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#1 Conquistador

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:17 AM

Dear Bleeping Computers,

With this problem I have gotten some feedback, but that was more towards viruses and the like. My computer refuses to go any faster and even has dropped to 300M in its Commit Charge (can that be a sign?). Now I do suspect the issue lies with the Processor, namely the BIOS, since I have confirmed it's not due to any virus or worm.
How do I verify my idea? I don't want to mess with the BIOS if I can help it, yet I can't have the computer go so slow. Whether it be a software or hardware issue, I would like to know. Can you help me?

System: Microsoft XP 32 bit Home Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 3

Manufactured by Compaq Presario with an Intel Celeron 2.70GHz and 1 GB of SDRAM

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:22 AM

How large is your hdd, and how much free space do you have on it?

The BIOS doesn't have any relation to the CPU, so this won't be your problem. The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia.

In computing, BIOS is an acronym that stands either for the Basic Input/Output System.

BIOS refers, in part, to the firmware code (a type of boot loader) run by a PC when first powered on. The primary function of the BIOS is to identify and initialize system component hardware (such as the video display card, hard disk, and floppy disk) and some other hardware devices. This is to prepare the machine into a known low capability state, so other software programs stored on various media can be loaded, executed, and given control of the PC.[2] This process is known as booting, or booting up, which is short for bootstrapping.

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 03:19 PM

Oh! Thanks for the info on BIOS. :thumbsup:

120GB (a capacity for 106GB) with 22.4GB left unused.

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 03:56 PM

Worth reading, IMO:

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

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

Whenever you deem the system to be slow...I suggest taking a look at Task Manager then...to see what is using up CPU cycles, etc.

You might also check Event Viewer for errors which might indicate problems needing attention.

How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/

Tip of the day Monitor CPU performance with Task Manager - http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=686

Tip of the day Use Task Manager to track memory usage Ed Bott’s Windows Expertise - http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=687

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 03:54 PM

grab something like CCleaner, Privacy Eraser Pro and run a cleaning. Then Scandisk Defrag Scandisk.

if its still slow,

download a copy of ubuntu burn it to cd, and boot to run a memory test (can take a while, grab a coffee, watch a movie, go shopping, take a nap, cook dinner, eat dinner, then come back...)

(do not install, unless you want to:) )

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 04:00 PM

I'm starting to think that the "sweet spot" for memory with XP has risen to 2 gB. This is due to the increased memory usage of newer programs. In most cases 1 gB will be adequate - but if you've got a lot of stuff running it just won't "cut the mustard".

Also, if Windows hasn't been reinstalled recently, you're likely to have a bit of "Windows bloat". That's what happens over the years as a Windows installation matures (gets older). The tips that hamluis posted are the most common way to retrieve the resources that have been sapped by bloat. But, IME, you'll never get back that new Windows smell unless you wipe the drive and reinstall Windows.

Still, the experience of finding out what's causing this and researching the steps to remedy it are very rewarding and will give you a greater understanding of how your computer works.
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Posted 25 November 2008 - 09:35 PM

just for knowledge there is also a program out there called "freeramXPpro' that 'optimizes' ram for xp I've used it before, but i dont know really how reliable it is. ccleaner and privacy eraser (when set to erase the swapfile) both do the same as that program (to a point)

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 08:13 AM

FWIW: http://www.windowsbbs.com/windows-xp/61016...optomizers.html

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