slowing down

  geedad 16:28 20 Sep 2007

My PC seems to be slowing down. When I load a program,it takes much longer than usual.
Links are particularly slow.
Windows XP Sp2, 3 HGz Intel Pentium 4 HT, ATI radeon 9200 with 128 MB DDR SDRAM, HDD 160 GB (partitioned about equal)
Lots of games installed, MS Office Pro, Adobe Premiere, and all the stuff we need to make videos etc.
It makes it difficult to use, when waiting for programs to load and work.
Use AVG Anti-virus and spyware, Spy-Bot etc.....
Is it anything to do with virtual memory?

Any freebie solution?

  Clapton is God 16:34 20 Sep 2007

Yes, some basic PC housekeeping.

Uninstall all those programs you never use.

Use click here

Defrag the HDD

Use msconfig to disable those programs/processes which run at start up. This will help click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:51 20 Sep 2007

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
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/\ 18:52 20 Sep 2007

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.

  geedad 19:38 20 Sep 2007

Clapton is God
Fruit Bat /\0/\

Thanks a lot!
I will have a look at ALL of your recommendations in due course, AND LET YOU KNOW HOW I GOT ON.
Greatly appreciated.

  geedad 21:25 25 Sep 2007

Clapton is God
I use CC every day - it is very good. I defrag daily also. I do tend to use Video Authoring
testing, and burning etc, so I defrag often.
I tried msconfig, and thanks for that.

Fruit Bat /\0/\
Have Spy-Bot,Spywareblaster. Also, AVG Anti-virus + AVG Spyware,RogueRemover, a-squared A/V and an all-in-one Smart PC ( cleans up Reg and many other functions very speedily.
Pagefile already set to 768MB.
Did msconfig as you and Clapton is God suggested.
Transfer rate IS set to DMA.
File system IS set to NTFS.
Thank for the information about drivers and motherboards.
Having tried a lot of your suggestions, the PV seems to have behaved well. I was contemplating a spanking, but i have now shelved that idea!!
Thank you both once more!!

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