Speeding up slow laptop

  daisy2bell 09:46 20 Jan 07
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I've got a Acer Aspire1400XC intel pentium 4 512MB SDRAM 20GBUltra ATA/100 HDD DVD/CD -RW
Used space 8.48 GB, Free space 10.1 GB

Despite using Ccleaner spybot Adaware A-squared SpywareBlaster and windows defender, it is running VERY slow. A defrag for instance with diskeeper 10 takes about 2-3 hours. I fact everything seems to take ages.
Is there anything else I could do or add which would spped it up, as it is very frustrating waiting for things to happen.
Thanks
Originaly it had 256 RAM but recently upgraded and added a further 256, but not made any diference.

  daisy2bell 10:09 20 Jan 07

I forgot to add it's FAT32, and when doing a defrag every now and again a popup appears saying that:
Could not find the file "swflash.ocx"

  gudgulf 11:07 20 Jan 07

Open up Task Manager by pressing Cont/Alt/Delete together and look at the Processes tab.

Scroll through it and look for:

1)The total number of running processes.

2)Any processes that are using a high percentage of the cpu.

Post the name of any process that is using your cpu on the forum.

What firewall and anti-virus programs are you using?

Have you installed any new software recently?

  gudgulf 11:08 20 Jan 07

Oops....that should read Ctrl/Alt/Delete.

  daisy2bell 12:06 20 Jan 07

Thanks for that. I will have to do this later as I need to go out.
Firewall Mcafee free through aol
AVG free

Will post with the other details later today

  daisy2bell 12:19 20 Jan 07

50 processes running
system Idle Process SYSTEM 95
and a few between 01 - 06

  gudgulf 12:31 20 Jan 07

"50 processes running
system Idle Process SYSTEM 95
and a few between 01 - 06"

That all seems normal.

The file swflash.ocx is from the Macromedia Flash player so maybe you have a problem with that.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:13 20 Jan 07

Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here

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).

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

  daisy2bell 15:34 20 Jan 07

Thanks Fruit BAT
Clean the registry : Done that with Registry Mechanic

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).

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

Done this as well

But unfortunatly it has made no diference at all.
Is there anything else which could be done.
i.e. could I reformat the HD from FAT32 to NTFS. Would the fitting a larger HD make a noticable diference.
Thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:36 20 Jan 07

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.

  daisy2bell 09:42 21 Jan 07

Thanks, I'll give this all a try. I'll try the formating ( NTFS ) first. I assume that this will wipe the HD and that I will have to back up first?

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