Machine Running Slow
Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:03 AM
Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:09 AM
Svchost.exe 1216 (Red Line)
Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:10 AM
When it opens select the processes tab then click where it says 'cpu' at the top. Click it twice and it will have the high usage ones at the top.
Just the name will be shown and not all the details like that program.
Post the high usage stuff here.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:19 AM
Mcsheild.exe 2372 (red Line)
Yeah that's your antivirus program.
A progran for antivirus that is recommended around here is AVG which is free.
It uses less resources then Mcafee. But if you have a paid subscription to it then that is a decision to make.
Run this program to clean your computer.
Just run the Cleaner and not the registry cleaner for now.
Till you know more about what it will do. And get famliar with the program.
You can also run these programs here to check for trouble.
Then it may be as good as it gets unless you do a fresh install of your windows, which we don't want to go there I think.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:27 AM
That's your SpywareDoctor from what I have found.
Another thing you can do is click 'start' then 'run'.
Type in 'msconfig'.
Click the startup tab and uncheck the things you know you don't need running. Don't uncheck anything you are not sure of.
Under the services tab you can click hide all Microsoft services then see what's left and uncheck what you know you don't need.
Now don't uncheck anything you are not sure of. And post it if you wish. And we can see what it is.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:28 PM
What kind of processor and memory do you have.
Pentium 3, Pentium 4, Celeron or some other type.
And if you right click 'My Computer', click properties, you will get this info.
Also after clicking properties you can, and this is optional of course,
adjust your settings to get more power from your computer.
1. -Click the advanced tab-
Under visual effects, uncheck all but the bottom three boxes,
and smooth edges of screen fonts.
This should improve your performance.
2. -If you right click the destop, (an empty space where all your icons are) and click properties, Appearance tab. Under 'windows and buttons' click the down arrow, and if you choose 'Windows Classic' this will improve your performance, but you will loose the XP look of your computer.
You can do suggestion number 1 and retain the XP look but loose some of the fancy unneeded things that XP does. This is how I have my computer setup.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:50 PM
Open 'My Computer'
Right click your C Drive
Uncheck 'Allow Indexing Service.....'
Do this for any drive you have and it will free a large portion of performance.
The built in defrag for XP isn't the best imo.
You could use this one, I use it-
download the first zip file.
After the download, choose extraxt from the left side of the screen.
Wherever you downloaded it, preferably the desktop, or a place you have chosen.
The file will be unzipped there.
To run jkdefrag, choose JkDefrag.exe.
The other ones might just be confusing.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 12:10 AM
I've personally tried and tested a software called "Cacheman" its not a freeware and it offers 15-day trial.
Dont underestimate this old program.. its not that great of a software because its not FREE but surely it boosts my
system performance alot, but If you dont know what you are doing you might get your machine unstable.
I am using this software for about a week and is still planning to continue using it. I've bought the software already
and I am satisfied by its performance.
Anyways you should try using other FREE programs that geekstogo recommends before going to my recommendation.
Geekstogo staff is not responsible in any of my recommendations.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 08:23 AM
Cacheman is for all but Windows XP.
CachemanXP is for Windows XP.
And if you are going to buy it, know what it does.
I run the free version, just to have the ram and cpu stats visible.
THE BEST I've seen at controlling performance is 'Process Tamer' by mouser.
It will stop most all freezing off the computer, one should read up on it and learn about it first in the forum page that is on that link though.
I use it on this P3 550 640ram and my P3 600 768ram machines and because it works and it is free, but every 6 months you have to get a new license key if you haven't donated to the author.
Which means it's still free after every 6 months.
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