Slow PC

  mike1967 13:38 02 Jul 2006

Hi there

Got a bit of a problem one of the PCs in the house is very slow, during start up it takes quite a few minutes for the CPU to slow to zero activity.
Then when applications are started word etc they take a while to start
When runing games the game will take a long time to load but once loaded plays fine

I was thinking possible RAM fault any ideas

I've done the normal ie defrag run ccleaner, have up to date anti virus and firewall(Mcafee) also windows defender running as well

  rezeeg 14:40 02 Jul 2006

Have you tried running a registry cleaner?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:52 02 Jul 2006

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
MSoftAntispy Beta click here
Ewido 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/\ 14:52 02 Jul 2006

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.

  mike1967 21:49 02 Jul 2006

Like I did say earlier, I have done the normal that includes a spyware check plus I have a virus scanner and firewall running(mcafee)

Have also run CCleaner.

Haven't tried any of the registry cleaners yet though

Another problem I do have is the sound sounds a bit corrupted, could this have something to do with the problem.

Hope someone out there has some ideas.

  citadel 22:00 02 Jul 2006

how full is the hard drive, it is best to have a decent amount empty.

  woodchip 22:06 02 Jul 2006

Try this first, Right Click on My Computer\Properties\Performance Settings in there you can turn of all the windows SLOWDOWN rubbish

  mike1967 23:03 02 Jul 2006

Plenty of room on the hard drive over 12 gig, will have a look at what woodchip suggests tomorrow

  mike1967 12:12 08 Jul 2006

Removed a lot of stuff that came with a new radeon card Catalyst Control Centre its called it loads up loads of stuff on start up. Anyone got any good experiences of the Control Centre, because I loaded it onto another PC and it cause problems on that as well.

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