Help me figure out why my computer is so slow v.list of tests

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  1. Falconer

    Falconer OT Supporter

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    I posted this here cuz in the main forum it would be all dumb ass replies that don't help like "user error" or "get a mac" or whatever.

    Alright, my computer is a few years old, but up until a month or two ago it was still as fast as the day I bought it. It's a Sony Vaio desktop, 3GHz, 2G of RAM. The harddrive is factory partitioned into C:\ (12gigs, stores all system files) and D:\ (140 gigs, all the other files).

    When I say it's "slow" i mean like when I double click on an image in windows explorer, it will say "generating preview" for like 10 seconds before it finally opens. And it's not because it's a big image or anything: it will even do that for like small 200x400 pics.

    Ad-aware and SpyBot both say I'm clean, as do Panda ActiveScan and TrendMicro virus scans. I ran nCleaner and CCleaner and removed everything they suggested. I just did a defrag, too.

    I'm not sure what else could be slowing me down.

    Oh, if this matters, my C:\ (the 12gig system file one) has 2 gigs free (about 15%). My D:\ drive has 1 gig free (less than 1%). However, when I try to open an image on my D:\ drive, it opens very quickly; it's the C:\ drive where everything is going super slow.

    Any ideas of things to try or scan to run or anything?

    Thanks.
     
  2. cmsurfer

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    When's the last time you ran a defrag?
     
  3. Falconer

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    Last night. I only defragged the C: drive. The D: drive only has 1% of it's memory free, and defragger requires 15%. But then again, the D drive isn't giving me any issues. Pics and programs load very quickly from it. It's the C drive that is being slow.
     
  4. Stilgar1973

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    You need to clean up both your drives. Go through them and clear out EVERYTHING. The temp folder, the download folder, everything.

    Get that free space down to about 10 or 12 percent and then run the defrag.
     
  5. DAN513

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    www.ccleaner.com
    download it, install it and run it. It will find you a ton of space on your C drive.
    www.defraggler.com
    download it, and run it. I find it's a more efficient defrag program than the one built into windows.

    Both are free.
     
  6. Falconer

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    I already used ccleaner as I mentioned in my post.

    I will try defraggler since it's better than the Windows one.
     
  7. OniMinion

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    You might also want to consider running a defrag multiple times, as sometimes one pass is not enough.

    Have you tried running Run>msconfig>Startup (tab)? You might want to check and see if you are running a lot of useless tasks in the background. I love Win7 for this, as it doesn't run a bunch of useless items in the background anymore.
     
  8. thekraft

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    If he doesn't have enough room on his systems partition, all the defragging in the world won't help. Free off some space first, about 10-15 percent as stilgar said, and see it that helps.
     
  9. Falconer

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    Dumb question, but there's a ton of shit in there. How do I know which are essential?

    There is 15% free space on the C: drive, which is the slow one.

    There is 1% free space on the D: drive, which is lightning fast.

    Hence my confusion...
     
  10. Falconer

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    im defragging with defragger right now. its been 45 minutes and it's 25% done.

    windows defrag utility took 1 hour to do the entier thing. i dunno if theres a direct correlation btwn time and efficiency of defrag or what.

    anyway, im posting from my phone now so it can do what it needs to do.

    it said i had 59% fragmentation before i started. is that bad?
     
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    Holy shit, 59% is horrible.
     
  12. Falconer

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    Now it's completed and it's at 8%. It says it recommends defragging again. Should I keep defragging until it says it's no longer recommended?

    Images and files are still taking forever to open on the C: drive.

    My D: drive, which is only 1% free and super fast, has 4% fragmentation.
     
  13. OniMinion

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    I don't know what OS you are running for sure, but I assume WinXP. Your computer is starting to sound like the "NakedLadiesMachine" comp I ended up fixing at GeekSquad years ago now. Step one, use private browsing when looking at all that damn porn. Second, I don't know what program you have installed on your system; therefore, I cannot tell you what to uninstall. If you could post a pic of the full list of msconfig, then I could tell you for definitively what needs to stay, and what needs to go. I'm also guessing you didn't run spyware removal in safe mode - as some have startup entries that disallow removal. Use your best judgement on the programs listed. If it seems to be a Win system file, don't disallow it.


    You will need to defrag again, and again, and again - as I'm guessing you've never. Don't worry, you porn images will load faster for faping as soon as you get un necessary startup programs removed, and spyware COMPLETELY removed.
    :eek4:
     
  14. thekraft

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    What exactly is running slow? Is it just opening pictures? Are you using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer?
     
  15. OniMinion

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    Fap too slow... must... increase... speed of image load time...

    It also could be a bad HD :(
     
  16. Falconer

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    Anything coming from my C: drive is running slow. Windows Explorer takes 10 seconds to open when I hit Windows-key+E. Opening a picture file, for example, takes 10 seconds if that picture is on the C: drive. But if it's on the D: drive, it opens instantly. Yes, I'm using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.

    Programs on the C drive take forever to open and run slow.

    Programs on the D drive are fine.

    What's private browsing? I use Firefox 3 99.9% of the time, with the 0.1% being when I have to use IE to access certain websites, like for renewing my license plate sticker and stuff.

    Yes, Win XP.

    Here's a composite image of msconfig --> Startup

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    I ran it in safe mode. It still says I'm clean.

    I'm down to 5% fragmentation from 59%. I ran it a few more times on the C: drive. Things are a little faster now, but still super slow compared to how they used to be and compared to the D: drive.
     
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    Holy crap... I've never seen that much stuff on startup on a machine.

    Un-check all and do a reboot. See if that helps the problem. Then you can add only what you need to run on startup. You can usually google the names if you don't know what they are.
     
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    I'd also run the SMART diagnostic tests on your hard drives to make sure they are functioning properly.
     
  19. Falconer

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    Most of that stuff needs to run in the background cuz I use it constantly. Some of the ones I had never heard of were videocard applications, Asian font support, bunch of other crap.

    If I uncheck all and then reboot will my computer still start up ok???

    I'll try that tonight once I finish working.

    In the meantime, any other ideas for things that I should try? Would posting a hijackthis log or anything help?

    Edit - also, I used to have some programs that I manually told to not run on startup (unchecked the boxes), and every time I booted my computer I'd get this window telling me "you have disabled some shit that was supposed to run at startup." It was annoying. Finally I deleted all the programs in question (so there was no longer anything unchecked) and that message went away.
     
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    I see ATI, Nvidia, and possible Intel onboard video drivers loaded there that might be causing conflicts. Also with all that loading at startup your 2GB of physical RAM are most likely completely used up which then makes your PC dependent on virtual memory which is really slow and runs off of your almost full hard drives.
     
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    Do you have a screenshot of the Performance tab in the task manager?
     
  23. Falconer

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    Yeah, do you want a screenshot of when my computer first boots up when nothing is running, before I start running any programs? Or do you want one from like right now when I'm doing stuff?
     
  24. Falconer

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    I have an Invidia video card right now. Should I remove the ATI stuff then?
     
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    When it first boots up.

    And yes remove any ATI items if you are running Nvidia.
     

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