Slow Start Up and Running

  TequilaSunrise 15:34 16 Mar 2007

Hi guys,
thought i had my pc fixed when i did a clean install but i guess not.

My pc takes about ten minutes to boot up (where before you're lucky if it took a minute), i've checked the start up in msconfig n regedit and there is only my anti virus/spyware etc running.
Also applications that used to run really fast are extremely slow. I've still got plenty of hand drive space so i dont think its that.

Anyone have any ideas?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:47 16 Mar 2007

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.

  rick808 17:02 16 Mar 2007

If you have more than one stick of RAM installed might be worth checking in system properties that it's showing the correct figure - one may have failed

  TequilaSunrise 18:11 16 Mar 2007

yeah i've defragged n ran virus checkers etc already. so i'm kinda puzzled as to what could be causing it

  rick808 18:22 16 Mar 2007

Have you tried running this - click here
Should show what is slowing down your boot time

  TequilaSunrise 03:40 17 Mar 2007

ok, dont know if this will help any as to diagnostic but i just had to turn my pc off at the wall switch and it booted as fast as it used to. is it maybe to do with my power supply?

something is obv wrong with my pc. *sigh*

  TequilaSunrise 03:40 17 Mar 2007

oh n thanks guys for all the help so far

  smokingbeagle 04:15 17 Mar 2007

Check the BIOS to see if the processor's cache is enabled - you might have disabled it inadvertently and this can slow your pc.

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