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    Yah, this isnt o/cing, but I figure this was the best place to put it :D . My bro is home for college for Thanksgiving, and he has a Dell Inspiron 5100 notebook. It's a pretty damn good notebook for $1000usd: 2.4GhzB, 256MB RAM 1 DIMM, Radeon 7500 Mobility 32MB, 30GB 5400RPM drive, XP Pro, etc. He uses it basically for Word, Excel, IE, AIM, etc, but it plays Hitman 2 pretty well (my doing :D). Anyways, I do the upkeep for him, defrag, virus scans, ad aware, cleanups, etc. I went through the Windows XP guides here too. I was wondering, is there anyway else to tweak this laptop? Specifically, I'm looking at freeing up his limited RAM. RIght now its usually at 130MB use at idle. I know my normal comp uses 100MB, maybe 110 at idle. Is this characteristic of laptops or can I knock it down more? Thx alot for any input/suggestions, : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

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    I just ran PCMark2002, here's the score. Looks like HDD really sucks too, even tho its a laptop. This is evident when I tried to install other games to benchmark, they take forever. So, anyway to speed that up too? Thx, : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    oh yah, here's the pic :D :
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    For Win XP you can switch to the old windows GUI. The standard "fisher price" one uses more memory.
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    the HDDs in the Dell laptops run at (iirc) 4600RPM, probably the cause of the crappy HDD score ;)
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    so they are, I just checked it. Ahh well, he'll have to deal with it, I did as much as I could. Thx anyways mate, : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    if you already went through the guides here, i doubt there is little else you can do. However, have you gone though the startup apps and limited what was booting with the OS? If it's using that much memory when idle, it sounds like there is a good starting up with the OS.

    Although I can't think of any notebook specific tweaks, sorry :shrug:
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