slow, slow ,painfully slow!

  imstuck 09:11 14 Aug 2010

Hi My computer is a Medion with OS:windows xp pro.system model MS-7071.processor: Intel celeron.CPU 2.80 ghz. 446mb ram. But it so slow when on it. My son said its taking up all its power to load up 1 search.Its 3 years old.Shall i scrap it or is there tweekin to be done.Many thanks.:-))

  birdface 09:21 14 Aug 2010

Not got enough memory for a start maybe run A Crucial scan to see what you can upgrade to.

  jack 09:22 14 Aug 2010

The usual reason a well used machine slows it is is full of dead files.
every keystroke/mouse click creates a file.

Download install and run CCleaner
click here
operate every tab- in turn- click analys then run cleaner.
When done
go to
Programs/Accessories/System Tools/ De fragmentation.
Run this - it may make take a long time
best to leave the machine do it overnight.
See how it looks next morning.

  birdface 09:30 14 Aug 2010

Just run the scanner and see what you can upgrade to.

click here

  imstuck 09:40 14 Aug 2010

ok thank you so upgrade is the answer?

  Les28 10:20 14 Aug 2010

Good idea as already suggested to clear out old temp files etc and increase RAM memory. PC's do require some housekeeping or they may crawl along after a while.

Don't know how much free hard drive space you have remaining on your hard drive, or how many startup items you have loading at boot time?

Free hard drive space, right click C drive icon, left click Properties will tell you the size of the drive and how much space used and how much free.

Startup items loading, click Start, then Run, type msconfig in the run box and click on OK. In the System Config window that opens click on the Startup Tab, how many items are ticked in the list?

Then bring up Task Manager, right click on the Task Bar along the bottom of the monitor screen, left click Task Manager, look on the Processes Tab, at the bottom of the process tab page, how many Processes numbered and what's the cpu usage % ?

Download the Free Regular Edition XP Tweak Guide here to give some ideas

click here

  birdface 10:23 14 Aug 2010

It would help but other things may also be slowing you down.
Maybe run c cleaner.Defrag.ckdsk.

You could try the free version of winaso optimiser it will only repair 10 items at a time but you can run it as often as you like.
Well worth a try as it does various other jobs as well.

click here

You can try my computer.Right click c clean up and run it to see what it will clear.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:27 14 Aug 2010

I would doubt very much that a three year old Medion would only have 446mb of RAM.
My 5 year old came with 1Meg.

You really need to check if that is all the RAM or if one of the sticks isn't working before you go any further.

Slow PC checks
1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary 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
MicroSoft Security Essentials click here
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance -
advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different 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 start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything
except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
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.

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