>Yikes... My darn ADHD. Sorry acklan, cleaning it up now. < Sadly that long blob of text was meant as help. O,o
I as well as my wife had run into the slow computer issues and here are some of the things I did to solve them. Thankfully we are running good now.
To start with was your computer ever fast to start with? I mean from day one did it seem to run slowly, and has gotten slower over time? Check your ram. If your low in ram the system will run everything slow even if you don't have an infection. Ram is cheap and easy to upgrade and makes a huge difference.
If you have maxed your ram or have enough, have you been inside your computer case? If so you may have a loose ram chip. Check that it is fully seated in the slot. Now, we are all set if the ram is not bad. And, I hope that things are running much better.
The other thing to check for those who upgraded things that draw power, is the power source.
If you have a dual or quad cpu... Are you using all of it? Some free third party cpu monitors will let you see if your dual core is use both cores for everything and the excess run over use then going to the second core. Or, is one core running all the system stuff. And, the other running the rest of your programs? That is how you want the cores being used most of the time.
Now, for those who want to tinker a bit more... :~)
Windows has performance counters for nearly everything. They hog system resources, and will slow you down a bit at startup.
exctrlst.exe is a tiny little program that allows you to turn off or on these counters hidden in WinXP.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...ab-793193604ba4 it is the link to that little program.
The other thing for those with 2 or more HD's keep everything not directly system related on a different HD, this will free up the system disk for system related things while any other HD will run for non system things.
These are some of my tricks I have used to improve my COWputer.
The Expert Noob
Edited by Kite, 25 June 2007 - 12:57 PM.