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Old 06-27-2016, 11:40 AM   #1
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I recently took up repairing an old Dell Dimension e510 I had sitting around to give to a younger relative. I noticed that the system seems to be moving very slowly. I know that the max RAM spec'd is 4gb (4 slots x 1gb). However, crucial.com shows max of 8gb. Out of curiosity I loaded up 4x2gb sticks to see what would happen. BIOS recognizes all slots with 2gb, but the system will not load windows with 8gb installed. I took out 2 sticks, and am now running 4gb (2x2gb). However the system seems to be running very slowly. Could this be cause by the RAM? Or is it more likely to be a HDD issue? I went to the Dell site and tried to run their SupportAssist app, which checks all your drivers and hardware which is supposed to take about an hour but twice, I have let it run for 6-7 hours and it was still not complete. It seems to get hung up when it is running diagnostics on the HDD as well. Well, that's my problem in a nutshell. Let me know what you guys think
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:05 PM   #2
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The system running slow is probably not related to RAM unless the system is using all of the physical memory and having to swap to the disk a lot. It could be a hard drive issue if the diagnostic is hanging when testing the drive.

If you want to reset the PC, I'd suggest doing a factory restore which will delete everything on the computer and put a clean operating system back on along with the drivers.

If your system has a recovery partition you can typically restore through the alternate boot menu (F8) before Windows loads or using the Dell recovery utility installed on the PC. If you don't have a recovery partition you would need an install disc.

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Hi there,

It's possible that the hard drive is bad on the computer. I recommend downloading a great HDD diagnostics utility called "Seatools" which can be found here = SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

Install Seatools on your computer, test the HDD, and see if Seatools post any errors. If so, then the computer HDD needs to be replaced.
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I will try to do the restore if nothing else works. I found a couple new drivers to try to install and I ran chkdsk and DELL HDD diag tool, which has actually sped the system up considerably. For some reason SeaTools won't run on that system. It gives me a pop-up about a bad DLL or something. But chkdsk said everything is okay, so I'm willing to take that. I will keep posted, but I think I am almost there. Thanks y'all.
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