Slow Computer

  User-361D919A-9369-49DD-BB21C57F113ABA43 18:31 14 Aug 2009

My PC has suddenly went slow it spec are 2 GHz AMD Sempron 256MB RAM 100Gb HDD. It has also got very noisey.

  RobCharles1981 18:42 14 Aug 2009

Use the Search Forum Function at the top right hand side this has been answered before.

  Pineman100 18:44 14 Aug 2009

To get a more reliable answer to your problem, please try to give more information.

Under what circumstances did/does it run more slowly?

Does boot up correctly and normally?

What does the noise sound like?

It's possible that you may have a blocked or faulty cooling fan, which is causing your computer to overheat, but more iformation will help people to advise you.

  Pineman100 18:45 14 Aug 2009

Sorry Rob - I was typing while you posted!

  RobCharles1981 18:51 14 Aug 2009

No Probs Pinemann! XD

The fan makes a clicking noise. It boots up normal. But sometimes rather slow.

  RobCharles1981 18:55 14 Aug 2009

Right if the PC Slow Have you checked for the following:

1. Checked the Inside of your case for Dust ie all fans are not "clogged up" with dust use a Compressed Air Can you can pick up from Maplins

2. Done a sfc /scannow at the run prompt using your Windows XP/Vista Disk to check for corrupted files.

3. Scanned for Viruses And Spyware/Malware and Cleaned out all temp folders?

Can you list what security programs that you have?

I use Avast 4.8 AntiViruses

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:09 14 Aug 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/\ 19:09 14 Aug 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.

  rdave13 19:10 14 Aug 2009

" The fan makes a clicking noise". Hopefully it's a fan noise and not a failing hard drive. Click on the arrows to hear different hard drive failing noises such as one with bad heads and gives 'clicking' noises; click here
Check which hard drive you have.

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