Slow Slow and Slower

  gmpy 20:16 02 Sep 06
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Hi I am running XPpo cpu ATHLON 1800 ON TO 80GIG hd
IT STARTED RUNNING SLOWLY ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO AND GETTING SLOWER I HAVE RUN DEFRAG. CLEAN UP, CLEARED THE OPTIONS IN INTERNET EXPLORER RUN ADWARE AND SPYBOT THE PC IS NOW TAKEING THREE AND HALF MINS TO START
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO ??

  Jackcoms 20:19 02 Sep 06

The first thing you can do is turn off your Caps Lock and stop shouting at us

  bruno 20:50 02 Sep 06

Check which programmes are starting up and see if you need them all.Have you added anything recently which may have added itself to that menu?Why don't you try a system restore to a time before the slowness began.

  bruno 20:51 02 Sep 06

I meant to say progs in the start-up menu.

  wotbus@ 21:01 02 Sep 06

Jackcoms is really trying to help you in his/her own way. Typing in capitals would appear to imply you are shouting but if you take half an hour to pose your question with one/two fingers and you were unaware of the noise factor anyway then relax - I never heard anything even with my speakers on ;-)
Is your HDD getting a bit full with hefty software?
80G is not so much these days.
Try running CCleaner click here
it's amazing how much bloat this clears out. Caution before you run it though - if you like to keep things in your Wastebin and hang on to your Cookies, make sure the box for both is cleared or CCleaner will remove contents of both by default.

  woodchip 21:04 02 Sep 06

Have you checked to see if disc space is reducing. If it then look for a Virus

  wotbus@ 21:07 02 Sep 06

Ahh - did you mean "Two" 80G HDD's, then that's different as you would appear to have plenty of spare capacity.

  woodchip 21:24 02 Sep 06

Even with plenty of Space Virus will slow it down. But a Virus can be recognised as they create new files and replicate all over the drive. A close watch on free space will tell you a lot on what is going on

  gmpy 21:32 02 Sep 06

Hi helpers
Sorry about the caps lock
one hard drive 60..60 not 80gigs.... 27used 29free
System restore ..as all my progs seem to run fine though slowly.i am reluctent to go so to speak
the virus thing sounds OK but none of my nets show any or one
Silver surfer so please treat me as a diddyman!!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:19 02 Sep 06

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
MSoftAntispy Beta click here
Ewido click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
or
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:20 02 Sep 06

2. Hardware

a) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

b) Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

d) Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

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