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#1 tpm

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 10:36 AM

Graphics card or memory problem

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..or just too much going on here.
Hello all. I'm new to this forum so if I'm not posting right please let me know.
I'm running WinXp Home edition with a 1.99 P4, 1 gig ram, Nvidia Gforce 2mx vid card, 2 ~ 80 gig hard drives and IE7 as the browser. I will enclose an Everest report. (maybe not)
It seems when I first boot up the computer everything is running as it should, quickly refreshing pages, able to transfer over from one user name to another. However after a few users logging on to each of there own user names or when running a virus program scan like Nortons or Housecall the computer starts to become sluggish when attempting to go on and do something else. At times when switching from one user name to another the page will be mostly black when signing in to the new user with the exception of the top heading or part of the task tray. Shortly afterward the screen fully appears and is fine. Is this just to be expected or being the computer is almost 4 years old just old age. It has gotten worse over time. All virus scans are clean so that is why I believe the problem is in the hardware. When it does become this way a reboot solves the problem.
In trying to correct this I have adjusted my page file which I thought may have helped somewhat but not quite. The only other thing I can think of is my memory which is 2 sticks of 512 (the max for this mother board) are not exact. One being the original 2100 and the newer being 3200 I believe. But check the report.
One item on the report states..

I have a 19" flat panel monitor
**I Don't see an option to add attachments

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 11:29 AM

I'm no expert, but try checking the task manager. In the Performance tab check the CPU Usage. It shows a percentage.

Usually during a virus scan my computer gets sluggish. This is due to the usage being high. This means your computer's resources are being used more, and less is used on browsing and such.

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 11:35 AM

Thanks Hellish. Is there any way to improve the handling of the resource usage? I already have the maximum amount of ram, set my page file to another drive. could there be any hardware updates or is it what it is. ie: nothing I can do about it. :thumbsup:

When doing a Norton scan I did check my CPU usage and it was pinned at 100%.
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Posted 30 October 2006 - 12:02 PM

Scans will take as much memory as they're allowed to. I experience slowdowns when AVG scans my system - and I've got a 3 gHz P4 and 2 gB of RAM.

Schedule the scans for times when you don't need quick access on your PC and you'll be OK.
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