Posted 24 January 2006 - 02:00 PM
Hi there, im having trouble with a slow PC, im going to see my techie uncle in a few weeks and right now im runnign through all the utilieites i can think of, defrag, anti spyware ect cause im pretty sure my uncle will ask me if ive done all this before ive seen him.
Anyhow, when i play games or play movies the computer regularily slows down. When im on world of warcraft, i have 0 lag, but the computer struggles to load everything on screen one by one, and freezes when there is a lot to load.
Mind u this is the same computer that could run planetside full detail without a hitch, no lag even in mass battles.
my comp aint the greatest and is pretty old, general specs:
Intel 2.4ghz processor
37.5GB hard drive
Radeon 9600 pro video card
So i did some research and i found a little utility called clear info, it shows memory load and other system stats.
Well when i add up all the memory use in my task manager, the average is around 120 mb in normal windows operation, which sounds pretty normal to me. But when i look at the commit charge it shows a usage of 350mb. Clearinfo as well has conflicting data, 260/512mb ram used, 352/1251mb used on virtual memory. For an idle computer with no active programs running thats insane.
Before the reading i took above i did a number of things:
cleaned up the registry with regseeker, no problems noticed allthough i lost a few fonts in MSN messenger.
Updated Norton Aintivirus scan found one worm, but the worm remover tool didnt find anything.
Diskeeper reduced fragmentation from 40 to 30 ish %. But was unable to consolidate the free space and wasnt able to do anything about the big files.
So as it is now im stumped, the system is consuming far more memory than it should, and is not using the onboard ram to its full potental before drawing on the virtual memory to pick up the slack.
Any idea how to fix this?
In a possible related matter my onboard soundcard has been very choppy, the driver version of my realtek ac97 audio was listed as 0.0, so im downloading the latest driver for it now as a possible fix.
Ill check back here later once systemworks finishes installing and i defrag this comp.