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My computer is so darn slow~*HELP*~


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My computer seems unusually SLOW.
Well, doesn't just seem to be, it is.

Sometimes it takes 40 secs after I type in
my yahoo ID and password before the email page comes up.
Then another wait when I click on each email.
Same from going to different websites.

I did a search here at Geeks and checked for suggestions.
I did the Spybot, Adaware, Avast test.
The ATF cleaner that was advised on GEEKS is now a desktop Icon.
I did disk clean up and then defragmentation.

It isn't working any faster.


We use PeoplePc at 9.95 per month.
It is suppose to be 'accelerated' speed. I ran a diagnostic test and it says it
is working. I would like to try System Restore but when I set a date,
like March 1, 2007, it won't let me???

It says the 'line' speed is 16.8.
What does that mean and is that why it is slow?
(It used to read 28 or so.)
Any suggestions?

Would broadband solve the problem? ($400.00 for installation and $49.95 per month!)
(We can't get cable in my rural area)

Or do I need a new computer? We purchased it in 2002?

HELP!
Thanks
Janie

Edited by flowergirl, 06 April 2007 - 08:29 AM.

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Is it slow only when going into the internet or on other applications as well. It's important to know that.

Your internet connection is very slow. Just to give you an idea: Where I live a common installation will give you a speed of nearly 200 kilobytes per second (that's just over 1.5 megabits per second). This is a theoretical speed and most of the time you don't get it. But still it's faster by a factor of about 10 compared to your's.
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I don't think you need a new computer, your Internet is well too slow. What sort of Broadband access do they offer for you? I would definitely recommend going with Broadband if you can spare the expense. $400.00 for an installation seems very high unless you have absolutely no cabling or anything where you live.
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Is it slow only when going into the internet or on other applications as well. It's important to know that.

Your internet connection is very slow. Just to give you an idea: Where I live a common installation will give you a speed of nearly 200 kilobytes per second (that's just over 1.5 megabits per second). This is a theoretical speed and most of the time you don't get it. But still it's faster by a factor of about 10 compared to your's.

His speed is 1.8KB/s while yours is 200KB/s. That means your connection speed is well more then 10 times the amount. About 111 times as fast to be precise. :whistling:
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??? My broadband speed is about 1.8 megabits which is 225 kilobytes. Her's is 16.5 kilobytes. Mine is is over 14 times faster. I am afraid you mixed bits and bytes, megas and kilos.
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Thanks for the replies.

Yeah, my Internet is S-L-O-W.

I don't think it is faster than anybody's! haha

Off line seems to be working like normal.

Does the line speed make a difference in the time
it takes for pages to load?

Is there anyway it can be improved???

I think I will call peoplepc and do a little complaining!

We are in the country and cannot have DSL or anything like that;
not yet they tell me.

Janie

P.S. Edited to add that the line speed is 16.8 Kbps...this morning it was 14.4!

Edited by flowergirl, 07 April 2007 - 08:16 AM.

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If you get only about 16 kbs (kilobit per second) then you are worse off by a factor of about 110 compared to my connection. That's very slow indeed. Your dialup modem should enable about 56 kbs. Try to call your service provider and check with it.

Your computer seem to have no problems other then that.

By the way, where I live, In a small village in the north-east of Galillee, in Israel, we only got DSL connection about three years ago. So there is hope, I believe, to northern Indiana.
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Oh my goodness, you live near the Biblical town of Galilee.
That is so great!

Your note made me smile; yes, there absolutely is hope for
DSL in my area! :whistling:

Edited by flowergirl, 07 April 2007 - 08:45 AM.

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This is what the technician from peoplepc told me to do.

I did it....it did not help a bit.

Control panel
Phone and modem
Modems
Properties
Advanced
He had me type in:
ATZ+MS=V34^M

Then click
OK
OK


Computer is still just as S_L_O_W loading websites
or my email account. :whistling:

Edited by flowergirl, 07 April 2007 - 04:31 PM.

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If your speeds slowed down that much I would suspect the phone lines. Do you hear any static when you pick up a phone?

http://www.smartcomp...r...1.asp&guid=

Problem: The modem’s download speed is extremely slow.

Solution: Does your connection slow to a crawl? Are you a year older when a page loads? If so, remember that analog modems aren’t the fastest connections around. DSL and cable boast speeds up to 50 times faster, and sometimes more.

What’s more, even a 56K modem won’t connect at 56K. Speeds in the 30 to 50Kbps (kilobits per second) range are far more common, given problems with phone lines, line noise, and modems themselves. In fact, when computer and modem makers say “56K,” what they mean is “56K under ideal conditions that don’t exist outside our labs.” Problems that keep your connection from achieving its fastest speed include your distance from the phone company’s switching station and whether your neighborhood or apartment building has a concentrator (a device that converts analog phone lines into digital signals).

Last, your DNS (Domain Name System) and DUN (dial-up networking) settings can add molasses to your modem. Rather than tweak them yourself, it’s best to call your ISP’s help desk, explain the problem, and ask them for guidance, as the settings they recommend may depend on the configuration of their internal systems.


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Thanks for the suggestions, WM.

After reading about the phone line, (mine isn't crackly)
I thought just maybe trying a different phone number for my hook
up would help. But it didn't. (There are only two local numbers I can use
to connect to peoplepc.)

I am going to take my computer to the computer shop this week
and have it checked out...if they hook it up to their DSL line
and it works great; then I will KNOW it is my Internet provider
or my phone line causing the problem and NOT my computer.

If that is the case, I may go to Broadband even though it is
a lot more expensive.

Thanks again everyone.
I am going to do more searches here for SLOW page loads.

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My husband took my computer to The Computer Shop.
(That is the name of it: "The Computer Shop"!)

Here is how they fixed my SLOW page load.
They put in a new Motem. :whistling:
They said the Motem had a glitch.
(I assumed a faulty Motem wouldn't work at all.)

It only cost $23.00 for the Motem ($30 labor)

Page load is GREAT now.
It works fine and dandy; quite fast enough considering it is
Dial up and CHEAP. ($9.95 per month...peoplepc.com)


P.S. It was a V92 Modem

P.S.S. I am Happy. :blink:

Edited by flowergirl, 09 April 2007 - 05:38 PM.

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I want to edit the topic title so it shows the problem is solved.

Whiskeyman said it should show by clicking on full edit.

I must be overlooking it because I just don't see how to change the title.

Can we edit it?

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You need to click Full Edit in the first post.
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WM, when I click on FULL EDIT it only has my message to edit.
I do not see any place to edit the subject or topic.

All it says above my message is: Poll Options Click here to manage this topic's poll

Thanks for the help.

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