I rec'd an answer to my question from the Slitherine forum
I need a faster system with win 7. 😉
Postby zakblood_slith » 07 Jan 2018 10:25
Is this a solve-able problem?
yes update your hardware and buy a new one, even the slowest and cheapest on the market atm will be leaps and bounds faster than the one your using,... i'm sorry to say.
so a out of date laptop, and old version of windows, onboard video with no ram and your wondering if it's fixable? answer is yes and welcome to the forum, you may not like the reply or answer though mind you, as it's not a software issue,...
640M laptop, win xp, 4gb ram, core duo 1.6ghz, 224 mb video ram
windows xp, so lets leave this bit out of the equation for now, and go to the roots of the issue
1.6GHz Intel Core Duo T2050 processor, the lowest of the low, a dual core, in a cut down laptop low power and low cpu version, at best, running off mains and with everything turned off, little to no background services running and with power saving mode and screen savers and a clean boot, it will work, but slow on the larger battles
4gb of ram on a 32bit o/s so only
Amount of virtual address space per 32-bit process, 2 GB (3 GB if the /3GB switch is added to the Boot.ini file)
x64-based versions, 2 GB (4 GB if the /LARGEADDRESSAWARE option is used)
and a onboard GPU acting as cpu and vga combo, so slowing both the cpu down even more to do the GPU part with no ram 224 mb
imo, do a fresh install of windows, only load a startup the programs you need to run windows, eg next to nothing, a clean boot
upgrade all drives to the latest version, clear out the boot log of anything it loaded by default.
get a game friendly AV, and use the built in firewall and leave it at that,
turn off screen saves and all power saving functions and run off mains, not battery, to make your cpu run at full power, not slower and make sure your running a 64bit version and not a 32bit one so at least you can use the ram in the laptop.
windows xp is 12 years old, so if the hardware is the same, which is looks that way, it's coming to the end of it's life and you have really had your money out of it 10 plus times over, time for a new one and you won't have the issues your having :oops: