Here are some questions I like to ask for understanding "performance" issues. Look at items 5 and 6 in particular but answer all the rest as applicable:
0 > when did the problem seem to be begin?
1 > is it very slow to boot up?
2 > do programs open slowly?
3 > does the same behavior occur both on and off the internet. Or with no connection at all?
4 > does it matter how long the system has been on, and does a restart improve things?
Slow performance issues can often be due to overheating, so if the system is faster after it has been shutdown for a while and then restarted -- that would be especially suspect. To check for possible problems here, shutdown, open the case and blow out any accumulated dust. Then turn it
on and check to see that the fan is working. Sometimes it helps to physically clean the fan.
If a laptop, check to see that the vent is clear of dust and verify the fan is working. Temps and fan speed can usually be monitored with SpeedFan
(except on Dell desktops), a free utility.
5 > if you do a ctrl-alt-del, do any processes show excess cpu usage, other than System Idle Process?
6 > If you open the Device Manager (run devmgmt.msc
) and select the entry for IDE ATA/Atapi and select the Primary IDE > Advanced Settings, does it say the "current transfer mode
" is Ultra DMA or PIO?
If it says PIO or even just DMA (rather than “ULTRA” DMA, first ensure "Use DMA if Available” is selected, then select the driver tab and uninstall the driver and reboot. Then check again.
*note that the above will not apply to RAID drive configurations.
Do ctrl-alt-del to open up the task manager. Select the "performance" tab. Let me know what you see under: Physical MemoryTotal:
this is your total installed ram -- "physical" memoryAvailable:
this is the amt of real "physical" memory presently uncommittedCommit ChargeTotal:
this is the combination of total physical and virtual memory currently in useLimit:
this is the total physical and virtual memory availablePeak:
this is the most you have had in use in this session
Mod Edit:~Fixed Url and closed Tabs in Link~ TMacK
Edited by TMacK, 10 October 2007 - 03:04 PM.