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Jaysama

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Hello!
I have a Dell XPS GEN4 comp, bought it a few years ago. Has Windows XP. Now I love my comp.. ubt there are times when it slows to a halt. It's bad. Especially when I'm playing City Of Heroes, which is very intense on my comp.

I've been doin disc defrags and cleanups on it. I have AVG Virus scanner, which I do on a regular basis. I have Spy Doctor, which I use to scan my comp on a regular basis. I have Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware scanner, which I use on a regular basis. Despite all this, I still seem to have alot of problems! It's to the point where IE will start to load, and then just die. I might go through 2 or 3 pages, and then nothing! If I play City of Heroes for more than 2 hours, it drags down my comp even more!

What kind of suggestions would you offer for me? I plan to buy a new comp in the next couple months.. but I need this one to start runnin like a champ in the meantime. Is there some kind of diagnostic I can run that someone could lok at and tell me if there's a serious problem? Is it just the fact it's a few years old?

I am greatly appreciative of any information you can offer
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Defrag your hard drive

Empty temp files.

OTher than that, you'd have to spend money.
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If I didn't mind spendin money, what would be your suggestions?
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Jaysama-

How much RAM do you have on your system? That might make a big difference. The other thing to check is processor speed. If your CPU can't handle a heavy workload then you might be pushing it to hard.
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Yeah, adding RAM is your best option if you want to spend money.I think with modern systems 2GB is a minimum.
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Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.20GHz
3.19 GHz, 1.00 GB of Ram

I know what mist of that means. So I should mebbe buy more RAM?
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Yes. Do you know what kind of RAM your motherboard takes? Is it DDR2(PC2) or DDR(PC)? What frequency?
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Possibly hard drive issues can be causing slow down problems, it's usually quick and easy to run a diagnostic. And how much free space is on your hard drive?

Also from the command prompt - run chkdsk /r and also sfc /scannow.
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I don't know what kind of ram it takes.. Where can I find that out? And I'll try those diagnostics tonight
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Jaysama-

Go to here and run the Crucial online scanner.
This will give you the exact memory configuration for your system.
You do not have to buy the memory from there, but write down the information. If you need assistance in purchasing the upgrade memory, we can assist you with suggestions also.

EDIT: Typo

Edited by FearNothingProductions, 08 April 2010 - 10:28 PM.

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Lets take a look at the drives and partitions.

Go to start
Go to run
Type in compmgmt.msc
Click on OK
On the left side under storage...click on disk management.
Make sure the right side showing the drives is expanded so we can see it all.
Take a screen shot showing the drives and partitions.

Attach it to your reply.
=============================================================================================
Avg virus scanner is heavy on resources and will slow the computer down.
I will recommend either Avira Free or Avast free.

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City of Heros
Minimum System Requirements:

Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP
Intel® Pentium® III 800 Mhz or AMD Athlon™ 800 Mhz
256 MB RAM
CD-ROM Drive
4 GB Available HDD Space
NVIDIA® GeForce 2 Series, ATI® Radeon® 7500 or Intel® i810G Series Video Card
16-bit Sound Card
56k modem
DirectX® 9.0c

Recommended System Requirements:

Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP
Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz or AMD® Athlon™ XP 2000+
1 GB RAM
16X CD-ROM Drive
4 GB Available HDD Space
NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6200
16-bit Sound Card
Broadband Internet Connection
DirectX® 9.0c

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Now lets look at some system information
Download and install Free Everest Home Edition
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report. Not the Report icon
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.
Click the + by computer, click on Sensor. Get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and voltages...

DO NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING UNDER THE LINE THAT SAYS "DEBUG- PCI"

123runner
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