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BIOS issues and slow pc
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Posted November 18, 2012 at 11:30AM
My pC has been running slow for a while now IE especially takes an age to load the home page but all apps seem to take a hell of a time to load as well. recently I have noticed that when I re load from Hibernate state the progress bar for the BIOS stays stuck at half way for maybe a minute before finishing and then the OS load is paused for a significant time. after that all seems ok except for the general sluggishness. yesterday I had a Stop error that said page fault in non paged area and gave a code 0x00000050. there were also several hexadecimal addresses after it. PC runs XP home sp3. Kaspersky 2012, and is a Dell Dimension 521. Any advice would be welcome. Regards. Nigel
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Posted November 18, 2012 at 12:23PM
uninstall IE9 if you have it. Look under Windows updates and uninstall it. It will roll back to IE8.
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Posted November 18, 2012 at 12:37PM
Also Download and Run CCleaner to clear all the "rubbish" from your PC. Very safe to use and you will notice a considerable difference in speed in all departments. enter link description here
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Posted November 18, 2012 at 12:47PM
XP.Vista,W/7.Check how much disk space you have left and how much memory you have.
Have you run the likes of Malwarebytes to see if any problems on your computer.
Try device manager to see if there are any yellow exclamation marks and Taskmanager to see what is using up most of the CPU.System idle process should be showing about 97% if nothing is running which is normal.
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Posted November 18, 2012 at 6:03PM
a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
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/
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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Posted November 22, 2012 at 6:57AM
thanks for all that. I am going to work thru as much of it as I can Regards, Eric.
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