What could cause a PC to run slow?

  Graphicool1 17:07 20 Jan 2011

WinXp SP3.5

My PC is running at 1MB per second and apparently it should be 40-60MB per second.

Plus all system sounds and other music sounds jumpy etc?

I've done virus, malware and spyware checks etc and the system is clean.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:11 20 Jan 2011

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: (Not required if you have SATA drives)
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, Vista or Windows 7 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 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 selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  birdface 20:23 20 Jan 2011

Have you had a look in Taskmanager to see if any program is using up a lot of the CPU.
If nothing running system idle process should be showing about 97% this is normal.
It could be your anti virus running at start up.
Set it to scan at a different time.
Sometime it is Windows Automatic update that may slow things down.Switch off Windows automatic update and see if it runs any better.
If not switch it back on again.
Maybe do a defrag and see if that helps.
Go into device manager and see if there is any yellow exclamation marks beside any of the drivers.

  Graphicool1 12:19 21 Jan 2011

Fruit Bat
I can put a tick against everything on your list except one thing, that thing is drivers. I have used various driver back-up software and they all tell me there are new drivers for my hardware. But when I go to the hardware sites in question and let them run a system search, they always tell me I already have the latest. That leaves me in something of a quandry. As I haven't updated my hardware drivers for a very long time!?

Can anyone recommend a reliable driver finder.

Could someone please look in their 'Device Manager' and see if there is anything calling itself 'Universal Image Mounter' it has sub folders called 'UIM Drive Backup Image Plugin' and 'Universal Image Mounter Controller'.

These may have been added when I cloned to a larger drive. If so then there would be no need to keep them. If not, where else could they have originated, they are NOT in the 'Add Remove' programmes list.

Also in 'Device Manager', although there aren't any yellow exclamation marks there are a couple of yellow question marks against 'other devices' with sub folder 'Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller. This is higher up the list and completely seperate from the other Universal Serial Bus controllers'?

  Graphicool1 12:35 21 Jan 2011

Task Manager 'Idle' yes fluctuating around the 97 figure.
As for 'Avast' 'Spyware Terminator' and the 'Firewall', yes they all do there thing at 'Start-up', I make allowances for them. But this isn't where the problem is. It is after the start up. When the PC is running the rest of the time, I can't have multiple Windows open. Neither can it perform more than one task at a time.

When I ran 'Reimage' it said that there is a problem with 'Windows Explorer' NOT to be confused with 'IE'. It added that it could repair the Windows Explorer.

But it then went on to say...
"The PC is running at 1MB per second and it should be 40-60MB per second"
...adding that reimage could do nothing about this state of affairs. If it had said it could I would have bought it and let it.

  woodchip 13:59 21 Jan 2011

uninstall all the things above you said about Device Manager then restart PC.

If it finds anything it needs it will ask you

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:24 21 Jan 2011

Forget updating drivers it won't slow it down that much.
But do as woodchip suggests about the yellow Question mark.

Maybe you need to look in the BIOS and look what your CPU and Front Side Bus (FSB) settings are.
Possibility that your CMOS has lost it correct settings.

Make model and age of machine?

  birdface 14:44 21 Jan 2011

Hi just wondered if you have been having those problems since downloading Reimage.
I have never used it before and have not seen any good reviews for it.
Anf if you downloaded it from it's home site I get a warning from WOT not to use that site.
A few more of them with the red warnings.
Driver Max for driver updates.it will only update 2 drivers a day.

  GaT7 15:04 21 Jan 2011

As buteman says, it could be Reimage, but only if that's what you used to repair your system. Very unlikely that simply visiting their site or downloading Reimage caused the problems.

From a review click here: 'Left one PC running slow; failed entirely on another.'

If it's not a hardware fault, a fresh OS install should cure your problems. When I have similar problems to you, I almost always do a fresh install. There's only so much one can to do to clean up & repair software problems - so when they don't work, a fresh install usually always fixes them. Knowing your system spec may also help us. G

  Graphicool1 15:11 21 Jan 2011

Re Reimage, no I was having these problems long before downloading Reimage and I still have problems since I uninstalled it.

I have been using 'Driver Max' for some time, sadly this is one of the programmes that are telling me I need, what I seemingly don't? It even points up drivers for hardware that I haven't got and have never had. Which I'm sure you can imagine is somewhat disconcerting and it then makes it difficult to believe what it says about the hardware I do have?

Fruit Bat /\0/\
"Forget updating drivers it won't slow it down that much."
No, but might they not be responsible for the...
"all system sounds and other music sounds jumpy"

Hi woodchip
"uninstall all the things above you said about Device Manager then restart PC"
I will do as you say regarding the...
'Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller'

But what about...
'UIM Drive Backup Image Plugin' and 'Universal Image Mounter Controller'
Have any of you come across these?

  GaT7 15:19 21 Jan 2011

Did you use Driver Max before/after the problems began? If before, then it looks like it is the main culprit.

Have you tried a fresh install since you had these problems? If not, try it & don't use Driver Max again. G

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