Slowed to a Crawl

  SABRE 10:24 22 Apr 03

Our company accounts office has three PC's linked to a server, all with AMD K6 3D processors and 64mb RAM running on Windows 98. They all seem slow,but one PC in particular is down to a crawl. It takes about four minutes to boot from a cold start and is also slow when loading an application i.e. Word. Is running Norton Systemworks but would not think that this should impact in such a drastic way. Any advice?

  MichelleC 11:53 22 Apr 03

How often do you run scandisc and defrag? Also clear out temp and temp internet files (1st). NSW shouldn't slow. You can use it's utilities to speed things up too.

  TommyRed 12:04 22 Apr 03

Have just, this morning, done all of the above plus emptied recycle bin cos' my PC was really slow, now it's on Viagra!!

  Camille 12:29 22 Apr 03

I've just looked in my temp file and there's LOADS in there - even applications! How do I know which can be emptied?

  TOPCAT® 12:42 22 Apr 03

process too? You can use the WinMe defrag utility which is much faster than the Win98 version.

click here for full instructions and to download the defrag.exe file for WinMe. TC.

  TOPCAT® 12:49 22 Apr 03

C:\Windows\Temp file folder.

Right click and sort by date. Right click file and check date in Properties. It's okay to delete files that are over a week old. TC.

  Camille 13:17 22 Apr 03


  SABRE 08:51 23 Apr 03

Thanks for the responses but had already cleared Win. Temp files out and defraged using Norton (it is part of systemworks) but still performance is awful. What about slamming another 256k RAm in the machine?

  DieSse 09:17 23 Apr 03

Run DiskClean to make sure all your redundant files are gone (inc internet cache) - try click here System Mechanic for a safe system cleanout.

Also try running a good hard drive diagnostic - a failing hard drive can cause dramatic slowdows, as it can lead to much re-reading of the HDD to get it's data off. For disk diagnostics appropritae to your HDD, visit the manufacturers site - and/or try the Seatools download (see Downloads section of this site).

  DieSse 09:18 23 Apr 03

PS - Norton in 64Mb RAM will impact your system badly, but shouldn't make it worse than other similarly configured systems.

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