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Creeping, Gradual Slowdown

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#1 fiveamrunner


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Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:21 PM

If I leave my computer (HP-Compaq Presario Pentium IV, 2.8 Ghz., Windows XP w/ SP2, 1 Ghz Broadband Connection), running for much longer than 24 consecutive hours, I notice an appreciable amount of slowdown. This is particularly noticable during sessions where I've run Photoshop 7. In fact, I've developed the habit of immediately rebooting once I close Photoshop, as it always causes sluggishness.

But whether I run Photoshop or not, eventually I reach the point where opening another window or application gives me the message that there is not enough memory to execute the command - which there should be, since I have 1Gig of RAM. This is especially true when someone tries to call me on the Voip service I use, Skype. I find I can use Skype with no problems once I reboot, but if its been several hours since my last reboot, I can usually count on problems.

I most frequently use my computer to access the internet and only have applications other than my browser open intermittently. It is rare for me to have more than three applications open at any one time - usually browser - (Firefox), Voip - (Skype) and maybe a work app, such as Photoshop or Word.

Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated - Thanks

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#2 Rimmer


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Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:36 PM

I don't think it's the cause of the problem but what's your free space on the harddrive?

Do some basic maintenance:
  • Clean your internet cache and temporary files:
    Click Start and Run then type in cleanmgr this will start the windows disk cleanup tool.
    Tick the boxes beside Temporary internet Files, Recycle Bin and Temporary Files then click OK

  • Schedule an Error Check (Scandisk).
    How to find scandisk: Start>My Computer. Right click the C: drive then Properties>Tools tab, click on Check Now. In the window that opens tick 'Automatically fix file system errors' and 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors'. When you click 'Start' Windows will say the error checker cannot run now and do you want it to run at the next boot? Click 'yes' and then reboot.

  • When that's finished reboot in Safe Mode and do a defrag.
    If you are not sure how to boot in Safe Mode there is a tutorial here: Safe Mode
    Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
    They will take some time but at least you will know your hard drive is working correctly and tidied up.

  • Check how much free space you have on your hard drive.
    Start>My Computer click once on your C: drive and look in the Details box on the left.

  • Reboot normally and see if there's any improvement.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:41 PM

Got to Start>Run>msconfig>startup and let us know what programs are running. How much RAM do you have and what is your Virtual Memory set at?
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