux.
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post #8 of 17
why not search the marketplace here since ppl are always selling old ram. And having a fresh OS install would help out alot, just dl what ever version that systems suppose to have, slap in the drivers and call it a done deal. Plus an extra 512 stick couldnt hurt unless you got $50 to blow for these http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611+600006040+600006065&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=147&description=&hisInDesc=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=
 
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post #9 of 17
Windows 7 64Bit wants 2GB minimum to run decent, install 32bit and itll run decent on 1gb
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post #10 of 17
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I installed xp on it and it ran worse then it did with the 64 bit windows 7. This was a basic stripped down version of xp too. I am gonna try to install 32 bit win 7 on it now and see what happens.
There is a gang load of ram on ebay for cheap. Saw a couple 1gb sticks for $11.99
I will try to get ram from work tomorrow but dont know if I can only get 512mb sticks or not. The bad thing is my daughter is so used to windows 7 I know she wont like xp, i hate using xp LOL. Well gonna see what happens now with a fresh win 7 32bit install
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