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Thread: Slow Running Comp

  1. #1
    sArA's Avatar Ex-Moderatererer
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    Feb 2003
    I am running a Dell P4 2.0, 256 Ram, 60gig HD with soundblaster and nvidia cards...should be ok as only using about 20gig hd with XPhome .... but....

    The system is getting slower and is crashing daily.....I have no viruses or trojans,

    Yesterday it told me that I was low on virtual memory tho can't work out why.... Today had to reconfigure the connection just to dial up.....

    Something is up, and I just cant work out why.......

    I am running a few emulators and games, mostly kids ones, and none were actually running when it said there was not enough virtual memory.

    Also, each time I boot up, I get a message about unable to connect to this site....which is odd I think, have checked my start up menu, and my explorer options and can't work it out....

    Not a techie I am afraid so I expect it will be obvious to you lot...not to me tho!

  2. Software & Hardware   -   #2
    do you know how big the paging file on your system is?
    if not, find out by right clicking on my computer, then the advanced tab, then settings in the performance box. then click on the advanced tab and look at the "total paging file size" bit. this should be set to approx 1.5 times your physical ram (768 in my case cos i have 512MB ram), 384 meg for you. click on change, and then check the custom size box. set the initial size to 1.5 times your ram and the max to 3 times your physical ram.
    this should stop your virtual memory problems.
    the best solution however, would be to buy another 256 meg of ram. this would be cheap and would speed up your comp quite a bit

  3. Software & Hardware   -   #3
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    Apr 2003
    I think you should defragment your hard disk. You should also consider adding more ram as amphoteric88 said. Check out the prices and you will see it's quite cheap.

  4. Software & Hardware   -   #4
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    Dec 2002

    do the full test.

    also, right click on "my computer" go to 'properties'. then go to the 'hardware' tab. go to 'device manager' go to 'ide ade/atapi controllers, and go to 'primary ide channel'. then go to 'advanced settings' and tell me if it says it is PIO mode, or DMA mode.

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
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    Like somebody1234 mentioned, defragment your HDD. What's the speed on your HDD -- it might be something crap like 5400rpm. Modern ones are capable of 7200rpm. And what interface are you using ... EIDE, IDE?? If in doubt then upgrade to SCSI or RAID level 5.

  6. Software & Hardware   -   #6
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    You have a fantastic machine
    but none the less;

    1.Get more RAM

    2.TWEAK your machine at :

    3.Learn to clean your registry with
    a. Regcleaner (free):
    b. Registry healer (not free) :
    c.Norton Utilities has some easy cleaner fix tools

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #7
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    Sep 2002
    Last but not least, make sure to run a Disk Cleanup (part of windows, under system tools) -- it should EMPTY your temporary internet directories (old web pages, etc...) and windows\temp directory, which if they have a lot in them can cause boottimes to balloon to over 5 minutes.

  8. Software & Hardware   -   #8
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    Mar 2003
    It seem like window just needs a good damm clean out
    and a lot of invalid filenames and shortcuts corrected or deleted
    if u can't do it manually tri norton utils
    and a good reg cleaner and defrag and stuff
    plus the mem upgrade

  9. Software & Hardware   -   #9
    BTW, win xp home takes up less than 4 gigs of space...are u clogging up ur system with lots of downloads? Also, get a program like Ad-aware to get rid of lots of ad-related problems. There are probly ad things like SaveNow and Gator running that only slow u down.

    Dell puts a bunch of crap on there too that u dont need. I would recomend reformating ur Hard drive and reinstalling. It only takes about an hour and a half.

  10. Software & Hardware   -   #10
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    Mar 2003
    m8 i just though of something else u could tri
    xp has a build in verifier
    go to the start>run and type verifier choose the standard option
    automaticly check all drivers on this computer> finish
    It will then reboot and vigorously test all drivers, system files
    system software drivers like a/v and shit for curruption incompat
    bad on
    when its finish and windows restarts if there's any major probs
    it will most prop start crashin ur comp or hanging..if so boot in to safe
    mode find the driver or prog giving trouble and update

    Tri not to forget to turn verifer off again as it may slow ur comp down to a crawl.. go back to start>run>verifier>delet all settings

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