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My Computer Is Running Slower Than A Snail!


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#1 mmlgoh

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:12 AM

My computer is running slower than a snail. Can anybody help me to speed this computer up? It's driving me nuts!! :thumbsup:

Also I try to play the Black & White game on my computer. But the game window closes before even starting. Why? :flowers:

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:15 AM

Welcome to BleepingComputer.com mmlgoh.
What secruity software are you running? What are the specs on your computer, RAM, Proccessor, hard drive(and unused space), and what version of XP are you using?
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Posted 06 July 2007 - 08:35 AM

A good place to begin fixing the problem is to read the "Slow Computer Checklist" found here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/44690/slow-computer/

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 09:02 AM

Welcome to BleepingComputer.com mmlgoh.
What secruity software are you running? What are the specs on your computer, RAM, Proccessor, hard drive(and unused space), and what version of XP are you using?


I'm using Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 128MB RAM, HDD size 19.5GB and 15.9GB free space Windows XP Home edition. When my PC was new the performance was good and fast but now... :thumbsup:

I'm using AVG Antivirus and Spyware Terminator

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 09:39 AM

After cleaning up your temporary files and defragging as suggested in jgweed's post you should use the two programs in the links below. Spyware terminator is not adequate and many consider no more than an ad/spyware platform. The programs below are free for the home user and there is a list of free programs that have been recommended by the members here in the last link below.
Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/

Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

After getting cleaned up, you should consider adding more memory. In my opinion 128mb is below what is needed.

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 09:38 PM

Window XP will run on 128MB or RAM, but even M$ suggest at least 256MB, and most everyone else soon realized that you really need at least 512MB. When you get into a application that is a bit of a resource hog and your RAM starts running low the hdd tries to take up the slack, and now that yours is significantly filled this is becoming a big problem. You hdd needs to maintain a small percentage of free space in order to operate in normal circumstances, when it is a full as yours is and this happens it will only slow the system more.

I would suggest doing the usual maintenance, clean out the dust inside the case, defag the hdd, delete cookies and histories..., but I would also suggest adding more RAM, transfer some of your files to either CDs or DVDs, or add another hdd.

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 02:59 AM

Welcome to BleepingComputer.com mmlgoh.
What secruity software are you running? What are the specs on your computer, RAM, Proccessor, hard drive(and unused space), and what version of XP are you using?


I'm using Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 128MB RAM, HDD size 19.5GB and 15.9GB free space Windows XP Home edition. When my PC was new the performance was good and fast but now... :thumbsup:

I'm using AVG Antivirus and Spyware Terminator

When your computer was new it had a clean install with minimum processes installed and running. I suspect you will not be happy with your computer performance until you increase your RAM to atleast 512mb. I would recommend 1GB, since the price of RAM is so cheap. If you only increased RAM you will see a huge leap in performance.
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Posted 09 July 2007 - 08:32 AM

When your computer was new it had a clean install with minimum processes installed and running. I suspect you will not be happy with your computer performance until you increase your RAM to atleast 512mb. I would recommend 1GB, since the price of RAM is so cheap. If you only increased RAM you will see a huge leap in performance.

My RAM IS 128MB according to 'My Computer'. I do want to upgrade my RAM but the problem is I'm having an RDRAM. Where in the world am I going to find this type of RAM?? :thumbsup:

This RAM is already obsolete right??

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 09:03 AM

Sites that sell RDRAM:
http://www.google.com/search?lr=&ie=UT...F-8&q=RDRAM

Crucial will scan your computer or you can enter the info for your computer and they will tell you the options for memory.
http://www.crucial.com/crucial/pvtcontent/...;memtype=CHOOSE

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 10:09 AM

It has to be installed in pairs.


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