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Pc slow starting up prob virtual memory


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Baztian

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First of all hi ppl this is my first post and after lookin at this site for a bit I think I have come to the right place.

Ok heres the problem, My pc is running so slow it might aswell not be plugged in.

It takes ages to start up.
It takes ages to load up screens on the net.
sometimes it freezes and I have to switch it off and on again.

I think it might have something to do with virtual memory but I aint clued up on vm so if ppl can tell me the basics of vm I would be greatful.

Any assistance in this matter would be greatfully appreciated.



Thanks

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Hi, can you please post your system specification, including your Operating System. This will allow us to analyse the problem much faster. Thanks
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Operating system windows xp and system specs, what kind of specs.


LOLOL can u be specific please lol

I aint had my pc for long and never asked for help so please be gentle

thanks

Bazz:)
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No problem, things like:
Your computer model(if it's OEM and not hand-built)
The processor installed
How much memory(RAM) installed
Your harddrive
Any cd/dvd rom drives

You'll find most of this info in Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Sytem Information
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computer model...Time

The processor installed

How much memory(RAM)
192mb of ram

Any cd/dvd rom drives..Standard cd drive, Standard dvd drive,


How do I find out the hard drive??
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That'll be your problem. XP can barely run with 256mb RAM without stalling every 2 minutes, ideally to run XP you should be running 512mb ram.
You can find your hard drive size by opening My Computer, right click and select Properties, it'll show the full size and the size used in the General tab. However your hard drive won't be slowing the computer down that much considering your ram is so low. I presume your processor isn't that great from that specification either.
To help solve the start-up problems, click Start then Run. Type "msconfig", under the Start-Up tab uncheck all processes which are ticket which don't need to start at start up. This will virtually be everything except your anti-virus software and firewall. That is to say you actually have these installed, if not you'll need them. Next thing to do would be to go to ccleaner.com and download the latest version of CCleaner and run that, then run the scanner again in the 'Issues' tab, this will surely speed your computer speed as well as your web-page browsing speed, although you really should think about upgrading the RAM too.
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thanks for giving us the specs, it always helps

always three routes here
- untidy
- malware
- hardware

or which untidy is the easiest to deal with, try these, see if the clear up the problem and if not post back

Time to use your "runbox" to clean your computer,
(all these steps are done with the run box then)

deleting the prefetch files
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runbox command
- press keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: prefetch
- press: enter
(the prefetch folder opens)
- press: ctrl + a
(select all is the same)
- press: shift + del
(deletes without prompt)

disc clean up
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runbox command
- press keyboard buttons:winkey + r
- paste: cleanmgr.exe
- choose drive(normally C: )
- press: enter
(this process can take a long time)

checkdisk
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runbox command
- press the keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: chkdsk /f /r
- press: enter
( black window appears)
- press: Y button
- press: enter
- reboot the comp
(this process is the longest, worse the screen may be
lost before hours later the computer arrives at the welcome screen)

disc defragmenter
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runbox command
- press the keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: dfrg.msc
- press enter
(this process can take a long time)

deleting internet cookies, files and history
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- press the keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: inetcpl.cpl
- press: enter
- click: delete cookies
- click: delete file
- click: clear history

disable unwanted startups
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runbox command
- press: winkey + r
- paste: msconfig
- press: enter
- click tab: start ups
- keep: the AV and firewall entriies enabled,
- disable: 100% unused or unneeded entries
- Unsure about the start up: http://www.bleepingc...r.com/startups/
(IMPORTANT: enable all startups before running the Hijackthis program)

Edited by fleamailman, 28 November 2006 - 09:25 AM.

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Thanks for the help ppl :whistling:

I will be upgrading to broadband in 2 days time as I have been told that will help.

Thanks again for the help ppl
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upgrading to broad band is not gonna solve your slow start up

what you need to do is determine whats neccessary at start-up

this is a pretty simple thing

from start>>>RUN>>>>TYPE IN ....msconfig... CLICK OK

When system configuration utilities opens>>>>click start up tab>>>then disable everything>>>BUT MAKE

SURE YOUR ANTIVIRUS IS ENABLED>>>CLICK APPLY >>>THEN RESTART

then download this


http://www.ccleaner.com/

run the cleaner and restart your computer
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Quick (posibly stupid) question.

What does winkey mean (winkey+r)

I have a feeling I am gonna kick myself for this.


BTW My pc start up is alot quicker thanks ppl

:whistling:

Edited by Baztian, 29 November 2006 - 07:42 AM.

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winkey is the key on the keyboard that looks like the microsoft flag button, the windows system button then,(the other strange key that looks like a right hand click is called the application key but is not needed now), the winkey helps you to do things that otherwise one would being clicking around the system to find and do, if you have a moment look up hotkeys on google

for example

winkey = display or hide the start menu
winkey + b = sets focus on the task bar
winkey + d = minimise to taskbar
winkey + d(again) = open all minmised windows
winkey + e = opens "my computer" window
winkey + f = opens "find" window
winkey + f + ctrl = Search for computers
winkey + l = log off,
winkey + l + l = log off, lock
winkey + m = minimise to taskbar
winkey + m + shift button = open all minmised windows
winkey + r = opens "run command" window
winkey + u = run utility manger and narrator voice
winkey + u + u = shut down
winkey + u + r = restart
winkey + l = log off
winkey + l + s + = switch users
winkey + tab = switch between open items
winkey + break = display the system properties dialog box

Edited by fleamailman, 29 November 2006 - 08:26 AM.

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