Thanks. Running Chrome on daughters laptop, had it on wife’s laptop for a while. This computer is just getting old, I fear.
Several issues can make your computer run slow.
I have used this Dell Optiplex GX110 for years.
Factors affecting operational speed:
(1) CPU speed (this is 1000 Khz)
(2) Memory (this has 500 MB RAM, doubling it would help)
(3) Percentage of drive capacity used (this less than 50% full)
(4) Windows updating (turn off automatic updates, let it notify, but select updating when not using it for other tasks)
(5) Amount of unneeded Temporary Internet Files (keep purging these regularly)
(6) Malware (purge these files regularly with SpyBlaster, Spybot S&D, and Malware Bytes)
(7) Registry control (Run Easy Cleaner regularly)
(8) Disk fragmentation (Defragment regularly)
(9) Scanning by Antivirus (Limit this to off-use hours)
(10) Resident programs loaded at startup (minimize to acceptable level)
(11) Performance of graphics processor (get fast GPU card w/ enough RAM rather than onboard processor)
(12) Data transfer (ensure best quality of NIC card; esp if wireless, make sure card channel not the same as 2.4 GHz telephone channel)
(13) Open only one browser at a time, minimize other concurrently running applications)
(14) FF and Chrome (may be fast, but are not recommended for secure operation. IE always the most secure)
(15) OS (Ubuntu a good, much faster linkup than Windows, esp for older, slower computers. Runs FF and Chrome browsers; can have Windows and Linux on the same machine)
(16) If you have another user online with you, data rate will be divided between the, hence both slower.
(17) Hard disk RPM (old PATA 5400 RPM, esp in laptop is slower than 7200 RPM; SATA faster than PATA drives)
I use Chrome for Free Republic and other blogs that are not so sensitive to security. Although I have several computers online (desktop & laptops) I have been using this old computer for about 7 years, and it was second-hand and "slow" even then. It's slower, but rock-steady in performance under XP Pro. And Dell desktops have been very quiet in fan operation, less tiring for the regular operator.
Maintaining best speeds always involves regular file housekeeping of the system. Don't rely on "we'll do it for you" products that also slow you down if they are always resident and running. One of the biggest slowers are the antivirus programs, unfortunate but necessary.
Is your XP on your Dell a Dell-provided OEM version with Dell-provided hardware updates, or is it just a generic version? Dell's version might be a little better.
Actually, if you are maintaining it well, it should not be any slower now than it was when you bought it. The three biggest factors for a laptop are:
o More RAM
o Offload rarely or unneeded files to CD or DVD disks
o Replace hard drive with faster RPM/larger capacity drive