PC running very slowly.

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Lord Turkey Cough, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. I have a Cryix MII 300 processor and I have found my PC rather
    sluggish of late, especially on mulitmedia applications.
    Would it be worth increasing my 128meg (256 is max possible) of ram or do I
    have some sort of
    virus/spyware issue?
     
    Lord Turkey Cough, Oct 18, 2007
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  2. Asuming you're running Windows, go to Task Manager (right-click on the blue
    bar at the bottom of the screen, then select Task Manager).
    In Tak Manager, click the 'Performance' Tab.
    Two little bar meters appear, one giving 'cpu usage', the other giving 'pf
    usage' (page file usage).
    If the page file usage is near max, then the chances are that adding more
    memory will help, since it is likely your computer is using its hard drive
    as virtual memory, which is a very slow and inefficient way of doing things.
    I added more RAM memory to my lap-top recently, and it really transformed
    it!

    Tim.
     
    . . . . Timothy . . . ,. ., Oct 18, 2007
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  3. Lord Turkey Cough

    Alex Clayton Guest

    What OE? Windows? If so which one? Do you have anti spyware? Anti virus?
     
    Alex Clayton, Oct 18, 2007
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  4. Lord Turkey Cough

    e.w. Guest

    You may also want to run Disk Defragmenter. If you use Windows 3.x,
    exit Program Manager to DOS and type DEFRAG and press Enter. If it's
    Win 9x or newer, open My Computer, right-click on the C:\ drive and
    select Properties. A window will pop up. Click on the tab labelled
    Tools, then the button for Disk Defragmenter.

    Over time, data on the hard disk drive becomes scattered, or
    fragmented, sort of like a desk becoming cluttered. The Disk
    Defragmenter utility reorganizes the data such that it is more compact
    and can be accessed faster.

    I showed this to a friend of mine and it made his machine noticably
    faster. However, be warned that if you have never ran it before it
    can take hours to complete.

    Hope this helps.
     
    e.w., Oct 20, 2007
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