Slowing down of my computer ?

  beanyboy 13:33 19 Jan 2007
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Hi Guys

Long time no speak:

I have a problem which (yes I am still a big duffer when it comes to matters technical on a computer)
I think is a case of "Slow" computer.
Although it has only just happened ,what I am getting when I click on anything to change a page or something is, instead of instant change which I have always got, is, a kind of rolling change as if the pages are rolling over rather than just quickly changing or instantly like thay have always done.
What is happening ? Has anyone else had this ? what is it?
If it is a slowdown , what could be causing it do you think.
Do I need a Registry Clean.
If so can anyone recommend a really good Registry Cleaner , Free if possible but if it costs and is good then I would'nt mind paying I have to get me out of this blessed problem.

Cheers and thanks in anticipation.

Ken

  jimv7 13:42 19 Jan 2007

Regscrubxp click here

Ccleaner click here

Cleanup click here

you can download and run all 3, not at the same time lol.

  jimv7 13:44 19 Jan 2007

I would suggest download and install and update

spybot click here

Adaware click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:10 19 Jan 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
Ewido click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
or
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/\ 15:11 19 Jan 2007

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.

  beanyboy 15:52 19 Jan 2007

Thanks guys. I really appreciate all that you have said and will try and work my way thru it all.

I really am most grateful for your input/

Cheers
regards

Ken

  ForestChav 16:13 19 Jan 2007

I've sometimes seen this if the graphics driver's not installed.

  archir123 16:42 19 Jan 2007

good grief , what good is a reg cleaner gonna do him?

does anyone actually know what "reg cleaners" do? did anyone read his post first? Just cos he mentioned a reg cleaner it doesnt mean it'll solve his problem

even putting his pagefile on a differant drive has been mentioned , what for?? And what good would would changing his file system do? sure he gets better file security and he can store files over 4 gig BUT THATS IT , it wont help his slow pc one iota.

his pc has suddenly slowed down , it was ok a day or so ago , so why does he need more ram? and linking him to crucial , the most expensive retailers of memory on the planet. why not tell him how to check his ownt memory speed and manufacturer that way you can link him to ram at a fraction of the price



two things that have been mentioned , msconfig get rid of all yuor startup clutter , and re-install yuor graphics drivers and check your graphics settings , did you uninstall or install ANYTHING prior to this happening?

you mention changing a page..is internet explorer the only program affected , is it ok within windows.

theres nothing wrong with being a "duffer" we all start somewhere ;0) and were all still learning

  beanyboy 17:25 19 Jan 2007

Hey archir 123

Thanks for your reply too and its nice to have a fresh approach. Thanks , it is appreciated.
No I did not install or uninstall anything prior too this happening.
I switched it on first thing this morning and there it was, and its a pain in the a---.
But because , you will recall that I reminded everyone that I was "green" at this lark, I am not so sure that I will know what to do with half of the info offered by the other guys. It all sounds a bit complicated to me.
I'll mull it all over and see what I can do.

Thanks again.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:41 19 Jan 2007

If a PC is slow there can be a wide variety of reasons.

The main ones being an accumulation of "crap" on the drive.

The advice offered is in order.
By clearing rubbish and checking for spyware speed may be restored and there will be no need to procede to the other items.

However slowing of a PC can be a cumulative effect of several things over a period of time. (maybe not in this case)

The advice is not just for beanyboy but for anyone searching the forum for answers to a simular problem they may have on their own PC.

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