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#1 monika

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 03:19 PM

I have been experiencing problems with slow starting of the computer lately but today when I turned it on it started loading up windows xp and never got past this stage. I ran all the antivirus and antispyware programs recently and it did not find any particular virus. Do not know what else it could be. Have got lots of info in the computer and need to retrieve it (no backups made!!!)...is there any way in case I never get the computer working again (I suppose this can happen)...how to connect my old hard drive with my laptop???

Thanks guys for your help...you rule...

Monika...xxx

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 10:00 PM

Set your BIOS to boot from the CD drive, pop in a Linux LIVE CD, reboot, and put all your files on a thumbdrive.

Edited by madman6510, 01 February 2007 - 10:00 PM.


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Posted 03 February 2007 - 05:36 AM

Hello,

the computer will not boot from CD, if I change it in BIOS it just starts from hard drive again as usual, do not know why this happens...as well...if I have windows as an operating system why using Linux CD...I am afraid my computer experience is only limited...

thanks for any other help...xxx

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 11:16 AM

Please somebody help...I cannot even switch the computer off now..the other day I thought it was completely gone it just would not load up for the whole day, I rebooted few times then let it run to see if it would come up in maybe few hours but nothing happened...don't know what to do with it...please help someone...

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 12:04 PM

You better go to a computer shop and ask them to built the hard drive into a USB hard disk case. In this way you can easily transfer your data from that harddrive to your laptop. YBefore doing tha you might want to consider the following steps :


• Defrag your system. Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when a file is opened. Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on the hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. This speeds up reading and writing to the disk. Read "The Importance of Disk Defragmentation" for instructions.

• Check for disk errors by running CHKDSK. CHKDSK can be run from the Recovery Console, the command prompt or through the Windows GUI.
To run chkdsk from the Win XP GUI see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the command prompt see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the Recovery Console see these instructions.
The problem with running CHKDSK from Win XP is that it will not check files that are being used by Windows. Using chkdsk in the Recovery Console with the /r switch is a way to resolve this.

• Check for damaged, altered or missing critical system files by running the System File Checker. If SFC discovers that a protected file has been damaged, altered or missing, it restores the correct version of the file from the cache folder. You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to run sfc and it may ask you to insert your XP Installation CD so have it available.

• Clean up your hard drive by removing unused programs and transferring old data, pictures, music files to a CD or an external hard drive. When you have moved/saved the files you want to keep, run Disk Cleanup and let it scan your system for files to remove. "Don’t clean out the Prefetch folder" - This is a common myth that will not improve performance.

• Check for any unnecessary running services. If you have a typical installation, many services are configured as "automatic"; that is, they start automatically when the system starts or when the service is called for the first time. Use "Black Viper's Services Configuration" to help fine tune this area.

• Check for any unnecessary applications loading at startup when Windows boots with MSConfig. Some startup programs are necessary so be careful what you disable. If you are unsure what any of the startup entries are or if they are safe to disable, then search one of the following Startup Databases:
Startup Programs Database
StartupList Index

Note: MSConfig.exe is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose system configuration issues. Although it works as a basic startup manager which allows you to enable/disable auto-start programs, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable startup programs.

A better alternative is to use a startup manager. If you have have Spybot S&D 1.4 installed, launch it, go to Mode and select Advanced. Then go to Tools, select System Startups. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup. This will allow you to experiment and see how your system performs with any of them disabled. Other startup managers you can download and use for free are Startup Control Panel, Autoruns and Starter by CodeStuff.

• Remove any third party "Memory Manager" or "Optimizer". Windows XP memory management was designed to make the best use of Ram and these memory management utilities defeat that purpose. They push applications out of RAM into the pagefile, creating holes in the RAM and by doing so, slow down your computer.

• Disable some visual effects. While visual embellishments that may be attractive, they don’t do anything else for you. Disabling some of them frees up system resources and makes the operating system perform better. Right click My Computer, choose > Properties > Advanced, click on "Settings" under performance...UNcheck all the visual effects, except for the last three. Click "Apply", then "OK", then "OK" again. Then right click your desktop and choose > Properties > Appearance > "Effects...Uncheck the first two boxes and hit "OK".




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