Alienware 17 R4 2017 review
Hi to all, I am having probs with my pc going so slow. I nearly have time to make coffee waiting for a window to open. Here is the basics I have found out; Dell 2002, NTFS, 74.5 GB h/d, 26.2 GB h/d used. 2 x sticks of 256 ram, intel celeron cpu @ 2.40 GHz, external 256 modem, connected to Australian ADSL. ISP says everything is fine from their end. H/D was replaced about 4 years ago. Modem is 2 years old. Could it be possible that the mother board/cpu needs upgrading? How do I determine this and how do I find out exactly what I need? We have no viruses, do regular disk cleanup and defrag, clear temporary files and cookies. This pc makes snails look like race horses. Need your help. Thanks in advance.
Hi Strawballs, thanks. I ran spybot - 1 item - dealt with. Adaware - 3 items - dealt with. PC is still the same however. I thought maybe I need an updated mother board or cpu? Don't know what else to do. Thanks
I think that the quickest solution might be to back up your data and do a reinstall of the operating system if you can.
Another 512MB RAM would also help a lot.
Upgrading / replacing the motherboard/cpu could be expensive / complex and unlikely to be the underlying cause.
You can also reduce the number of programs running at start-up - how you do this will depend on your operating system.
I would check what space you have left on your hard drive also what memory you have left.512 Mb is on the low side.I am afraid Spybot is rather poor nowadays and the likes of Malwarebytes free is always worth trying.
In device manager make sure IDE - Atapi controllers are set to DMA and not PIO.
If using XP you can try this.
Try command prompt and type in ipconfig /flushdns a small gap between ipconfig and forward slash or it will not work.Ok. it should tell you DNS has been flushed if so reboot and see if it works any better.
Or maybe try this to see if you need any driver updates.Its free.
Last week I had a couple of days with IE "treakle feet"
Fortunately I used a recent Acronis backup and the problem has not returned.
The cause is guesswork, but I had fed in a fistful of Windows updates and then Java and Adobe clamoured for updating as well.
Perhaps I rushed the installations..I don't know,
but rather than upgrade your hardware or even replace it, stay with the software approach for the moment.
Too little free Hard Disk space (as buteman) can be a cause but you can soon check what is still available. Less easy to check for conflicting programs or those where the path to a file is ambiguos.
!!Very much the last resort:!!
Provided you have a backup of all data, then a clean re-install of your drive C: is a drastic but sure way of getting rid of dragging treakle feet.
From memory I think 2K used to take about half an hour to install, and at least 2 days more to reinstall and tweak everything else to how it was.
why not get linux mint and give that a try and c your pc take off like concorde
How long is it since you cleared:- the Recycle Bin, The Internet Temporary Files and the Cookies.
Have you Defragged lately.
All that can be done from within Windows, although its stuff is not the fastest, it does the job fairly well.
If Startup is very slow type "msconfig" in the "Run" Box and reduce the number of programs opening at Start-up.
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