I guess, this laptop has intel VGA with shared memory?
Should he purchase two (2) modules of 2GB DDR2 800Mhz memory to help speed things up or would two 1GB memory sticks do the job?
Unless you get them at the same price, 800 MHz RAM is a waste of money. The chipset supports only DDR2-667.
2 GB should be enough, at least with XP.
Replacing both memory stick is somewhat tricky since one module is located under the keyboard. Get the service manual from Dell support website.
Are there other actions I can take to help speed it up? I have the laptop in my possession and can take immediate action. Thanks
Have you verified the HDD (and ODD) is running in DMA mode?
P.S. I've ran disk cleanup, defragged, CCleaner, Malwarebytes scan......
Why do people always think their system gets faster that way?
but it still will not allow a Youtube video or any other video for that matter (movie clip, etc.) to play without rebuffering numerous times. This aspect in particular is very annoying....not to mention the slow opening of web sites, etc.
Rebuffering could be an issue of the internet connection. If I remember correctly, then there is some speed test on youtube. What happens if a video is played from the HDD?
For Flash, make sure the latest version is installed - there is a version vor MSIE and one for Opera and Firefox.
Also install the latest VGA drivers. In case it's the Intel IGP, then get them from Intel website.