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ekstatman

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I have an older HP Pavilion (Model a230n) with an AMD Athlon 2800+ processor at 2.08 GHz. I have 960MB of RAM and 46.7GB of free space on a 107GB hard drive. I am running Windows XP Home Edition version 2002 with SP3. My computer takes forever to start up and when it finishes startup, I launch a program and it takes forever to start. Any guidance is much appreciated.
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wannabe1

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Hello ekstatman...

Let's see what transfer mode the drives are using.

Right click on My Computer and choose "Properties". Click the "Hardware" tab and then the "Device Manager" button. Expand (click +) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.

Right click on the Primary IDE channel, choose "Properties", then click the "Advanced Settings" tab. List the Current Transfer Mode for each device shown for this channel.

Right click on the Secondary IDE channel, choose "Properties", then click the "Advanced Settings" tab. List the Current Transfer Mode for each device shown for this channel.

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Primary IDE Channel:

Device 0: Current Transfer Mode is Ultra DMA Mode 5
Device 1: Not Applicable

Secondary IDE Channel:

Device 0: Current Transfer Mode is Ultra DMA Mode 2
Device 1: Current Transfer Mode is Ultra DMA Mode 2
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Hmmmm...

Those are all correct.

Do all applications open slowly or just certain ones?

Have you checked the machine for malware?

Edited by wannabe1, 28 April 2010 - 06:00 PM.

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Any app I open is slow to open. I did check for viruses and malware and nothing! Could it be that the desktop is just old?
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lets try this...
go to START..RUN...type in MSCONFIG...then click on OK or press ENTER..
click on START UP TAB...uncheck everything EXCEPT your AV and firewall...if its a laptop you have to be careful about what you uncheck or your touch pad and wireless and things like that will not function for you..
google each start up item to decide if you need it to load with windows...unchecking them does not remove them ..they are still available to use...

the next thing we are going to do is turn off indexing ....its a resource hog and if you aren't searching for things on your computer 10 times a day it will only slow down your system....

click on start...my computer...right click on C: drive....properties...on the general tab..uncheck ...allow indexing on this drive and compress drive....

To clean your temp folder, recycle bin, index.dat etc..please download this free tool...

CCleaner

Don't install any Toolbars, or other programs, should it ask you...Just
uncheck the option of installing the Yahoo toolbar....if you get
the slim version it does not have the toolbar
thats the one I recommend...

It will put a shortcut on your Desktop.

Click on CCleaner to start it....
Before first use...
Select Options then Advanced.
UNCHECK "Only delete files in Windows Temp folder older than 48 hours"

Then click "Run Cleaner"

DO NOT USE ANY OF THE OTHER TOOLS...RUNNING THEM MAY CAUSE OTHER PROBLEMS

next get diskeeper lite here...

after installing it...click on the icon...close the "nag" screen...click on your c drive to select it ...then down towards the bottom ...click on defragment now...first time you use it it may take 15 to 30 minutes to complete...do it about every two weeks and it will complete in about 7 minutes...
reboot and tell me hows its running...
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It boots up quicker and apps are faster to open...definitely an improvement...thanks!
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your welcome...and thanks for letting us know...
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