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Slikkie

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Hi

A few weeks ago my PC started running abnormally slow. I have an AMD 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ so I don't think it should be running as slow as it is. It's feeling like a 2ghz celeron at the moment. :)

I have scanned for viruses and malware with BitDefender Internet Security 2008, and it found nothing. I ran Registry Mechanic and fixed a few errors. That seems to help a bit but only for a few minutes. There aren't really any background programs running yet my PF usage is 450MB. I ran a defrag with DiskKeeper 2007 a few days ago.

I have two user accounts running at the same time, but that hasn't been a problem before. Here are my system specs.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ 2.00Ghz Processor
1GB DDR2 RAM
160GB Harddrive (15GB free)
GeForce 6150 128MB

Please help. It's driving me insane knowing that this comp can run MUCH faster than it currently is. :)

Slikkie

Edited by Slikkie, 10 December 2007 - 02:49 AM.

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2 main points: your RAM and your HDD.

1.) Your RAM is at 1GB. If you play games/use Photoshop/any high RAM usage program, you will surely feel laggy.

2.) Your HDD is 90% full, meaning PF is extremely low on your HDD. Not very important, though.

Also, RAM increases the speed of what the processor processes. Having a 4GhZ processor and 128MB RAM isn't really going to work.

Another tip: Processors boost multi-tasking and gaming FPS's more than actually speeding up the time of a program opens. Not sure, but I do believe so.

Try freeing up your startup list and running processes with CCleaner. While you're there, might as well select 'Run Cleaner' on the Cleaner tab.

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It is possible that your system has gone to PIO Mode. (Programmed Input/Output)
XP should run in DMA. (Direct Memory Access)

To check, open the Device Manager.

Once there, expand the entry called IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.
Double click the entry for "Primary IDE channel, and open the Advanced settings tab. Use the drop-down menu box to select 'DMA if available' for both boxes. The top section shoud be "Auto Detection" for both. Do the same for the "Secondary channel."

This is the most comprehensive page about it I have found, and contains a .vbs script if your system is 'stuck' and will not allow changes: http://winhlp.com/node/10
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Thanks for the replies.

There are 3 Primary IDE channels there. Not sure why though. All of them were already set to "DMA if available".

Any other ideas?
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Ideas-

Clean: http://www.atribune....tent/view/19/2/

Defrag: http://www.kessels.com/JkDefrag/

Checkdisk: http://www.updatexp....-xp-chkdsk.html

Scannow: http://www.updatexp....cannow-sfc.html

Process Explorer: http://www.5starsupp...?showtopic=8275

Services: http://www.blackvipe.../servicecfg.htm
http://www.theelderg...vices_guide.htm

Temperatures: http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php

General system info and suggestions: http://www.pcpitstop...top/default.asp
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