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sleepr
Improving performance
on Dec 18, 2004 at 12:49:13 am

Hi! I make home video dvds for myself and for friends with Movie Maker 2, TMPGEnc and Sonic DVDit! I would like my computer to run more efficiently, as it freezes up a lot. Here is what I have:

Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4
Number of Processors: 1
RAM: 512 MB
RAM Type: SDRAM
Max RAM: 512 MB
L2 Cache: 256 KB
Operating System and Software

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition

Keyboard: Programmable VAIO Smart Keyboard
Mouse: Wheel Mouse
Hard Drive

Size: 80 GB
Hard Drives: 1
Type: Ultra ATA
Optical Drives, Other Mass Storage

CD-ROM: 40x
DVD Burner
Floppy Drive: 1.44 MB, 3.5-inch floppy disk drive
Graphics and Display

Graphics Card: nVIDIA TNT2 M64
Graphics RAM: 32 MB
Interface: AGP
Sound

I am thinking I probably need more RAM at least and want to start adding on to my system a bit at a time without a ton of money. Where should I start?


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John Q
Re: Improving performance
on Dec 18, 2004 at 8:33:40 pm

The first item to add is a dedicated hard drive on your secondary IDE port for your video files. Windows will always take priority and interrupt access to your video files, so you need to move those files to a drive on another IDE port. You can still keep your program files on your boot drive, but you need to move your video files off the boot drive.


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