I'm hoping to get some kind of answers for a friend of mine that I'm helping with his computer. His system is a Compaq 5280 (I think); 433mhz Celeron, had 96megs of ram (one 32meg dimm, that was the original in the system, and another 64meg sd chip), plenty of free hard drive space, etc. The computer is running Win98SE. Since the computer seemed to take a little long pulling up programs etc (lots of hard drive activity), I had made the suggestion of adding additional ram, that that should improve it alot. Well went to Comp USA and got some Centon ? 128meg SD Ram chips and added that to the system (took out the original 32meg and left the 64). The system resources didn't change but seemed to be a little bit lower (When I had checked it before the system resources were about 51-53%). So thinking that it was possibly that they Centon's weren't backwards compatible to a 66mhz bus speed, we went back the next night or two, and got a pair of PNY 100mhz sdram chips. Well.. to basically get to the crux of the problem.. having just the two brand new PNY Chips in there the system still is at around 47,48% or so.. and I don't understand why this is ocurring?? If you're wondering why I didn't leave the one original 64 meg Compaq dimm in there, I had heard that with Win98Se that there's some problem with Win98SE addressing or using properly any memory past 256megs.. (heard there's a patch out there, but don't know where to get it..
Anyway, if anybody out there has some brilliant ideas.. just have never seen an instance or heard of (in my limited dealings with computers) adding more memory to a system and it doing really absolutely nothing.. lol Thank you very much for anyone offering solutions, and take care and God Bless!
One of these days, I'll have to post a fun one on my now ancient Packard Hell that hardly works anymore.. but at least enough for this post..