getting your pc to run faster.

  jordanb 13:01 19 Mar 2006

Hey guys i am a first time poster here ;-)
Now i am not too good on pc's but like to think i am he he...
Anyway my question is how can i get my pc to run to its maximum potential speed??
Any help greatly appreciated, cheers.

  ACOLYTE 13:06 19 Mar 2006

Drop it of a cliff?,lol anyway clean out all the crud click here nice many users have this,also scan your system for spy/malware
click here
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the last one is more of apreventative app than a cleaner but all good apps to have,make sure you have upto date AV software.


  Totally-braindead 13:13 19 Mar 2006

And in general add more memory, if you have less than 512mb you will notice some difference by adding more RAM but when you get above 512mb the difference is less noticeable. Its easy to do and you don't need to alter anything in the BIOS or anything but you must make sure you buy the correct type of memory which is why here is a good site click here

  Totally-braindead 13:14 19 Mar 2006

Oh and defrag regularly.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:22 19 Mar 2006

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
MSoftAntispy Beta click here
Ewido 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/\ 13:23 19 Mar 2006

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.

Free PC inventory takers :-
Belarc click here
SIW click here
SiSandra click here
will let you knowwhat is installed in your PC.

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.

  DrScott 13:35 19 Mar 2006

And if you're very brave you can try overclocking the CPU and/or graphics card :)

  jordanb 14:04 19 Mar 2006

thanks fruitbat i have doing everything now apart from updating my mutimedia it says i have a :- C-Media AC97 Audio Device

also a

Standard Game Port

Can you find me a direct link where i can get a update for both these things?

  Totally-braindead 14:08 19 Mar 2006

It depends on the make/model of motherboard, if you can tell us what it is we can give you a link to it as the sound you have is onboard.

  jordanb 14:15 19 Mar 2006

shall i just give you all the information on my pc that Belarc gave me and then you can give me updates i need?

  jordanb 14:43 19 Mar 2006

my freind also said that if you run task manager and click the end processes tab then u can end some processes and this will also speed up your pc?

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