Can't Solve Slow PC

  Legslip 23:33 26 Feb 2011

Don't really want to reformat as PC has some specialist Progs. loaded. It is a Dell Inspiron laptop which has a a Intel (R)M 1.7Ghz processor and a 50gb HD with 16gb data on. It had half a Gb of Ram and I have upgraded to 2Gb. I have run AVG, Superantispyware, Malwarebytes, CCleaner, Adaware and they have all found bits and bobs which I have cleaned and then run diskclean and defrag. Although better, I still think it's running like a dog. Any ideas to improve? Would a Hijack this report be of value?

  Legslip 23:38 26 Feb 2011

Oh, and have also run MSCONFIG and disabled, I hope, all unnecessary starup Progs.

  STREETWORK 09:59 27 Feb 2011

There lies the problem.

if you are running software like MS Office on this it will be very slow.

Try uninstalling as much software as you dare that you do not use. Run defrag and cleanup again. It may make a difference, but not much...


  birdface 10:14 27 Feb 2011

Could it be some of your drivers or chipset drivers needing updated.
If it runs better in safe mode it may well be that some drivers are needing updated.
My old computer ran like a dog as well and I increased the ram from 512Mb to 2 gb and it did not make any significant difference.
Make sure AVG is not running a scan at start up if so set it to run when you want it to run.
Also go into Task manager just to see what is using up your CPU if nothing running System idle process should be showing about 97% which is normal.
You will probably find that it is AVG that is running and using up most of the CPU.
Link scanner and resident shield are usually the worst culprits.

  birdface 10:25 27 Feb 2011

If you have the original XP disc or whichever one you use maybe run sfc /scannow and see if that finds any problems.
maybe a new host file would help.
Quite a few on here use this one.

click here

  LastChip 10:44 27 Feb 2011

as a long time user of AVG, but get rid of it.

I've noticed of late AVG has become a resource hog.

Personally, on the one and only machine I now still have running Windows, I run Avast, which I find just as good, but uses far less resources.

The latest version of AVG does not make it obvious how to un-install it. You need to run install (counter-intuitive) and then select the option to "completely remove".

My best advice is to download Avast or whichever new anti-virus program is your preference, disconnect from the Internet, remove AVG, install the new anti-virus software and then reconnect to update the virus definitions.

My experience is, it makes a big difference in speed of use of the machine.

  Legslip 11:01 27 Feb 2011

I have a Netbook with an Intel Atom processor and 1gb Ram and it loads twice as fast as the Dell. The Dell takes an age to go through the WindowsXP screen.

I'll try a few suggestions i.e replace AVG with Microsoft Security Essentials. Quite like that one!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:04 27 Feb 2011

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Malwarebytes click here
Superantispyware click here

Free Antivirus software
MicroSoft Security Essentials click here
Avast click here

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. click here

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 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, 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
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 selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Legslip 12:53 01 Mar 2011

I've gome through nearly all of the suggested (Can't do sfc /scannow as my disk is XP Pro & it asks for XP Pro inc SVPk3). Updated all drivers, checked NTFS. Virt Mem, Pagefiles, Spyware, Maleware and Uncle Tom Cobbly 'n All but it is still chronically slow to boot. Is the ONLY answer to reload Windows? Will a boot from my XP disk and a Repair Windows help?

  birdface 13:19 01 Mar 2011

Ok see if this helps. You have C Cleaner run that and then download the trial version of Winaso Optimiser update and run it.
It will only repair 10 items at a time so it could take a little while
Run the Registry cleaner first.
Privacy Cleaner.
Shortcut Cleaner.
System Optimizer.
And IE manager.
Then reboot and see if it runs any quicker.
click here
If you do not have an add-blocker I would download one.
Simple Ad-block is free.
And of course Flash and java latest updates and remove the old ones first.
You could also try command prompt and type in ipconfig /flushdns and press enter on the keypad it should tell you DNS Cache has been flushed if so reboot and see if it runs any better.

  Legslip 13:30 01 Mar 2011

Cheers Buteman. Will have a crack at these 2nite when I get home and report back.

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