I have a Sony Vaio W VPCW11S1E netbook, running XP (had since 2009).
It seems to slow down and chug a bit (on the ram it seems judgingVPCW11S1E/T by the task manager) when more the 1 thing on it (i.e. Firefox and Skype).
Any idea how to make it run a bit more smoothly on those to main things.
Many thanks in advance.
Sat 23-Mar-13 19:39:20
SHould be reasonably OK. I suggest you do a system "tune up", i.e., chkdsk, disk cleanup, defrag, uninstall ALL unnecessary programs, CCleaner, turn off indexing service, consider turning off system restore.
If I run my XP laptop with no applications open - just the "normal" set of processes running the memory usage is around 650MB. If I then open a browser and visit a few websites the usage creeps up towards 1GB. Open a second application and it goes over 1GB.
I run with 4GB installed (only 3.5 ish is usable).
In addition to Pipexer's suggestion of cleaning up - defrag to put all file pieces together and create large usable blocks on the disk; Cookies and cache to speed up the browser; look at increasing the memory to 2GB which is apparently the system max.
Disable unnecessary processes and services, but imo I would not disable system restore if you have the disk space. What you can do is tweak it to not use more than you would like. Also, setting a static minimum swapfile can help reduce disk thrashing (and CPU/RAM load). Given that you have 1GB of RAM, I would set the minimum to...