VERY SLOW PC...WHY

  B.J. 22:38 17 Jul 09
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How come my PC is so slow now that it's getting to be a pain to use it ! I see other PC's that are razor sharp (bought years ago, plugged in and used. No cleaning done, no defrag no nothing) I'm cleaning, defraging, virus checking and still stay stuck with a very, very slow PC. Anybody got any suggestions please ?.....B.J.

  gourmand 23:09 17 Jul 09

Loads of things it could be, I would suggest you search the forum under "slow PC" of similar, it's a mine of information! One thing many people do not check though is to take the side off the PC and have a look at the heatsink on the processor to see if it is chocked up with dust.. This is often the culprit if everything else seems to be in order, the processor gets too hot and slows down.
If this is the case with a small artists paint brush and careful use of the hoover it can easily be solved, you may have to take off the fan if it is really bad.
Other than that apart from a virus scan, run spybot S&D and AdAware. Do a system file check to see if any of the windows files are missing or corrupt. Go to start-run and type sfc /scannow and have your operating disc ready.

Good luck

  woodchip 23:11 17 Jul 09

Windows updates can do this

  B.J. 10:50 18 Jul 09

Thanks Gourmand I've just tried the search on start/run but it doesn't work. I'll look at your help room suggestion.....thing is it takes ages to start up and I'm running CC cleaner defrag. virus searches etc...I think there is too much trying to get going at start up but I'm not sure what I can safely immobilise at start up.
B.J.

  spuds 11:44 18 Jul 09

Perhaps it as come to the stage of a complete reformat, remembering of course to keep reference as to what is essential on the computer for possible consideration of later re-installation!.

Remember also that 'add-ons' and similar same type programs can cause conflictions. So if you have added anything new recently, perhaps this is the reason for slowness!.

  DieSse 15:11 18 Jul 09

Not enough RAM - slow processor - if a laptop, performance settings not correct - too many programs/processes running - Anti-virus that impacts performance (many do).

For starters

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:46 18 Jul 09

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 :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
or
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubVistaXp 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/\ 16:46 18 Jul 09

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

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

ii) If you are using Windows XP or Vista, 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.

b) Drivers
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) Memory
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.

  B.J. 21:07 18 Jul 09

Thanks Fruit Bat. I think your right with the start up problem. I'm nervous about unclicking EVERYTHING but virus stuff for startup using msconfig or CC cleaner.Can I damage it's starting up ability by removing lots of Windows things ? B.J.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:12 18 Jul 09

Don't touch the processes under msconfig just the start up programs.

the blackviper site will tell you what services to remove for your particular version of windows.

  B.J. 11:12 19 Jul 09

Thanks FB. I'll do it.......B.J.

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