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athcom51
09-23-2000, 10:40 PM
If I leave my computer alone for 2hrs or so and then when I get back on the system seems very sluggish the application when clicked on takes a long time to pop up >>On power management I have the hard drive on always and my monitor shuts off after 15mins ..The performance will pick up after 10mins after the hard drive gets it caffine ..But sometimes I have to reboot ..pentium 3 450mhz 128megs 19gig hd ..any suggestion ?oops windows 98 se

Paleo Pete
09-24-2000, 02:19 AM
1. Is power management enabled in BIOS? I usually disable it and let Windows handle it.

2. How often do you run scandisk and defrag? If you don't regularly run defrag the files on your hard drive get scattered, causing the drive to take longer to locate what it needs.

3. what is the virtual memory setting in Device Manager? Usually it's best to leave it set to default, and let Windows handle it.

That's about all I can think of at the moment, maybe someone else will have some better ideas.

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Static-X
09-24-2000, 11:05 AM
Disable ALL Power Management
1. Disable in BIOS
2. Disable in Windows Control Panel
Delete temp files in c:\windows\temp
Make sure you have not saved any files you want to keep in c:\windows\temp
Alternatively you could add this line to your autoexec.bat
SET TEMP=C:\WINDOWS\TEMP
ECHO|Y DEL C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\*.*
If you really want to get into speeding your PC up you might want to take a look some tools such as X-Teq at www.xteq.com (http://www.xteq.com) or TweakAll at www.abtons-shed.com (http://www.abtons-shed.com)
This utilities will allow you to fine tune things such as hard drive caching et al. You may want to look closely at items that runs in your system tray and the get loaded at startup both in the registry and the startup folder. All of which can hinder performance.
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athcom51
09-24-2000, 03:34 PM
Originally posted by Paleo Pete:
1. Is power management enabled in BIOS? I usually disable it and let Windows handle it.

2. How often do you run scandisk and defrag? If you don't regularly run defrag the files on your hard drive get scattered, causing the drive to take longer to locate what it needs.

3. what is the virtual memory setting in Device Manager? Usually it's best to leave it set to default, and let Windows handle it.

That's about all I can think of at the moment, maybe someone else will have some better ideas.


How do you get into the Bios to disable the power management ?

Static-X
09-24-2000, 04:24 PM
Different machine have different ways. It is done when you first cut the machine on usually by holding a key or combination of keys down. In many systems it is the "DEL" key(most generic or home built machines Award BIOS AMI) some systems it's F2(Dell) Compaq it is F10. Your manual with your system should tell you or the vendor homepage. If you have never been in a BIOS before be careful with the changes you make.
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Paleo Pete
09-24-2000, 10:09 PM
I'll add to Static's comments, only change one thing in BIOS at a time, and write down all changes so you know exactly what you changed last if you have problems, and can change it back easily. Check my link below and look for the BIOS Survival Guide, it's an excellent resource if you need to fiddle with the BIOS. The top link, Trish's, also has other links to some very good BIOS info.

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