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Computer randomly being slow and unresponsive


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uzy5o

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Recently, my computer has started going through brief periods of being slow and unreponsive quite frequently. It usually occurs just after I start it up or after resuming from sleep. You know the slight buzzing sound the computer makes when it's busy? My computer also makes that sound when that happens, but at a much slower frequency than usual. When this happens, there's pretty much nothing I can do. The cursor will change into the busy cursor as soon as I try to click on anything, and I pretty much have no choice but to wait for my computer to "snap out of it" on its own. This usually takes around a minute.
My computer is a laptop that's almost five years old, so that might have something to do with it.
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Start Task Manager. Click on the CPU column header once or twice until it's sorted in descending order. Leave it visible on the Desktop. When it next goes non-responsive, look at Task Manager and see if it shows what if hogging the CPU.
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It just happened again. Task manager didn't freeze and managed to keep updating, but it didn't show anything useful. The entire time, "System Idle Process" was at the top with about 98% CPU.
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I don't think a buzzing computer is a good thing :lol:

Let's see what PCPitStop can tells us:

Please Run the PCPitstop Full Tests, here: PCPitstop Full Tests

You must use Internet Explorer as it needs to install an ActiveX program.

Note: Vista/Windows 7 users with UAC must first Right-click IE - Select "Run as Administrator"

If you haven't already registered, Click - Sign up now! (left hand column in User Login)

Register and create a password
Accept the ActiveX component to allow your machine to run the Full Tests
Registering and accepting the ActiveX are both SAFE and FREE.

The Full Tests take less than 5 minutes for most machines.

Once you have your Results, please post the URL (the http:// stuff) back here into this thread for review.

Note: Vista/Windows 7 users, please close your instance of IE "Running as Administrator" after you are finished reviewing your Results.

Caution: During the testing of Video Adapter, a variety of patterns, shapes, colors and text are “flashed” onto the users monitor screen. In the many thousands of daily uses of the PCPitstop Full Tests over several years, two individuals who suffer epilepsy experienced discomfort and temporary dizziness when viewing the flashing patterns.

If you know that you are susceptible to photo driven seizure, please look away from your screen during the Video Adapter testing sequence.

Note: The PCPitstop Full Tests Results is a free service, but is supported by various paid product advertisements for utilities that "could" remedy the OP's problem.

Since this site is a "free-help" forum, we do not recommend or endorse purchase of automated utilities, and will assist you in manually correcting any problems and settings necessary to optimize your machine's performance. Ask your questions here. We'll help you walk through any necessary steps.
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Here is the link:

http://www.pcpitstop...?conid=25297426
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The first thing I noticed was that you have 16GB of deleted stuff in the Recycle bin. Do the following:

How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Make sure you check Recycle Bin so that gets emptied.

Also, you have and old version of Java 6 Rel 20 that should be deleted. I see you already have the latest Java 7 Rel 17 installed.

Bittorrent can be hazardous if you are not very careful and will use computer resources if left running as a server. If you are not using it, uninstall it.

Look through your list of installed software and uninstall anything you are not using.

Download and install CCleaner from the following link: CCleaner - Standard

During installation, uncheck the option to install the Yahoo toolbar.

Start CCleaner. Click on Tools (ICON) and Select the following BUTTONS to create two (2) text files:
  • Uninstall > Save to text file (install) – bottom right corner of app window
  • Startup > Save to text file (startup)
Locate and open each saved file in the ‘Documents’ FOLDER:
  • Copy and paste the contents of each file into your next post (2 files).

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