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problem with external drive


lairey

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I have XP and have transferred 50 or so .pps files to an external drive. I can only open these files with Power Point Viewer which I would like to download and install on the drive but despite a successful download, I am unable to install. Have just read on a forum entry about a double ended cable for transferring. Would this be a way round my problem?

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Ian in Northampton

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Why do you want to install it on the external drive? Just install PowerPoint viewer on your C: drive and then navigate to the files. Or am I missing something?

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Ian in Northampton

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Oh, and - I have no idea what the 'double ended cable' might do. Aren't all cables double-ended...? ;-)

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lairey

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Ian, Thanks for your reply. I should have said a cable with USB plug on each end. I want to reduce the number of programmes on my C drive which is running out of space; 17Gb in use and 15Gb available, leading to a warning too often of "High CP Usage" with consequent freezing etc.

My theory is that if I shift some operations off my laptop, it will work better. If this is not so, I will have to reformat the secondary partition which holds a Linux programme and enlarge the primary, which I did not want to do.

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lotvic

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"a double ended cable for transferring" that's not applicable to your situation.

"17Gb in use and 15Gb available" you appear to have plenty of room on your C:\

"High CP Usage" with consequent freezing" Too many programs/processes running at same time, have a look in Task Manager to find out how many.

How much RAM have you got installed on your XP laptop?

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lairey

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Lotvic, Thanks for your reply. I have the max memory installed which is 1Gb. Will look at Task Manager but am reluctant to stop anything as I understand that some programmes rely on others, to help them operate. This is the way to go and I must find` out more about Task Manager and how it will resolve my problem.

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lairey

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Lotvic, Thanks for your reply. I have the max memory installed which is 1Gb. Will look at Task Manager but am reluctant to stop anything as I understand that some programmes rely on others, to help them operate. This is the way to go and I must find` out more about Task Manager and how it will resolve my problem.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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  1. Your .pps should run fine from the external drive if you have power point or power point viewer installed on the internal drive.

  2. Slow machine or High CPU usage - Make and model of machine?

How many start up programs running? how may tasks?

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/ Superantispyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/security/products/mse.aspx Avast http://www.avast.com/en-gb/free-antivirus-download

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different 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 start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. http://www.blackviper.com/

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) 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 http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=61905 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, Vista or Windows 7 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 Your memory could be failing try memtest

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 http://www.crucial.com/uk/ will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. http://support.gateway.com/s/Manuals/Desktops/8509270.pdf for a guide to fitting memory.

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lairey

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Fruit Bat /\O/.

What can I say except thank you very much for setting out in so much detail, the way to overcome my "High CPU Usage". The eqipment is an HP Compaq Presario, 1 Gb memory which I uprated to the max, OS is XP Home. Other commitments prevent me from getting to grips with this tonight but will get on with it tomorrow and post a reply with the result. Thanks again. Harry K.

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lairey

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Fruit Bat /\O/.

What can I say except thank you very much for setting out in so much detail, the way to overcome my "High CPU Usage". The eqipment is an HP Compaq Presario, 1 Gb memory which I uprated to the max, OS is XP Home. Other commitments prevent me from getting to grips with this tonight but will get on with it tomorrow and post a reply with the result. Thanks again. Harry K.

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lairey

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Have completed all the suggestions relevant to my system,increased the virtual memory by about 50% and am no longer bothered by the "High CPU usage". Machine has never worked better. Thanks to all who offered assistance especially to Fruit Bat.

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