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By john.a.wills ·
When I try to do something with my XP on Axus hardware after a time of **** nothing all reactions are at first very slow, then things get as fast as I would like. This is particularly noticeable with Internet matters. It is as though the machine needs to warm up for a while. Any ideas about cause or cure?

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by BFilmFan In reply to foot-dragging

How much RAM is in the sytem?

What speed is the processor?

What other services are running?

What Internet browser are you using?

What is the speed of the Internet connection?

What anti-virus, malware and trojans have you scanned for?

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by john.a.wills In reply to

I have answered your questions in a general comment on the question.

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by dmiles In reply to foot-dragging

I've found with optical mice is that they are surprisingly sensitive to the surface they're on. On a bad surface they'll often have exactly as you describe. They seem to not only stop responding, but occasionally mis-read movement and dart off in completely unexpected directions ... like a mouse scurrying for cover.

The best surfaces for the mouse would be something with a slight texture, and a constant surface. Make sure there's no high contrast text or images as well.

After not using mouse pads for a long time, I've found that they're typically the best solution, and very helpful in keeping my optical mice behaving.

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by john.a.wills In reply to

How did you know I had an optical mlouse? But that's not the problem: the slowness is also evident from the keyboard.

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by w2ktechman In reply to foot-dragging

along with those, what things may be running while the system is idle. There are a slew of programs that perform functions when the system is not busy.

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by john.a.wills In reply to

Perhaps you can give me some examples and instructions of finding them.

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by john.a.wills In reply to foot-dragging

224 MB RAM, 1.82 GHz, no other services obvious, Netscape on DSL, filtered through Norton virus- and adware-catchers.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to foot-dragging

To find out what services are running give it the MS 3 finger salute Ctrl, ALT & Delete all pushed at the same time this will bring up the Windows Task Manager and if you then click on the Process Tab you'll see exactly what is currently running.

But for starters the RAM that you mentioned should be 256 MEG so I'm taking it that you have On Board Video as there is some RAM Missing so you are not only using system RAM but the CPU to produce video so really you should have more RAM loaded onto the M'Board and you'll get slightly better performance.

Although with On Board Video things will always be much slower than if you had a dedicated Video Card which has much faster RAM and it's own Graphic Processing Unit to generate the video.

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by john.a.wills In reply to

but surely I do not get more RAM by pressing buttons and waiting a while...

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by john.a.wills In reply to foot-dragging

The foot-dragging does not happen every time I go back after being hours away, but it does usually happen.

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