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Slow Startup, Slow Program Loads, Etc


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#1 bboyer32

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 11:09 AM

I am running Windows XP, and have a 2.4 gigahertz processor, itís always been a very fast system. RAM memory is 1 GB. 32GB of hard drive used, and 44 GB free. But now whenever I startup a program like Microsoft Word, Excel, and other types of programs, the computer takes about 5 seconds to load the program up, when it used to load it instantly. Itís not only the Microsoft Office programs that are slow to load.

I have also now noticed that if I am playing music on my computer through itunes ( I have an Ipod), if I use other applications, the itunes program begins to stop playing the music, freezes, crackle the sound quality. It acts like the processor canít manage all of the activity at the same time, which it never used to have a problem like this.

I keep an active copy of McAffee Virus on my computer and have run spyware programs, etc and other types of programs to diagnose and boost performance, but with no change. The computer is about 3 years old. I have defragged also.

Any thoughts?

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 11:19 AM

Hello, and welcome to Bleeping Computer!

Just curious:

ctrl + alt + del will bring up the Windows Task Manager. Click on the Performance tab. Here you can see the amount of CPU and memory usage. Experiment a little, and record what CPU levels are before you open itunes, and then see what it is after you open it. Also I am curious as to what the numbers are under Availalable Physical Memory when these things happen.

Like I said, experiment a little, record what happens, and report back here!
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Posted 08 January 2006 - 01:01 PM

When the computer is sitting idle without any processed running, the CPU usage was bouncing back and forth between 1% - 25%. But when loading another program it would reach 100%. While running itunes and playback of song, it would bounce mostly betweeen 30% to 100%. I'm sure that itunes is a bit of a hog, but I don't understand why it takes so long to simply load something like Microsft Word (5 seconds) when it used to load instantly. I'm running Office 2003 by the way...

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 04:31 PM

Good. Thanks for that. Now what do you see under Available Physical Memory?
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Posted 08 January 2006 - 04:50 PM

Many applications like MS Office will launch themselves on boot and run silently in the background until you want them. If you have made changes in which programmes launch on startup, you may have disabled this Office function (the trade-off is the your computer is slower booting).
The fewer things you have running in the background the more processing resources you have available.
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Posted 09 January 2006 - 05:26 AM

I have 522048 in available memory. 1048048 in total memory.

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 07:39 AM

Thanks for that info. I had to check the obvious first.

jgweed may be on to it with his post. Office normally takes a few seconds to start up. This is normal. It seems to open slower than other programs on average, unless it is running silently in the background. Then it will appear to open very quickly.
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Posted 09 January 2006 - 09:29 AM

I have minimized the number of programs that are started upon startup, but it still takes a tremendously long time to boot completely (at least compared to how it used to be).

Would it be worthwhile to backup all my files, and do a clean install of my windows xp?

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 10:59 AM

How often do you defrag your hard drive?
Maybe by eliminating the more obvious, we can prevent your having to reinstall Windows.
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Posted 09 January 2006 - 01:56 PM

I defrag regulary, no problem there...

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 02:06 PM

The fact that your computer takes longer to startup now than it used to, and yet you have disabled many programs from starting tells me that you either have some malicious software hidding in the background, or a program (such as your A/V) has some sort of problem, or both.

May I ask where do you get your music from that you are playing through itunes? If it is a file sharing service such as Kazaa then you no doubt have an infection. Or even if you borrowed a CD from a friend and they had downloaded music from such a service you will get infected.

What to do from here is the question. You could try uninstalling any program that you suspect of being the issue, or:

I would like to refer you to a guide here at Bleeping Computer that is intended for people to prepare for posting a HighJack this log. On this guide you will find lots of good instruciton of how to clean your computer. Follow ALL of the instructions. If you continue to have issues then follow the directions at the bottom of the guide and post a HJT log. HERE is the link to the guide.
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