another slow pc question

  anthonystorey 18:21 03 Apr 2007

my mates pc was running very slow so he did the usual virus/spyware/cc etc but to no avail so i told him to reinstall xp which he did but the comp is still the same slow start up freezing/taking ages to open folders so im assuming its a hardware problem but what shoud he check first
thanks in advance

  Totally-braindead 18:26 03 Apr 2007

Firstly ask him if he reinstalled the motherboard drivers after he reinstalled windows.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:29 03 Apr 2007


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.

d) 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.

  anthonystorey 18:32 03 Apr 2007

i think he has a restore disc so the pc would be factory reset and to my knowledge everthing ran fine when he got the pc. sorry should have mentioned that earlier


  anthonystorey 20:41 03 Apr 2007

from my friends windows took 30 mins to start then just locked up tried to do a chk disk but pc would not shut down so swiched it of at the plug now it wont get past the windows loading screen

thanks in advance

  a.nonymous 21:25 03 Apr 2007

do u know how much RAM he has in the pc?

  anthonystorey 22:45 03 Apr 2007

hes brought the pc round to my place i did chk disk after 2 hrs it said inset disc a
a.nonymous it has 512mb of ram
thanks again

  anthonystorey 23:17 05 Apr 2007

it turned out to be a failing hard drive thanks for your help

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