Really slow computer

  darkmaruk 20:50 05 Feb 2009

Recently my computer has slowed almost to a stand still,ive tried updating drivers etc.. but nothing has changed.Ive got some programmes that monitor my Athlon 6400 dual core processor,it shows that 99% of the time its throttle is 0.3ghz, however as soon as it fires up to 3.2ghz it works fine for 3 seconds then slows back down.Using pc advisors monitoring programme its showing my processor is in the red all the time. If any one has any info on what i could do to get my computer up to speed again id be very grateful

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:12 05 Feb 2009

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 :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubVistaXp 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/\ 21:13 05 Feb 2009

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 or Vista, 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.

  darkmaruk 22:24 05 Feb 2009

Ok thanks Fruit bat ill give all your advice a try and ill let you know how things went

  woodchip 22:30 05 Feb 2009

This sounds like AMD Speedstep CPU in action

  darkmaruk 23:29 05 Feb 2009

If it is the speedstep how can i improve it?

  woodchip 10:21 06 Feb 2009

You cannot as far as I am Aware change it, as its built into the CPU. But it should go faster the more work you put on the CPU

  woodchip 10:23 06 Feb 2009

If its suddenly started to go slow, Have you been loading any new Software, or making Hardware changes

  howard64 10:30 06 Feb 2009

could you possibly have 2 antivirus or anti malware progs running at the same time? these could be fighting each other.

  provider 2 10:53 06 Feb 2009

Check in Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) or right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.

Processes tab ... anything using a lot of CPU?

  birdface 14:58 06 Feb 2009

If you have a problem updating any security programs or Microsoft updates.Maybe this may be your problem. click here There was a Microsoft update for this about 6 weeks ago so maybe you have already downloaded it if so it would not be this.

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