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Computer Running Super Slowly

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#1 matt4235


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Posted 16 July 2008 - 11:08 PM

my dell dimension e310 is running so slowly, and i cant figure out the problem. its only running at 10% most of the time, but acts like i have 10 things running at the same time. i intalled windows defender, symantic antvirus, and ran all sorts of anti spyware programs but nothing is helping. i wanted to se if you guys had any input before i just reboot and start all over. other than running slow- there seems to be nothing wrong at all. thanks in advance for any input

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 01:33 AM

There are a lot of things that can make you computer run slow, so let's just look at a few of these first.

How large is you hard drive, and how much free space do you have on it? A hdd needs to have at least 15% free space for swap space, if it doesn't this will bog the computer down. You can find this out by going to Start> My Computer, and place the pointer over the C: drive and leave it, the free space and total size will be shown.

How much RAM do you have?

When was the last time that you defragged your hdd?

I see that you have been running scans, but are you running them in Safe Mode? Safe Mode is a special mode that has a limited amount of applications and is ideal for running these scans as some infections may be able to hide in normal scans.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 02:59 PM

i already defragged a few days ago, and the hard drive is 160, and is probably only using 30. its my parents computer- so they dont have much stuff on it.
any other advise?
otherwise its reboot time :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 03:26 PM

Slow Computer - http://www.theeldergeek.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=22278

10 Reasons Why Your Computer Runs Slow - - http://www.bestsecuritytips.com/xfsection+...rticleid+43.htm


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Posted 17 July 2008 - 05:52 PM

Your hard drive may be set to the wrong mode.

1. Right click My Computer select properties
2. Select the Hardware tab and click device manager
3. Expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers group
4. Double click Primary IDE Channel
5. Select the Advanced Settings tab
6. What is the current Transfer mode for Device 0?

If the mode is set to PIO Only select the driver tab and click Uninstall
This will uninstall the driver and reboot the system. Upon reboot the driver will be replaced and you should be using the correct setting.


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Posted 17 July 2008 - 07:59 PM

If your Dell has a diagnostics partition, run those tools (especially the hard drive test). That may reveal something.
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