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Gateway system headache!!

By jeff.johnson ·
A friend of mine wanted me to see if I could speed up his system. He has a gateway running xp home edition with 256 mb of ddr ram with a 1.6 cpu. I did the usual things (defrag, startfolder cleanup, virus check, etc.) but I was unable to change it abit. I tried to get in and check the bios settings but gateway seems to have removed access to it during startup. Is there any other way to check the settings or does he have to have gateway do the work. Any help would be appreciated.

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by philldmc In reply to Gateway system headache!!

I would first check for additional programs running that could be slowing the system down. Gateway is famous for installing additional crap that slows the system down.

At the run command type "msconfig" and look at the start up tab and turn off the stuff you don't want running. By doing this you will free up system resources. Also do realize 256MB is ok for WinXP Pro but 512 is better. There is no such thing as toooo much memory, the more the better.

As for getting into the bios, without knowing the model number or motherboard model number I can't help you much. I do know that Intel motherboards are starting to require a jumper on the board to be in a certain position to enter the bios and place back when you are done in the bios.Hope this helps

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by daleking In reply to Gateway system headache!!

Have you tried hitting or holding down the F1 Key when you start the system to get into the bios? You can go to gateways support page and enter your friends computer serial number and check for any updates on the system. His system should still beunder warranty. There is also the chance your friend has lots of junk loading at startup- have you going to the system information, system configuration to see what does load at startup? Check out this section on Gateway:
http://support.gateway.com/support/default.asp

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You mentioned AV check. Is he using Trends PCCillin? I've seen that cause greif on most computers it runs on. Like you mentioned when PCCillin act's up, it slows the computer to an unbearable speed. Yuck...buy norton :) Hope this helps. Pete

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by dave.osborne In reply to Gateway system headache!!

For most gateway PCs, either hit the tab or space key as soon as it starts to boot, this will show you the "old" PC-speed, RAM count, Devices connected, etc ... which will also show you which key to hit to get into the BIOS ... if this doesn't work try other "hot keys" for the BIOS setup which include F2, F10, and the Delete keys. Hope this helps.

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by markb In reply to Gateway system headache!!

Disconnect the cable to your Hard Disk. Whe you switch the machine on, it should error and give you an option to enter the BIOS.

Mark

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