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    Surf Fast Program??

    Inherited a HP Vectra XU Pentium/133 (Windows95). Surfing the Web is excruciatingly slow. Changing the modem from a 33 to 56 didn

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    Re: Surf Fast Program??

    Drk - Thanks so much for your FAST response. I am running a pretty bare 'puter as is.

    I will look into the modem and the switch.

    Thanks for the hint. ACM

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    Re: Surf Fast Program??

    The only advice I can offer is to minimize your system's 'multimediability.' There are programs out there that 'speed up' your internet connection, however they do this by recording all web-pages you visit to your hard disk, and access portions of them locally. I have a P/166 at home, and found this to be of little benefit, as the system's processor is what's really slowing you down. Not to mention the fact that boards like this are consistantly changing, making that process worthless.

    You may consider downloading a download manager if you havn't already, it'll save you from broken downloads, and such. this post if you're using netscape.

    Given advances in web-technology, your processor speed *may* be the culprit, however it's more likely that your phone lines are to blame. A very high percentage of internet slowdowns are a result of 'noise' in your phone lines, which causes the system to drop packets over an internet connection. There's little to be done about this, but if you don't mind paying the $35-$40 for high speed connectivity, that may be the route you'll want to go.

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: Surf Fast Program??

    How much RAM do you have? One sure way to speed up a computer is through the addition of RAM. [img]/w3timages/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Surf Fast Program??

    Thank you, Brian. In my bones I thought that might be a problem. Embarrassed to say, only 16MB Ram. As I said, it was an inherited puter (excuses, excuses).

    Thanks for your suggestion. Being a non-techie, the very thought of opening the computer is enof to send me into orbit. Probably better of 1)learning patience when using that machine; 2)better still, buying a new one.

    Have a good weekend, ACM

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    Yay! a Novel!!

    err.. that's &t on that switch.. and don't worry too much about damaging your system by opening it, worse comes to worse, you'll have to replace it, (sounds like an optimal fix anyways...) 2 basic rules to remember if you do venture to the innards of your system:

    1. Static is NOT GOOD.
    Rubbing your feet on the carpet before touching components in a sure way to fry your system in a heartbeat. While working on the innards of PC's, I always keep a hand on the case, or an arm, or anything to keep myself grounded from Static.

    2. Liquids are NOT GOOD.
    It's true, as much as it acts like it needs a caffeine fix, keep that cup-o-brew away from your puter! This rings true anytime, but especially with it's guts hanging out.

    You can always take the system to what I call 'outlet' computer stores, Circut City, Best Buy, etc... generally the 'experts' there will gladly replace your memory, but they may charge you for it. Should you decide to go it alone, you'll want to remove your old memory and take it with you before purchasing/ordering anything. There are many many types of memory, so you'll wan't to show someone with experience what you've got, and let them tell you what you need. Also, remember to write down or remember the number of memory slots in your computer. The only resource I could find, (not that I spent a whole lot of time looking...) is How To: Upgrading Old PC's
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.kingston.com/tools/umg/default.asp>The Ultimate Memory Guide</A>


    Hope this helps!

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