I'm new to this forum, and had already run Belarc Advisor to get info on my computer before coming here. Now I just wish I could read it. I think it's the same info I'd get with cpu-z too though.
Dell Inspiron 1100 running Windows XP SP3
2.4 Ghz Intel Celeron processor
Intel(R)82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller [display adapter]
1024 MB RAM (2 512 MB slots at they're max according to manual)
~53 GB HDD (39.96 GB used; 12.52 GB free)
for mother board all it says is: Dell Computer Corporation 09U784 A32 and bus clock is 133 mhz.
Now here's the kicker, this computer is running great. Quick response times, runs programs great, external hard drive is hooked up to off load data. This computer is used mostly to access the internet for email, online book reading (Adobe Reader), tutorial video watching (Windows Media Player), photo editing (Adobe CS), ms office, no gaming.
The only problems are: when you try to send an email with a photo attachment larger than 6 MB, it won't send it. (it will from the same account logged on a different, newer computer) (so that to me means RAM is bogging down and the send times out).
And the other problem is that you can't seem to watch more than 30 seconds of video on it without it stopping playback to "buffer" for a minute or two, then resume playing for ~45 seconds, then buffer for a min or two, repeat endlessly. Length of video, player within browser, browser used (IE, Firefox, and Chrome tested) windows media player, it doesn't seem to matter, same behaviour regardless of program. (so this to me means lack of RAM and possibly an upgrade of a graphics card?)
Since everything else is working so well, it'd be nice to know if it can be tweaked to keep working, can I use some of the ~400GB of available external HDD space as additional RAM? I've read about changing settings and instructions how to get to where you need to change the settings, but no idea what to change them to. Instructions say a minimum and a maximum? What's advisable?
Is there any other option besides buying a new computer? Any help is greatly appreciated, b.