My computer software is malfunctioning once a day, for the last 4 days


Mar 1, 2010
It is different software's that malfunction. I think it needs more memory or reformating or the processor is weak.

It is a Dell Dimension C521. Here's the specs. AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core. 2.1 Ghz. 2 GB of Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM (533MHz).

Memory DIMM slots: 4 available. 280 Watt DC Power Supply.

I think the graphics card is an 'Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE graphic GPU.' Vista ultimate 32-bit.

I think my computer is 3.5 years old. I multi-task. I leave my computer on for about 16 hours. I am not a gamer.

I don't do much graphics or multi-media encoding. Should I add more memory?

Thanks in advance.
All PSUs gradually deteriorate as a result of ageing capacitors. 280 Watts is not much to begin with, and adding a graphics card may not be the ideal thing to do.

About adding RAM - 533 MHz RAM is hard to find, and you may have to go with 667 MHz RAM (I have done this, and it worked ok). Slight improvement in performance. Install the 667 RAM in slots 1 & 2, the 533 in slots 3 & 4. RAM does not use much power, but graphics cards do.

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