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makihara

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Hello,

I'm not sure if this is the correct place but here goes nothing:

i had the virut virus last week and so i did a reformat and reinstall to set things straight.

Only problem is my computer seems quite laggy at times when clicking on open windows and the only thing i can think of is that my paging file size has changed. My laptop (dell inspiron 6400) started off with 512 ad i upgraded to 2GB and then changed my paging file to god knows what. Could a missing driver for the chipset effect speed?

So anyway i am looking for some advice on what to change my initial and maximum paging file size to.

(I run windows XP)

Thanks for your help,
James
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What was used to reinstall Windows? Microsoft Windows CD, or some recovery CD?
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It was a microsoft windows CD.

The lagginess can only be descibed as what used to happen to my computer if i had lots of windows open and left my laptop for a period of longer than 30 mins. When i would come back the windows would minimize or restore in slow vertical strips.
This was reduced after my RAM upgrade.

To be honest i think things are better now, maybe i got it because of all the things i was installing and transferring.

BUt i'd still like to know your thoughts on what my paging file size should be to get the best speed out of my computer.

thanks,
James

Edited by makihara, 04 April 2010 - 03:25 AM.

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The page file is created during the Windows XP installation and resides on the hard drive. Page files are measured in megabytes. The size of the page file is based on how much RAM is installed in the computer. By default, XP creates a page file which is 1.5 times the amount of installed RAM and places it on the hard drive where XP is installed.


You probably have some other issues.
Since you used a XP cd did you install the board chipset drivers and any other drivers required?

Please Go to
1: STARTand the click on RUN
2: Type in devmgmt.msc
3: Click Enter
4. Look for any entries with Yellow Exclamation ! marks or Red X's

In your next reply please include those results
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Well the slow window minimise and restore is back again.

So yeah there is three yellow ones in device manager called base system devices.

One will be my Ricoh sc/xd card reader which is crap and i havnt bothered getting the driver.

Not sure what the other two are...modem?

There is an intel driver for the mobile chipset, which i did install and just installed again, just in case.
The list of drivers is here: http://support.dell..../...atid=

I've installed most but i can't find any other ones relevant to my chipset.

Edit- chrome seems to be the main offender of the slow window minimise.

Two questions then:

1) What do you reckon the three yellow quesiton marks in device manager are?
2) SHall i just leave my page file settings as they are?


thanks for helping me out here,
James

Edited by makihara, 04 April 2010 - 06:11 AM.

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Don't worry about page file for now. I don't think, this is your issue.
I'm not sure, why Ricoh R5C832 driver is listed in chipset section, but I'd install it anyway.
You installed main chipset driver, which is good.

What do you reckon the three yellow quesiton marks in device manager are?

In what section are they listed? Any more info about them?

Edit- chrome seems to be the main offender of the slow window minimise.

Explain, please.
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In what section are they listed? Any more info about them?


Turns out they are all related to the Ricoh card reader. So no more yellow question marks.


Explain, please.


Chrome seemed to be the only window that was being so laggy after i tried leaving open a variety of different applications.



Anyway, sorry to be so troublesome.
I just feel like my computer used to be faster.

So if you dont think its the paging file or anything like that then i guess its all in my head :)

Thank you,
James
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With 2GB on XP, you don't have to worry about page file size at all. Leave it to be handled by Windows.
By Chrome, do you mean the browser?
Define "laggy".
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Yes sorry i mean browser.

I think everything is normal now. The "lagginess" property of certain applications to open really slowly has stopped.

Really sorry to waste your time, but thanks anyway,
James
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That's fine. Don't worry about it :)
I'm glad, things are back to normal :)
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