I have a Pentium 4 3.6 GHz, D945GCR Intel board, no external graphics card and 1GB ram pc. Recently I got it upgraded from Win 7 to Win 10 (after years... only to see how it works!). But I can't do "heavy" or multitasking jobs any more, which is normal. But then I tried to get Win 8 and still video playback for all file types is non-responsive.

What should I do? What could be the best possible OS (can be Linux distros or anything)? Also can I upgrade RAM or graphics or any other tweaks?

  • 1
    What player are you using, and what codecs have you been trying?
    – Jonno
    Mar 2 '16 at 7:59
  • Is a RAM upgrade out of the question for you? You have two RAM slots on your board and the Intel website suggests you can go to 2GB without updating the BIOS.
    – Burgi
    Mar 2 '16 at 11:07
  • Try download and installing MPC-HC player before you upgrade any hardware, and try to play videos using MPC-HC. Mar 2 '16 at 12:48
  • What videos are you playing? 480p ? 720p?
    – user556070
    Mar 2 '16 at 17:05
  • 1
    Also if it is the Intel D945GCCR Motherboard, then you can upgrade up to 4 GB ( 2 x 2 GB). memorystock.com/memory/IntelD945GCCR.html
    – user556070
    Mar 2 '16 at 17:06

A lightweight Linux distro would be a lot more efficient - There are a number of them LUBUNTU is a lightweight Linux variant which would fit your needs.

You might be able to improve performance by upgrading the memory (certainly 1 GB of RAM is very much on the low side), and getting an external graphics card - if you can find old enough ones - but its almost certainly a waste of money - a US $250 low-end notebook will run rings around a P4 system, and if you use it more then occasionally will pay for itself in power savings alone.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.