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Computer Running Slow Or Should I Say Slooooow

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#1 oceanis


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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:14 PM

My computer is about 5 years old: 1 Ghz processor, 30 GB hard drive, 256 RAM, XP Home, Norton antivirus/firewall/utilities. I regularly run Ad-aware and Norton runs a check up on a daily basis. My virus definitions are up to date. A few months ago I ran SmitFraudFix.exe to clean up the computer. I have also defragged to computer without much difference. I don't believe I have a virus, but every day my computer seems to run slower and slower. Most of the time the processor is running with nothing really happening. This did not happen suddenly; it just gets worse every day. I question whether I have programs running in my systray from startup that are causing problems. I tried to use Autoruns, but it didn't seem to find a blatant offender.

I do not consider myself a techie and am looking for help. I know my computer is old, but this hasn't always been the case. I am just trying to limp along until I can afford to buy a new one. I have about 24% or approximately 7GB free on my hard drive. I would paste the processes from Windows Task Manager, but cannot figure out how.

Please forgive my ignorance. Does anyone have any ideas?


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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:23 PM

u ever use disk cleanup?

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:25 PM

To me it appears that your computer does not have enough ram, I normally recommend a minimum of 512m with windows Xp, at least one gig to run good.

We need some more information about your machine, Make Model, what motherboard is in it, etc. As much information as you can obtain, we will be able to tell you the max ram and type of ram that your machine can use.
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Posted 13 September 2007 - 12:08 AM

Well it is an old computer. They tend to run slower and slower by day...

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 07:12 AM

Hi oceanis.

Has your computer slowed down ? Here's some good tutorials about what you can do:

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 09:33 AM

1. replace Norton with any of AVG, Avast or AntiVir antivirus programs.



2. replace Adaware with Spybot S&D and AVG spyware.


3. follow these cleanup instructions.


4. Add some ram if possible. It doesn't cost much and will improve speed a lot.

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 07:23 AM

"Windows Bloat" - a term that generally refers to the tendency of Windows to slow down as the installation gets older. Several "fixes" for it:
1) More RAM
2) Trimming startups
3) Trimming services
4) Removing programs
5) Registry cleaners (not a good choice - not recommended!!!)
6) reFormat and reinstall Windows

A lot of XP systems first came out with 128 mb of RAM - and system manufacturer's found that they'd quickly bog down. So they increased the RAM to 256 and still got complaints - but not as many. As the OS aged, it was found that 512 mB was the minimum that you reasonably expect Windows to run well on (but it still required a lot of maintenance to do this). Today we recommend a minimum of 1 gB for a "mature" installation of XP to function well.

FYI - RAM in older computers generally won't be usable in a new system. So you've got to make the cost/benefits analysis to see if it's worth it to you. The alternatives are either extensive maintenance of the system (items 2 - 5 in my list) or a format and reinstall of Windows (item 6) to restore it to "like-new" condition.

Unfortunately, either option takes a lot of your time. Steps 2 - 5 require a lot of reading, studying, and experimenting to fix things up (but you'll see most of the improvements early on), while Step 6 will leave you sitting at the computer watching Windows Updates drone on and on (the last I saw was about 95 updates are required after SP2 is installed) and even more time setting up the system that way that you want it (favorite software, online accounts, moving data around). Also, you'll probably want to backup all of your stuff before starting Step 6!

And, as I always warn my customers - all of this presumes that your hardware is good. If it's not, then all of the above is a waste of time. I suggest running a bootable hard drive diagnostic (usually available for free from the manufacturer of your hard drive), a bootable memory diagnostic (free here: http://www.memtest86.com/ ) and an evaluation of your overall system (here's the only free tool that I know does this (and it runs from within Windows): http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.html?dir...n=sware_dl_3264 )
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