OCTCORE 02:41 04 Feb 2009

Hello there,

Having had a AMD 2ghz PC for 4 years, I had the chance to get a Pentium D 3ghz Dual Core PC with 2 gig of 667 ram and PCI express card (128 ram) on a Asrock mobo. Although the PC can do more than one thing at a time, it seems slow and dithers sometimes, on occasion the PC starts bleeping at me and I have to restart. I am aware the D chip is old hat now, but it seems to take longer in biulding up web pages than my old PC.
The bios is all set to auto, no overclocking, am I expecting to much. I use Dells at work which have the same chip (with on board graphics) they all seem quicker. Running XP SP3. Regards.

  3gboosterman 03:44 04 Feb 2009

As i think I am the only one here at the moment(3.43am), have you tried the easy things like clearing your internet history, removing unused programs, defragging the C Drive, disabling some programs on startup?

if you have to many apps running, then it may slow your pc down.

You could also try checking the inside of your case to see if its accumulated alot of dust and fluff which you can carefully try vacuuming it out.

I don't know what the bleeping bit is? but that I shall leave to the more experienced later on in the day.

  config_error 05:32 04 Feb 2009

you should try to scan your system. maybe it is infected by some trojan or spyware. thats why it is sluggish..

you can try this link for instructions.
click here

if the download wont work try this alternative download link.
click here

You can also stripdown your windows and disable services which is not used. you can follow this guide on how to make your windows super fast.
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  Quiet Life 14:40 04 Feb 2009

Hi there is not a lot wrong with a Pentium D 3ghz Dual Core PC and 2gb ram. It should be very fast and would certainly try some of the suggestions above.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:04 04 Feb 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
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubVistaXp 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/\ 16:05 04 Feb 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) 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.

  Les28 16:19 04 Feb 2009

As well as cleaning up non essential apps and services running and malware checks and checking inside pc for dust etc, are both processors running OK.
In Device Manager if you click on the + sign by Computer icon does it say ACPI Multiprocessor PC.

Do you know if enhanced intel speedstep technology is enabled. Have a look in Power Options in Control Panel to see if the best settings for your pc are enabled.

click here

click here

  OCTCORE 21:25 04 Feb 2009

Thanks for all your input, most of what you suggested are done,almost, on a daily basis, all other checks were ok. I thinks its just a poor match of kit, it was not expensive, I am fixing up a mac at the moment and will see how that goes. Many thanks Tim.

  STREETWORK 21:42 04 Feb 2009

Well, try this also:

1. unseat and reseat all cards attached to mother board, include any connectors as well.

2. Carefully clean out all signs of dust.

Reason: Old PC, contacts can get a slight electonic corrosion, not visible with the naked eye....

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