How to cut down on RAM usage and problems with internet connection...
Okay, first of all, I was wondering on how I can get my computer running fast again. I've gone to msconfig and have turned off a few start-up items that I researched and realized that I didn't need, but how do I keep from my RAM being eaten up? Do the services listed in msconfig eat the RAM up? The list is really long, and no matter where I look I get differing opinions as to what should be done. Some people say it's just best to leave it alone and just buy more RAM for the harddrive. Others say to stop some running processes, but they are unable to tell me which ones NOT to run. I've downloaded a free version of "The Ultimate Troubleshooter", but that doesn't help in the advice department since it only comes with paid product.
So what should I do? I've defragged, cleaned up hard space, run anti-spyware and anti-virus programs, and turned off a few start-up items, but my laptop is still running quite slow at times. Should I just go out and buy more RAM (I currently have 512MB). If I do, how much more should I buy and how much would it be? Should I stop some services?
Also, another question: my internet speed works funny at times. The connection speed is always the same (100MB), but sometimes the amount of packets received takes a while to build up, leaving me with long waiting times for the pages to load. Why does this happen? Usually, I'll just go ahead and move my ethernet cord to the other port in my room and reconnect - that usually fixes the problem, and I'm able to connect quickly to pages. But that becomes a pain in the butt when I have to switch ports every other day just to be able to visit pages without having to wait two minutes for them to load.
What is the relationship between packets received in the activity seciton under "Local Area Connection" and the amount of time it takes to load a page? And how can I prevent this from happening so that I don't always have to rely upon changing ports? Is it related to the RAM problem I'm having?
I appreciate any answers anyone can provide.