Slow to load programs

  PyrusBoy 11:16 10 Feb 2011

Hi, I have a Dell Latitude D600, it gets as far as the desktop background picture, then take 5 -7 minutes to load the programs. I have deleted all the non essential start up programs, done a Spybot scan, Clean the registry, done three
defrags, now no fragments. I am rather old and this has me stumped and growing more grey hairs by the day. Can anyone help, please.

  rawprawn 11:27 10 Feb 2011

Quite a bit of reading, some suggestions you have already rightly completed.

. 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/\
Mon, [email protected]:15

Slow PC pt2

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, 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.

Mon, [email protected]:28

You obviously never noticed when you answere

  Graphicool1 11:37 10 Feb 2011

Your 'click here's aren't working.

  spuds 11:41 10 Feb 2011

Everything seems to be mostly covered by the above.

Memory or start-up re-checks might be in order first. Have you installed any new 'anti-ware' recently, or have a surplus amount which might be conflicting with other programmes?.

  spuds 11:42 10 Feb 2011

Cut and paste?

  onthelimit 11:47 10 Feb 2011

I've found spybot can be a real CPU hog and have uninstalled it. Huge difference.

  rawprawn 13:56 10 Feb 2011

That's because I just copied as text from the original post to give some ideas as to what could be causing the problem

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:08 10 Feb 2011

Not enough free space on drive

Drive in PIO mode If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

or memory problem memtest click here

is my guess

  woodchip 16:27 10 Feb 2011

Could it be your AV that is slowing things down at start up

  PyrusBoy 17:35 10 Feb 2011

Hi, Many thanks for those who are trying to help.
I have done all in the the long reply, all okay.
Got lost when I looked at memtest, tried to unpack the iso file with winrar but don't know if I had the right file in the first place. Haven't a clue what AV is? I'm an old boy, nearly 70 and it seems nothing can be done simply anymore, surely it isn't too difficult to do memtest in a simple way to download and burn a disk from. I've sat here all day trying different things and frankly got nowhere.
Thanks to everybody, I do appreciate your time and efforts

  GaT7 17:56 10 Feb 2011

About Memtest (click here):

1. Download the 'Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)'

2. Unzip its contents

3. Use your disc-burning software to burn the mt420.iso file as an 'image'

4. Leave prepared disc in drive, set your PC to boot from CDrom in the BIOS & save changes

5. When you reboot, Memtest should start the memory scan automatically near the beginning of the boot process

6. The scan can take a while depending on how much RAM you have. Usually 1-2 100% passes are fine - otherwise leave it running overnight.

AV is most probably short for Anti Virus. G

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