Computer slow to respond

  william16 11:34 28 Jan 2007
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Our computer slowed down considerably recently in starting programmes and loading internet pages. I checked for viruses, it was clear. I also run a spyware and Trojan scan daily and remove any suspect items. Some time ago, my son's friend set up 5 additional virtual drives apparently for playing music and DVDs. But they are hardly used!
I checked system information yesterday, brief details below:

System- XP Home dition
Available hard disk capacity- 32GB approx.
Total physical memory- 256MB
Available phydical memory- 51.55MB
Total virtual memory- 2.00GB
Available virtual memory- 1.96GB

Does the above information indicate why the system slowed down and is this related to the virtual drives created? Any other possible reason?

Awaiting your response with thanks

Best regards

William

  The Brigadier 12:01 28 Jan 2007

Looks like you PC needs more RAM to enable it to work quicker, 256MB is not really enough. Suggest you buy a 512 RAM Memory module to help your PC run quicker.
Have a look at Crucial for memory for your PC click here

  The Brigadier 12:02 28 Jan 2007

Ooops forgot to add 256MB+512MB both in your pc will be fine.

  mymate 13:20 28 Jan 2007

click here Run this it will clean up your computer,there is a good de fragment program on the same link as well.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:48 28 Jan 2007

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
Windows Defender click here
Ewido click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
or
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt 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 startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:48 28 Jan 2007

2. Hardware

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.

  william16 22:12 28 Jan 2007

Many thanks to The Brigadier, mymate and Fruit Bat/\0/\ for the helpful advice; will follow up.

Best regards
William

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