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Intel Pentium dual CPU e2200 @ 2.20 GHZ
memory 2g (expandable to 4g)
System type: 32 bit OS
It looks like it has about a 300G HD in the C: drive
and a 16g recover drive D: and it's running Windows Vista.
Is there anything I can do to help speed it up, and avoid buying a new computer?
It runs pretty good for what it is, but I am going to be hopefully soon making the dive into Lightroom, so I want it to be as fast as possible.
I currently only use ViewNX2 since it came with my camera, and there is about a 5-10 second delay when I adjust exposure, and white balance. If it lags with my current program, I can only assume it will be worse with LR.
Im completely ignorant when it comes to computers, so I could use all the information and help I can get.
Enter you service tag on the dell support page and you can find out the original configuration of the system was and use that information to purchase additional memory.
If you have issues determining what you need PM your service tag number and I'll see what I can find out for you. Please do not publicly list your service tag.
How do I know if my computer is even able to support 64 bit? If it is, is it difficult to upgrade to a 64 bit OS?
If you are in a position to return it and get a better machine, I would. And I know it is a pain, but digital photography is what it is and the computer is as every much a part of the process as the SLR and lens IMO. If not, give it a go and see, it might be okay - I am no computer whiz.
Also I'm not too sure why Dell put 32 bit operating system on that CPU since it is a 64 bit CPU.
Regardless Photoshop and Lightroom will run. But maybe not at the same time, and you may have some slow downs during saving and adjustments loading, but it will work, even if you don't upgrade anything.
Anyway that is my $.02
1. max out the ram
2. install windows xp / 7 ( everybody knows somebody who has a (free) copy of windows shhhhhhh.
3. keep all your media on a external hard drive
It might not be the fastest machine out there but it doesnt matter, use it, enjoy it.
100-400 f4.5.6 IS
I think I will be attempting to add RAM to the computer. I will just have to figure out what type it takes, but I'm sure any store could assist me with that.
Unfortunately I do not know anyone with Windows 7. So for now, Ill have to make due with Vista until I can find someone who will let me "borrow" their Windows 7 disk.
Currently, the only thing I did was a complete system reboot to reformat the computer to how it was when it was taken out of the box. The only programs I installed are the ViewNX, and McAfee Security Suite. Other than that, I always keep all media, photos, music, video, etc. on an external hard drive, which I will need another of to back everything up.
Again, thanks for all the help. You guys, and ladies if applicable, are awesome!
You can get a second harddrive (internal), Move all photo files to this drive.
Done with hardware. (Trying to keep cost down)
Other things: (Problem here is you are a user not a geek)
Disable “System Restore” (ONLY if you do regular image backups)
“Page File” Either split it between the two drives or try running the system with no page file, only after you bump that ram up to 4 gig. Running the system with no page file is not recommended by many and of course every system is different it might give you a message running out of memory or perhaps crash in the middle of something (of coarse then you know you have to run it) But I have been running my machine Vista Ultimate 4 gigs of ram for a few years now without a page file. I run LR with no problems while maybe leaving Outlook, Google Chrome, and other things running have never had a crash. Bottom line one way to find out, try it. But ONLY if you back up your data files on a regular basis.
There is really allot of things that can be done there is no perfect answer, an ssd and Win 7 and ram and a extra drive is cool but IMO at that point night as well just go for a new system.
I would try at first, bump the ram, try running without a page file and go from there. If you have a internal or external drive get your data files (photos in this case) onto that one.
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