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By huboldium ·
Hello,
recently my dell optiplex gs pc with windows 98 has been getting choppy when applications like word and excel as well as all games are open, also it begins to slow down and if it is on for more than about 30 minutes the computer slows down so much you cant get the screensaver off, it is not frozen
does anybody know how to fix this or where i can get help?

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by tammygo In reply to Computer slowing down

There are several things that can cause this type of problem. The first thing you should do is think about any changes you made to the system around the time the problem started. I will list the most common issuesthat I have run into.

1) Antivirus If you have an antivirus it could be set to scan "all files when run" which will slow the pc down alot.

2)Too many open programs. Clean out extra junk from starting when the system starts up. Look in start>programs>startup and remove anything you don't need (realplayer, shockwave console, Alexa are common culprits)

run regedit and look in
hkey_local_machine\software\microsoft\current_version\run (before removing anything from there export that key by going to regestry>export registry file

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by tammygo In reply to Computer slowing down

There are several things that can cause this type of problem. The first thing you should do is think about any changes you made to the system around the time the problem started. I will list the most common issuesthat I have run into.

1) Antivirus If you have an antivirus it could be set to scan "all files when run" which will slow the pc down alot.

2)Too many open programs. Clean out extra junk from starting when the system starts up. Look in start>programs>startup and remove anything you don't need (realplayer, shockwave console, Alexa are common culprits)

run regedit and look in
hkey_local_machine\software\microsoft\current_version\run (before removing anything from there export that key by going to regestry>export registry file

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by gbworld In reply to Computer slowing down

There are a variety of things that could be causing this to happen. Here are some suggestions for better performance.

1. Defrag your drives. You can use the tool that comes with Windows 98, but I would suggest getting a more industrial strength tool like Norton Utilities or Diskkeeper. Fragmented drives can cause major slow downs.

2. Increase your memory. The more stuff that you load, esp. as terminate and stay resident (virus programs, etc.). This is esp. true if you hear the disk drive being accessed regularly (lots of paging going on).

Tools that optimize your RAM can also help.

If you do not have a virus scanner, slowdowns on systems can also be indicative of a virus infection. Virii, esp. those that attack winsock, are notoriously chatty, which can slow down a machine tremendously.

You may also have a memory leak in some program that you have on your system. Hold cntl-alt-delete and see what is running on your system. Just make sure you do not shut down apps like "explorer" or you will be rebooting very quickly.

Another possibility, esp. if you have loaded tons of applications, is that the registry size is too large. This can partially be cured by deleting unused programs, but not everything can be cleaned.A good cleanup utility will help here. If you have nothing to delete, you will have to add RAM to compensate for a large registry.

Hope this helps.

Gregory A. Beamer
MCP: +I, SE, SD, DBA

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