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chinmay420

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Hey guys,
I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FS920 (80 GB, 512 MB, XP SP3). It was bought in 2005. Since the past 6 months, the laptop has been getting slower and slower. A few of the problems that I have are:

1. Programs take forever to open - Even for functions like opening the Control Panel, (the torch will show) it takes at least 40-50 secs.
2. Multitasking is difficult - If I open multiple windows, it slows down drastically.
3. Embedded applications cause the browsers, and eventually other open programs, to slow down and sometimes hang.

Audio and video stuttering were one of the problems I could solve, by changing the mode to DMA.

I've scanned the computer with AVG, Kaspersky and AAW - all updated versions (I have no Antivirus). No viruses, except a few tracking cookies which I removed.

Can anyone help me diagnose why it's acting so slow? Do all old computers do this?
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Anthony19

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Hello chinmay420 & Welcome to GTG ,

I will need some more information
If it is a name brand system:
Make and Model
Operating System
Age of the computer
Memory Total
Hard Drive Size, How much free space



If it is custom then I will need the following:
The CPU brand and model
The Motherboard brand and model
Ram amount and speed
Cd\Dvd rom interface IDE/ SATA
Hard Drive size and free space
Any cards in PCI slots
Any software installed\updated and driver updates done just before problem started

All this will help in determining a course of action to best correct the problem you are experiencing

( Blatantly ripped from rshaffer61 , Too lazy to type... and im in a rush )

As it could be multiple issue's causing these situations...

I suggest you go here : http://www.geekstogo...ow-t210685.html

Thank you Artellos for such a great guide !

Best of luck
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Happy computing

Anthony19

Edited: More info :)

Quote: I have no Antivirus

I suggest you install one :) , and make sure you have windows firewall on at a bare minimum, if not running a custom firewall... ( That is like your first line of defence :) )

Edited by Anthony19, 21 April 2009 - 03:49 AM.

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Have you tried to Optimize your computer?
You should optimize your computer. Follow this :
http://www.microsoft...e/optimize.mspx
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To Anthony19:No problem :) with blatantly ripping from me.
Chinmay I would suggest one of the many free anti virus programs located from the link in my signature below.
Please provide the info Anthony19 requested and as smith134 has suggested the issue may be optimizing your system. Please let us know what the results are
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chinmay420

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Thanks for the welcome Anthony. Here's the info you'd asked for:

Make and Model: Sony Vaio VGN_FS920
Operating System: Windows XP Version 2002- SP3
Age of the computer: 4 years
Memory Total: 512 MB (though system information says 504 MB)
Hard Drive Size, How much free space: 68.5 GB, 47.8 GB used, 20.6 GB free

No new software has been installed in the past 2 months.

Also, I'm going to optimise the computer tonight (makes it to slow to work and optimise at the same time!)

Will update you on how that goes by tomorrow...

Thanks a lot guys!

Edited a few hours later:

Did all that was recommended on the optimisation page....hasn't helped much though!!

Another few hours:

Made some changes in the registry...found a couple of malware like amvo.exe and removed them. After this, the speed has considerably improved.

However, I do have one doubt: Does a computer get slower with 'Age'?

Edited by chinmay420, 23 April 2009 - 09:09 PM.

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Anthony19

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Hello chinmay420

Quote: found a couple of malware like amvo.exe and removed them

In that case, i suggest you get checked out in the malware forum , you'l be in good hands :)

Head over here : http://www.geekstogo...uide-t2852.html

Run through step by step , saving all logs / results...

Then start a new thread here : http://www.geekstogo...emoval-f37.html

Once you get the all clear , if there is still any problem's , we can proceed here...

Dont forget to include a link to this thread ( http://www.geekstogo...op-t236372.html )

Best of luck !
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Happy computing

Anthony19
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chinmay420

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Hi Anthony19,

I've followed all that was listed on the guide, and here's the link to the new thread

http://www.geekstogo...td-t238151.html
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Thank You For Co-Operation and prompt reply
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