Is there anything I can do to speed up my old computer?

by on April 18, 2012

Q: My PC is way slow!!! below are the stats on it

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name
System Manufacturer Compaq
System Model Evo D500
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 2 GenuineIntel ~1694 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Compaq 686Y2 v2.11, 2/27/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\\WINDOWS\\system32
Boot Device \\Device\\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = “5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)”
User Name
Time Zone Mountain Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 1,536.50 MB
Available Physical Memory 1.09 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.86 GB
Page File C:\\pagefile.sys

I believe I’m maxed out as far as memory is concerned. And it would be a nightmare to attempt
to upgrade the CPU.
With what I have in my computer, is something else slowing it down? Thanks

4 Responses to “Is there anything I can do to speed up my old computer?”

    According to the Article here: about your workstation is it will take a Max of 3GB of ram when 1GB sticks used.

    Excerpt from link: “Note: All Compaq Evo Desktop D500 contain three DIMM slots, but can only be upgraded to a maximum of 3-GB when 1-GB PC133 SDRAM are available.”

    That would be the easiest option to upgrade your current workstation. It may be able to upgrade your CPU but it may not be worth the cost.

    There us possibly software installed that may be slowing down your computer but I cannot say for sure without knowing.

    Your best option may be to start looking into a new workstation. It looks like it may be at least 5+ years old


      Thanks for what you have recommended. I may do that.
      And,yes, it may be time to get a new PC or Mac

      Thanks Sincerely

    Picked as best answer

    This computer is about 11 years old. Generally after five years it’s time for a replacement.

    Your money is much better spent being put to a new computer.

    You can buy a new PC for under $400 that will be several orders of magnitude faster than what you currently own.

    If you can’t afford that, save your money instead of pouring it into this old system.


      Greetings, Mark;
      Thanks much for your reply. You are right, it may be time for a new machine.
      Thanks Sincerely