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#1 metrypc

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 12:11 PM

Hello all,

I have a compaq laptop that is very slow at start up. The pc has 384 mb ram, 789 Mhz for speed, and it is an AMD 3000+ processor. Once it is up for about 5 minutes, it appears to be fine. Why is it talking so long to boot up at startup. I ran Malware and it found nothing, I defraged it, removed all of the cookies, files, etc before defragging. What can I do to have it run faster, better? Thanks.

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 02:02 PM

For starters, you might want to add more RAM.

What Operating System are you running?

If applicable to the Operating System, you might also want to check the programs and services that starts up using msconfig(System Configuration Utility) and disable some unnecessary programs.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 06:52 AM

Neither Hijack This nor msconfig...are tools designed for managing startups.

Msconfig is a tool designed for troubleshooting boot problems in Windows, while HJT logs are a malware tool.

There are tons of utilities which are designed to manage startup items, I've provided links to a few that I know of below.

AutoRuns for Windows - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx

Starter (for Startups) - http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-...k/Starter.shtml

Startup Control Panel - http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

Startup Inspector - http://www.windowsstartup.com/startupinspector.php

As with any program installed on a system...I suggest reading the instructions on how to use a given tool, before attempting to use it.

Additionally...some links which might be useful:

Startup Programs Database - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/

Startups (Pacs) - http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 05:58 PM

To start with your computer is very slow because it has very little memory, you should maximize your memory or get a new computer all together because it is very outdated.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:50 PM

Windows XP is what I am running. So you think I need more ram?

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 08:50 PM

I looked at that site. Can these services be cancelled? Here is the list that I saw:

For a Safer, faster XP Close Unwanted Services

To disable unneeded startup services for a safer, faster XP, use the "Services" Admin Tool (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services). If you are a single user of a non-networked machine, you can disable the following items, with no ill effect.


Alerter
Clipbook
Computer Browser
Fast User Switching
Human Interface Access Devices
Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
Messenger
Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
Remote Procedure Call Locator
Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
Server
SSDP Discovery Service (this is for the utterly pointless "Universal P'n'P", & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Telnet (disabled for extra security)
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Upload Manager
Windows Time
Wireless Zero Configuration (for wireless networks)
Workstation

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 03:09 AM

If you have installed a lot programs in the past and uninstalled them, you might want to consider cleaning your registry file. I think that makes a ton of difference. I use AML Free Registry Cleaner.

http://www.amltools.com/free-registry-cleaner-tutorial.html

Also, I agree with the above tips on controlling your startup items. The easiest way is to click START / RUN and type MSCONFIG and then UNCHECK the startup items box.
Best regards,
Garry Conn

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 06:31 PM

Ok, but how do I know what to unselect when I go to msconfig? That is what I do not know. Any advice?

William




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