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Slow Pc - Done What You All Say..

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#1 Gravyola


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Posted 13 June 2008 - 04:54 AM

Hey guys,

Just got a friends laptop to fix and, it was full of LimeWire junk. I've got rid of a few cookies and a trojan with Norton and, found nothing with SpyBot & SUPERantispyware. There is no more threats but, the laptop is still really slow on bootup and loading programs. Just incase, here are the specs:

eMachines W340UA.
Windows Media Edition 2003.
512mb RAM.

Is there anything you guys could come up with? I'm just going through what i would usually do, SpyBot & SUPERantispyware. Infact, i just thought it could be Norton Internet Security because that takes alot of RAM doesn't it?? :thumbsup:

Ohwell, if you guys wouldn't mind, i'd like some answers.

Thanks very much,


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Posted 13 June 2008 - 06:12 AM

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 06:03 PM

Is the CPU use spiking? Maybe go through this procedure.

Appears the most popular problem is with an IDE device reverting to PIO, I just had this problem with my computer the other day, the short story is:

-Go to Device Manager (right-click my computer, select manage, select device manager)
- Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller
- For each IDE Channel, usually Primary and Secondary, right click and select Properties, go to the Advanced Settings tab and look at Current Transfer Mode, if it says PIO then this is probably your problem.

Uninstall the IDE controller, scan for hardware changes, reinstall and check again, it should say DMA or Ultra DMA.

If your IDE channels are already running [Ultra]DMA then this isn't the answer, but a driver issue is likely, check for the latest BIOS and device drivers for your hardware.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 06:12 PM

You can try a Disk degrag, this program is alot better then what windows give you, its alot quicker to defrag with.
Can also do some disk clean ups, by going to start>my computer>local disk, and right click>properties>and there it will say disk clean up.

Hope this helps.


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