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    Dell Dimension E521 Vista Home Premium 4gbs DDR2 ram WD 250GB HD Sony DVDRW Sony DVD
  1. Ha, ha, ha. Sorry. I didn't know I was going shopping when I posted my post Friday night. I started working on the computer again Saturday morning and thought I'd try and install 4 more Windows updates while I ran some errands and 2 hours later, when I saw it had installed only 4% of the updates, I told my husband I was giving up. He told me to go buy a new hard drive so off I went. I haven't run a pcpitstop test on the new hard drive yet but everything seems to be working quickly and fine. I don't really have any complaints except for trying to figure out how I can get all 4gbs of ram
  2. I decided to buy a new hard drive today and knock on wood, I think that's all I needed to do from the get go. Windows was up and running on the new hard drive in less then 15 minutes where as it took over 4 hours with my original hard drive. I'm in the process of installing updates and so far so good. Things are actually installing and then letting me reboot and get back to installing in less then a minute. This is a hugh improvement. I think I may run the pcpitstop test once I have everything loaded and see how I compare to other computers. Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
  3. I'm not really sure there's anything wrong with the windows install. My updates finally installed after 4 or 5 hours and then I decided to run the pcpitstop test again but I didn't save the link. It said the computer was at 35%. I just put the 2 sticks of ram that I thought might be bad back in and ran the test again. Now it says it's 31% which is lower then when I had the 4gbs of ram installed but higher then the test before I moved the ram around. I can't seem to figure this out or know what I should try and replace. Oh and I'm back to not being able to update the video card driver.
  4. I'm not quite sure what all that means but I'm assuming what's showing up is right so I don't have to worry about it. And I can't say for sure the ram that came with the computer is bad but it seemed as if it wasn't working as well as the ram I bought after buying the computer. I decided to try doing the windows update after playing with the ram and I'm still waiting for all 72 updates to install. I think I started this around 12:30 which is 3 and 1/2 hours ago and I've installed just over 50% of the updates. Maybe they'll all install before I go to bed tonight. I'm doing this with o
  5. Now I'm wondering if some of my memory is bad. I took out the 2gbs I added after buying the computer and tried to boot up the computer but it took for ever so I then tried to shut it down which also took a long time. I switched the memory that came with my computer to the 2 gbs I had just removed and it still took a little while to boot up but seemed better then when I used the original ram. I then decided to take the pcpitstop test again and it actually came out a little better using only 2gbs of ram instead of 4gbs so maybe this is where my problem lies??? I also went into my bios to see
  6. I couldn't run the chkdsk using the run command but I was able to scan the computer using the windows utilities and it came back saying I didn't have any errors. Before doing this, I decided to wipe out the computer again and reinstall the operating system manually so I wouldn't have all the extras loaded from the Dell restore partition. It took over 4 hours to reload everything. I then updated my chipset, "tried" to update the video driver, and installed drivers for my wireless connection. After running the chkdsk, I updated the Dell utilities, broadband, and my sound card drivers.I also
  7. Before I do all this, do you think it's just possible my hard drive is failing and nothing I do will end up helping? The reason I ask is because the computer was running fine up until the middle of January. Or at least it seemed fine and I hadn't done any type of maintenance to it other then trying to keep my software and drivers up to date, windows updates, up to date, and keep my virus protection working. I was using Kaspersky and not the trial McAfee that came with the computer. I was frequently using software from Pinnacle called Studio 11 where I'd import a personal DVD video to my
  8. I did everything except update the modem driver and ethernet card. I'm not really sure why it's saying I don't have up to date drivers since I updated them just the other day. In any event, I don't really use a modem and right now I'm not using the ethernet card so I'll forget about those updates for the time being. I didn't install sp1 since as I mentioned in the previous post, it's not showing up in windows update. Can I still update it? After doing all this and installing the new java application, the computer came to almost a stand still. It wouldn't do anything including let me res
  9. I'm about to get started on this right now but about SP1 and Sp2, I thought I couldn't update to either of those unless they show up under Windows update and neither one has shown up yet.
  10. I ran the updates which took for ever and it looks like the computer is worse. I keep getting a failed attempt to update the file that helps Vista computers recognize the fact that there's 4gbs of ram. That would be KB929777. Here's a link to my latest test. http://www.pcpitstop.com/betapit/sec.asp?conid=23359418
  11. I have a Dell Dimension E521 machine running Vista Home Premium. It will be 3 years old in March and a couple months ago, everything started running very slow. I couldn't multi task because it was too slow. Pages seemed to hang and I'd get a message saying what ever I had tried to open wasn't responding. Sometimes it would finally open and other times I'd start the task manger to close out the program. It reminded me of those dial up days when you could fold a load of laundry while you waited for a page to open. I decided to restore the computer back to factory settings, thinking this
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