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VERY SLOW PC START UP

Discussion in 'Software' started by Nicetoseeyoutoseeyounice, 17 Mar 2009.

  1. MrHumbug

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    When it runs slow press Ctrl-Alt-Del to open Task Manager

    Look at the performance tab. What are the CPU usage and PF Usage figures?

    What is the PF usage figure when it's not running slow?
     
  2. MrHumbug

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    Here's a thought. Have you got the Indexing Service running?

    Click Start, then right-click My Computer and click Manage.

    Expand Services and Applications then click on Services.

    Select Indexing Service then click the Stop button.

    Double-click Indexing Service and set Startup type to Manual (or even Disabled). Click OK and close Computer Managment.
     
  3. Estrella

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    Certainly.

    Given the OP's obvious lack of PC knowledge, asking him to disable programs he doesnt recognise via MSCONFIG could turn a slow booting PC into a NON booting PC!
     
  4. mattylad

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    If you only have "248mb" of RAM then you do NOT have "lots" of memory left.

    Windows XP needs more than that to run efficiently, what is happening is that the memory is filling quickkly and it is swapping out from RAM to the hard drive cache (temporary memory store on the hard drive) as it is doing stuff.

    Irrespective of if others are able to run a PC with that little amount of memory, XP is memory hungry and you would be advised to get some more.

    However, to identify the memory you will need to open the case, find the markings on the motherboard, write them here so it can be found for you (unless you can google for it yourself) then you may find that because of it's age your local PC stores may not have any. But then they might so are worth asking.
    Just as you can ask on your local Freecycle group (many on there fix pc's and keep old RAM).

    A 13 year old nerd would know this :D
     
  5. Estrella

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    Not true. Download Belarc advisor and that will tell you all you need to know. Assuming you know how to take a screengrab, post the results in here.

    Belarc (free) > http://www.belarc.com/Programs/advisor.exe

    The PC is a budget Comet jobbie, so the Mobo is likely to be an obscure jetway or similar with little or no info available. However if we can find out exactly what type of RAM you have (Probably DDR PC2700) we can advise what to buy. Belarc will do all of this for you.
     
  6. Bahco

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    Fair play..:D

    Perhaps the OP could post a list of what is ticked to start up at boot up and we could have a look. Obviously Messenger and other similar could be disabled. :D
     
  7. MrHumbug

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    We could go all the way and ask for a HijackThis log.

    My current thinking is that it's a combination of too much loading at startup and the indexing service thrashing the disk later on.
     
  8. mattylad

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    It is true boxcleva.

    The OP is having problems running programs on the PC, also showing a distinct lack of technical knowledge about PC's (no offense OP) and you want him/her to add more software?

    It's a lot easier to let someone else know the motherboard numbers & find out.

    Another way would be to turn it off, remove the RAM & take it to a PC shop.

    Yet again the 13yr old nerdy kid can do this :D :D

    EDIT: I'm starting to worry about this suggestion now, I'm not suggesting abducting a child off the streets... lol
     
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    That is exactly why I suggested what I did. I'm not sure whether the OP should be fondling the PC's inards with his statically charged fingers!

    Theres little chance of abducting one off the street, when they spend all their time locked in their bedrooms :confused:
     
  11. Nicetoseeyoutoseeyounice

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    To Humbug, I didnt get to defraging last night as I had the other problem (see my other post), I waited ages, I have lots of patience and never click click click, I just let it run but it didnt sort itself out so I CTRL/DELETE and closed my Canon program down like that. By then I had had enough. Hence when trying tonight I came up with 'the other problem'. Please see my other post I urgently need to sort this out, before hes home of Friday.
    So....I didnt defrag, will do after. I will also try what you suggested when the computer runs slow, at the mo its fine again. I checked out the Indexing Service thing you suggested and this is already set to manual.
    To Boxcleva, what is screengrab???
    And to Bacho, how do I find out what is starting up, are they mostly the items on my desktop, I have heard this one before but am not sure to locate what is starting up when I switch on.
    But please also 'my other post'.
     
  12. MrHumbug

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    Was the Indexing service started? Probably not, but just checking.
     
  13. Nicetoseeyoutoseeyounice

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    No the index service wasnt started. I will at that just at the moment this PC working faster than ever. this is what i dont understand. do you think its not my PC and its something to do with my internet connection.
     
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    ;)

    Tell us what has a tick next to it in the start up tab pls.
     
  15. Nicetoseeyoutoseeyounice

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    Ok I have done the MSCONFIG thing. I went to netsquirrel.com and this gave me a bit more of an insight and it didnt look too scary.
    In Start Up these are boxes that a checked.
    readsched
    MSASCui
    Reader_sl
    iTunesHelper
    qttask
    CorelIOMonitor
    jusched
    Coral Photo Downloader
    msnmsgr
    ctfmon
    CTsyncU
    I have written these exactly as they appear. By the way I have sorted out the Canon Zoombrowser thing. The pics hadnt gone I found them in the canon folder in explorer and copied to my flash stick. I then reinstalled the CD. It worked perfectly and all the files were still there, and as they are on my stick I also have copy in case anything goes wrong in future. Thanks again to anyone who replied.
     
  16. Bahco

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    You can tick off these 3 for a start:

    iTunesHelper
    Coral Photo Downloader
    msnmsgr

    These don't need to start up so uncheck them and then tick apply and restart your computer.

    Can anyone else see what also can be disabled? :D
     
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