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By Seadogs ·
I am trying to improve the performance on a pc. It is running windows ME. The CPU speed is 800 MB and I believe it has 256 MB RAM and about 5 GB of hard drive space. It got hit by a virus a few months ago. I ended up reinstalling the OS from scratch. It runs ok now, but not nearly as fast as it has in the past, or as fast as you would think for such a pc. It is not quite a year old. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions to try? I've heard that recreating the swap file may help, but how do you do that? Thanks!

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by TheChas In reply to improve performance

First a question,
When you started over from scratch, did you fdisk and format the hard drive?
If not, there may be "remnants" from the old installation getting in the way.

Next, did you install all MB drivers?
While it is possible that the default Me drivers work fine, I prefer to use the drivers from the MB / chipset mfg. They are updated on a regular basis.

Then, I would review any add-ons that were installed.

As to the swap file, there was a lengthy discussion on optimizing theswap file a few months back. The conclusion was to use a utility such as Norton Speed Disk to create an optimized swap file.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to improve performance

Hi,

You know I have this theory about PCs. They slow down with age. They sense you've seen your friends sparkling new machine and drop a few MHz in spite.

I think that sometimes speed of PCs is somewhat of an illusion...

Do as TheChas says and if it still seems slow than consider overclocking it. If you're careful and monitor the CPU heat its a *reasonably* safe thing to do. Especially if you dont muck with the voltages.

Overclocking will certainly shorten its life, but lets face it, in a year or two you'll replace it anyway.

http://www.overclockercafe.com

Cheers,
Tim.

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by Seadogs In reply to improve performance

Honestly I can't be 100% sure, but I think I reformated the drive when I reinstalled windows ME.

How would one go about overclocking? Is there an overclocking for idiots posting somewhere? Thanks!

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by TechKid In reply to improve performance

I've never been a fan of overclocking. I see it as only extending the life of your PC for a few months. Or if you're a huge gamer it can have some benefits but for the average home user it's dangerous. Windows ME is probably the worst OS I've ever dealt with as far as performance. The ultimate solution would be to install XP or Win 2000. Their Kernels (the heart and sole of the OS) are notoriously faster and you'll have a lot less program crashes.

Some things to try though. Click Start>Run>and type MSCONFIG and hit return. Click on the START UP tab. Those are the programs running in the background. Explorer and SysTray are the only ones that NEED to be running. Be careful though, some programs are testy and if you uncheck ones you can't identify you may have problems.

Most importantly disable System Restore. This is a HOG! Follow these steps:
In Control Panel, click System .
Click the Performance tab.
Click the File System button.
Click the Troubleshooting tab.
Clickthe Disable System Restore check box.
Click OK , and then click Close .
Restart your computer when prompted.

Good luck

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by Seadogs In reply to improve performance

I'm having problem trying to run msconfig on this machine - When I run it, it pops up for a second and disappears. Any tips on keeping it around for long enough to try some of these great suggestions? Thanks!

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