I'm confused.

  charlton200 10:29 24 Oct 2009
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My desktop computer is about 4 years old or more: It is a Mesh with AMD Athlon 64 processor 3200.- 2GB ram - nvidia geforce 6800 gt- windows XP.

I was looking at Mesh again to buy a new one and I am so out of date at the technology that I'm not sure where to start.

I just want a fast PC for surfing and writing letters etc. I watch things like you tube and I watch the odd DVD.
I do not play games.

I was looking at Mesh again because it's been a good computer but any suggestion would be good. I live not far from Novatech; are these any good?

Thanks for any advice you may offer at where to start.

  Les28 11:18 24 Oct 2009

Is there anything wrong with the pc you have now, is it not working as good as it used to?
Forgive me, I know it's not answering your question but for what you want to do on the pc the present spec on your existing pc sounds fine.
I've got a 5 year old P4 Prescott 3Ghz cpu and it can do all the things you mentioned, with only 1GB ram, or is your pc not performing right?

  charlton200 11:23 24 Oct 2009

It's getting very slow and unresponsive. It used to run 3 or 4 things easy but not it's best to run only one now. Would a reformat be better?

  Les28 12:12 24 Oct 2009

Slow pc is a frequent question on forums, if you type slow pc, or variants of that, in the search forum box at the top of this page you may find some answers to previous questions that may help.

You do regular pc housekeeping, using windows disk cleanup utility to remove temp files and downloaded program files. Delete temp internet files from the browser cache, defrag and run windows disk error checker, them sort of things? Or perhaps you use Ccleaner to do these things?

Is your hard drive running a bit low on free space perhaps? If so have you tried to maximise free space by reducing the default system restore size, temp internet cache size and recycle bin default size. Too many items running at startup ?

What are your recovery options, XP installation disk, Manufacturers recovery disk, in built recovery partition ?
Maybe try some tidying up first to see if that makes any difference before a full install/reinstall, or maybe you have tidied up?

Any error warnings, blue screens, crashes etc, or is it just slow ?
This site mentions slow pc and things to check to give some idea

click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:56 24 Oct 2009

2. Hardware

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) 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

slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:57 24 Oct 2009

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 :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
or
AVG antivirus 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) -- 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

  charlton200 12:58 24 Oct 2009

I do the regular house cleaning duties as mentioned above. Hard drive is OK but startup is very slow. I have disabled a few things but it still takes some time.
I have no crashes but I do have freezes where the mouse pointer freezes requiring a re-start.
I run all the main spyware software and cleanup software regularly.
We have two users on the PC, myself and my wife and her side is unbelievably slow: Worse than mine.

Thank.

  Les28 20:13 24 Oct 2009

How many items are Ticked on Startup Tab in msconfig, that's click on Start button, then Run, type msconfig and click OK.
Also look at the Services Tab in msconfig, put a tick in the box to hide all Microsoft services, how many non MS services are shown as Running.

Any error messages in Event Viewers Application and System Tabs, that's Click on Start button, then Run, type eventvwr and click OK.
In the left hand small window click once on Application, any red errors showing now in the right window, then do the same for System. You can double click on any red errors to find more detail if needed.

Bring up Task Manager, by either right clicking a blank area of the taskbar along the bottom of your monitor screen and selecting Task Manager, or by pressing Control Alt and Delete keys together.
Have a look at the Processes Tab, what %cpu shows alongside System Idle Process.
Also how many Processes are running, shown at foot of Process tab page.
Are your accounts both full administrative rights accounts?
How much free hard drive space do you have and how large in total is the hard drive?

  charlton200 20:16 24 Oct 2009

Fruit Bat

I checked the file system and window c is ntfs and recovery is fat32.

The part about the drivers: I have not updated the drivers for the hardware as I'm not sure how to go about it and I don't know what hardware I have.

I did have more memory put on in the computer shop when I had a repair done.

I use crap cleaner most days and do the registry with it.

My hard drive has tons of room on it.

I have checked all the others things you said and I'm ok on them.


Thanks for you advice and time.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:27 24 Oct 2009

leave the recovery at fat32 it will have no effect

If its slow still, have you checked the drive is set to DMA?

  charlton200 20:59 24 Oct 2009

Yes it on DMA

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