Baffled by slow PC

  kjrider 10:31 28 Feb 2009

Hi there

My HD with Vista home premium was a bit iffy (it would occasiobally crash and re-boot saying it was a HD problem) so i cloned it to another drive.

It was also a bit slow, so I removed all unused programs, defragged it, set off ABG and Super antispyware, used Ccleaner.

It still seems slow, and often comes up with the 'not responding' comments.

Its AMD 2.2Ghz and 2Gb Ram, with a new 160GB HD and a SATA 320Gb second drive for storage.

Any ideas please/


  user8 11:22 28 Feb 2009

Could do with more RAM as 2GB is low for Vista.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:34 28 Feb 2009

(it would occasiobally crash and re-boot saying it was a HD problem) so i cloned it to another drive.

you will have also transferred the errors across when cloning so now try doing a VISTA repair.

  kjrider 16:24 28 Feb 2009

Hi Fruit bat

Since the 'cloneing' I have had no HD errors or unwanted restarts. Have tried a vista repair, but it doesn't seem to make any improvement.

Would like to do a fresh install of Vista, but it won't let me.

The 2Gb of RAM seems to work OK.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:36 28 Feb 2009

Seems like you have done the software options


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) Divers
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.

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