Power Supply Upgrade

  kalstras 12:44 29 Apr 2007

Will it help.

My computer seems sluggish sometimes, and I was wondering if it was due to too many peripherals internally and externally installed or just a slow processor?

1.8GhZ Intel Celeron Processor
A - 1.4MB Disk
C - 40GB Hardrive Master
E - CD Writer
F - DVD Writer
G - Seagate 200GB Harddrive (slave)
PCI - 1 - Micro Modem
PCI - 2 - Radeon 9250 128MB Graphics
200w ATX PSU
Windows XP Home
Printer all in one HP Photosmart 2610
Monitor HPw22 22"
router x 2 computers (desk and laptop)

Any help is greatly appreciated

  Diodorus Siculus 12:57 29 Apr 2007

First off, I'd check what is running that is not necessary; lots of startup programs can slow down the machine.

click here for a look at some info about services that can be disabled.

  kalstras 13:47 29 Apr 2007

Will do thank you, but I am currently looking at 400w to upgrade by double as this is supposedly important to my Graphics Card anyhow, I was just wondering if I would notice the difference?

  kalstras 13:52 29 Apr 2007

I count 49 "Started"

I really don't want to mess around with these settings, but will have a good hard look at them. Is there a way to back up these or just good note taking to be able to redo or undo changes?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:53 29 Apr 2007

Will it help? NO
The PSU upgrade will only prevent overstressing of the current PSU.

Slow PC
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

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
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/\ 13:54 29 Apr 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.

  kalstras 17:37 29 Apr 2007

Thanks Fruitbat, printed studied and put into action, will let you know how it goes

Cheers m8


  freaky 17:52 29 Apr 2007

Fruit Bat /\0/\ has covered everything.

I would just like to add that the problems you have would not be due to the PSU, although 200W is very low and it might be worth replacing with at least a 400W.

The normal symptom of an overloaded PSU is the PC shutting down due to the PSU overload cut-out tripping.

  citadel 18:00 29 Apr 2007

if you get a new psu look for one with the 80% + efficiency logo to keep your electricity costs down.

  skidzy 18:04 29 Apr 2007

As above Fruit Bat /\0/\ has pretty much covered everything,here is a link to a psu i fitted before xmas to an Emachine with similar spec,though upgraded the cpu to p4 2.6

  woodchip 18:08 29 Apr 2007

As above you need to go to Start\Run type MSCONFIG press enter Go to Startup TAB remove tick where things you do not want to start at boot. Leave Anti-Virus and Firewall running. But other things are your choice, You can re-enable these by putting the tick back in the box But most will not need to start at boot

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