A few questions...

By Norehca ·
I have a few questions, ill just put them all in one thread so her eit goes:

What are the manin reasons a computer might be slugish not including adware (malware) / viruses etc.

Does constantly reinstalling an OS on a hard drive damage it?

Is there anyway to k now if your video card is damaged?

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A few things to check

by jdclyde In reply to A few questions...

First thing you need to do to get better responses is to give some more information. What are your system stats for CPU and RAM? What OS?

Things to look at, first look at how much memory you are using and compare that to how much RAM you have. If you peak over 75/80% it is time for some more.

**** the system out. If it is caked with dust, it can't cool down and that will affect the way it runs in unpredictable ways.

Clear out your temp folders and reboot. This is also the first thing to do before installing new applications AND after.

video card, is there a problem with the display? Swap the card out and see if the problem you are having goes away or not.

Installing an OS will not harm your hard drive, no matter how many times you do it. Failing to defrag your drive will cause extra "thrashing" which is hard on the drive and slows it down.

Good luck.

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A few answers

by gsquared In reply to A few questions...


Drive fragmentation can slow a computer way down. If using Windows XP, you can check this in All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragment; use the Analyze button

Using the swap file can slow a computer way down. You can check this in Windows XP by right-clicking the task bar (bottom of the screen) and selecting Task Manager, then open the Performance tab and look to see if the Memory Use is higher than the Physical Memory.

Those are two of the biggest culprits for slowing a computer down, outside of malware.

Constantly Reinstalling:

No, it won't harm the OS nor the HDD under normal circumstances. But it shouldn't be necessary.

Video Card:

Some video cards come with diagnostic software. Some video card manufacturers might have diagnostic software available to download. But the main way to tell is if the screen doesn't display anything at all. What symptoms do you have that make you suspect the video card might be damaged.

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As others have said already

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to A few questions...

What are the manin reasons a computer might be slugish not including adware (malware) / viruses etc.

If the hardware is OK and within specs then I would be looking at a Fragmented Drive. But I would also consider the speed of the CPU the amount of Cache that it has and how much RAM is involved.

Does constantly reinstalling an OS on a hard drive damage it?

No but if you are constantly Activating the OS and other Software you'll get to have to speak to the maker and have to prove that you are not pirating their software this will be their first expectation.

Is there anyway to k now if your video card is damaged?

Generally speaking looking at the monitor is a pretty good indication of if the Video Card is damaged or not and here I meant the normal Desktop not some GPU intensive Game that will tax any Video Card to the limit.

But there are some diagnostic tests that are capable of reinforcing the workings of any Video Card and depending on what it is you want to do there are many sources for these test utilities. They can be as basic as a Norton's System Tools installation that can run some very basic Diagnostics on the Video to some really high end utilities that will tax the Video Card Harder. Most problems with Video Cards occur because the GPU isn't kept cool enough and overheats and gets damaged that way. With AGP, PCI & PCI X Press the heat sinks are generally facing down and can detach from the video card much easier than the old ISA ones that used to have all their weight pushing down on the GPU. They are also not as good at transferring heat away from the GPU s heat wants to rise not sink to the Heat Sinks.

However most of the Makers have recognized this problem by now and have a method of keeping the heat sinks held in place but fans on the Heat Sinks can & do fail and allow the GPU to overheat.


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