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no2like
07-30-2011, 03:57 PM
hi
for the last while now my PC is running painfully slow.I am under the impression that something is running in the background but dont know what
could you help please.I am running windows xp home and IE8
thanks

PrntRhd
07-30-2011, 04:31 PM
How full is your hard drive? (% free space)
Have you done a disk cleanup?
What SP are you at? SP2, SP3?
Do you have Adobe programs on the PC (Acrobat/Reader)? Have you been getting any update messages in the system tray?
What hardware, how much RAM?

no2like
07-30-2011, 04:38 PM
hi
here is the info requested
disk space available 50%
sp3
updates received very regularly
adobe flash player 10 active x and plug in(in 2 separate entries)
thanks

Sylvander
07-31-2011, 12:58 PM
1. Do you have anything installed that displays your %CPU usage?
See a screenshot of my Puppy %CPU usage below. [It scrolls from right to left]

2. Any anti-virus program[s] running in the background checking on everything that gets done?
Do you have 2 installed...and running at the same time?

3. If you want to see just how fast your hardware is capable of running...
Make and boot a Puppy Linux optical disk.
Try Lucid Puppy 5.2.6 RC
(http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=69563).
(a) Provided this Puppy works on your hardware...
And you are using only the basic Puppy loaded from the optical disk...
It's guaranteed to work as it aught.
No anti-virus progs, or config changes [or whatever] to slow it down.

(b) If there's any sign of slowdown, then it's a hardware [HDD not included] problem.

(c) If no sign of slowdown, then probably it is indeed a problem with the Windows environment or your HDD.
Every now and then I scan and fix the Windows partition_file_system using Puppy->GParted.
Do you ever check/scan/fix your Windows partition_file_system?

no2like
07-31-2011, 01:18 PM
1. Do you have anything installed that displays your %CPU usage?
See a screenshot of my Puppy %CPU usage below. [It scrolls from right to left]

2. Any anti-virus program[s] running in the background checking on everything that gets done?
Do you have 2 installed...and running at the same time?

3. If you want to see just how fast your hardware is capable of running...
Make and boot a Puppy Linux optical disk.
Try Lucid Puppy 5.2.6 RC
(http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=69563).
(a) Provided this Puppy works on your hardware...
And you are using only the basic Puppy loaded from the optical disk...
It's guaranteed to work as it aught.
No anti-virus progs, or config changes [or whatever] to slow it down.

(b) If there's any sign of slowdown, then it's a hardware [HDD not included] problem.

(c) If no sign of slowdown, then probably it is indeed a problem with the Windows environment or your HDD.
Every now and then I scan and fix the Windows partition_file_system using Puppy->GParted.
Do you ever check/scan/fix your Windows partition_file_system?

yes I do,windows task manager that show the cpu running all the time.
only 1 anti-virus running "Avast"
only 1 item running at start up time (Avast)

classicsoftware
07-31-2011, 02:14 PM
Please post full specs on your PC. Without that, any advice gives is useless -10%

no2like
07-31-2011, 02:30 PM
Please post full specs on your PC. Without that, any advice gives is useless -10%

ok but what am I to provide in the way of specs

classicsoftware
07-31-2011, 03:11 PM
Processor
RAM
Video Hard
Hard disk with % free
Motherboard
Power Supply
IF name brand, Make & Model

no2like
07-31-2011, 03:49 PM
here is the info I was able to find
processor-2.53GHZ
Ram- 512MB PC 1066RDRAM
video hard-64MB all-in wonder 9000 Pro-AGP 4x,PCI
Hard disk space frre-50%
Mother board-Dell's own brand
Power supply-250W
name brand,make.model-Dell dimension 8250,Intel pentium 4

classicsoftware
08-01-2011, 02:22 AM
What operating system?

no2like
08-01-2011, 04:52 AM
windows xp home with ie8

classicsoftware
08-01-2011, 06:56 PM
You need more memory. You cannot expect Windows to run well with that little RAM/ Got to crucial.com and scan your system for memory upgrades. Failing that, you will need to really did into Windows and disable as many services as possible.

Sylvander
08-01-2011, 07:38 PM
Most versions of Puppy_Linux will load totally into 512MB of RAM, and then run BLAZING-FAST. :) :cool:

Only a few of the biggest Puppies won't. :(
Such as these would need to use a Linux swap_partition or swapfile->[certain Puppies (e.g. Legacy-OS-2) make this automatically].

Your 250W PSU seems rather low-powered to me [I'm no expert].

classicsoftware
08-01-2011, 09:35 PM
The solution to every problem is not Puppy Linux. You are the Jimmy Swaggert of the Linux set.....

no2like
08-02-2011, 08:21 AM
all I wish to say is this.up to a couple of months ago my PC was running fine
so what happens after that period I dont know.checked for viruses,trojans etc.defraged,ckecked the disk,all with no change.slow slow slow.
anyhow I'll keep looking for answers to my problem.I now close this chapter
thanks anyway

mjc
08-02-2011, 04:05 PM
Updates to the OS or to regularly used software can and often do impact performance, especially in borderline memory cases. Also, hardware that is the process of failing can cause significant slowdowns.

One of the areas to check is to see, exactly what updates have been done since the machine was last running 'at speed'.

Also, check to make sure that all the fans are running (case/CPU/video card) as modern machines are pretty good at throttling the speed if the temps are too high.

no2like
08-02-2011, 06:22 PM
thanks but I have closed this matter

classicsoftware
08-02-2011, 10:55 PM
No2like:

We don't usually close threads, though you are free ti unsubscribe. Windows XP needs at least 1GB of RAM though two is the sweet spot. If you want better performance w/o changing your hardware, re-install windows. The system will run great for a while.

An operating system is a live organism. Many times when you install a program, it will run a program or start a service that uses resources. As a computer ages this happens more and more. Then you reach the tipping point where performance goes down hill. I see this all of the time. You will never really be satisfied running XP with 512 MB of RAM.

no2like
08-03-2011, 05:42 AM
thank you anyway