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This is a tough one!

By Alacrity ·
Configuration: PII 350, 128 MB PC 100 ram, wd 13 gb drive, win 98se OEM load, MS Office 2000 pro 'typical install', ATI all in wonder pro 8MB PCI as primary display, Intel 870 AGP secondary display adapter. AOC 19" primary monitor, CTX 15 is secondary. Winzip and ACDsee v3 loaded as well. Here's the long list of problems:
With fresh re-boot and no other programs open it takes 1.5 seconds to display the "my computer" or the "network neighborhood" windows. With outlook open and on the 1st or2nd display it takes 15 seconds to display the above mentioned windows. ACDsee file viewer takes 30 seconds to open a JPEG file when outlookis open bu 2 seconds when outlook is closed. Also related to ACDsee. When the file/folder list is open anda directory on the C drive is highlighted - clicking on the - that closes the folder list causes a "acdsee performed an illegal function and will be shut down" error. If outlook is closed that error isn't caused.
Free resources when Outlook is open is 77%

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This is a tough one!

by rwolinski In reply to This is a tough one!

You gave a lot of information but some data is missing. Assuming you are on some kind of network, Outlook will look update schedules, check for mail, and perform all kinds of tasks in the background, with little or no screen reflection of what is going on. Outlook is very powerful and has a lot of features. I would suggest you open Outlook, and under the options, check to see what your settings are. How often to check for mail, how often to update calendars, etc. Maybe even turn a lot of the features off. Does the problem happen if you use Outlook Express. Hopefully you did not delete Outlook Express. It's used by Windows in ways I don't have room to explain here. Hope this helps.

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by Alacrity In reply to This is a tough one!
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This is a tough one!

by tchieng In reply to This is a tough one!

Humm... you're right! That is a tough one! :)

Here's a stab at it...

In your device manager, check to see if the Network Card is using the same IRQ as one of the display adapters. If they share the same IRQ, your display will be slow as you mentioned when Outlook is communicating on the network via the Network adapter. This could be a possibility as Win98 and the newer systems will allow IRQ sharing.

If the first stab didn't help, try removing one of the video card and see if it makes a difference.

Let us know. I'm curious as to what was the causes as well...

Good luck.

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by Alacrity In reply to This is a tough one!

Ok.. it didn't actually help.. but it did help break though the mental block and open up a few OTHER areas to look in. The problem turned out to be (drum roll please)
I needed the service pack for Office 2000.
The system had just been flushed and reloaded. Only the OS, Device drivers, and Applications were loaded (SCSI CD-R, CD-ROM, ATI video, ACDSee, office, and winzip.) After installing the SR-1 update the time to open my computer or net neighborhood window dropped from 14+ seconds to 2 seconds. Double clicking on a JPEG file and viewing with ACDSee went from 30+ seconds to about 2.5
I'm a happy computer weenie again.

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by dlangford In reply to This is a tough one!

In my humble opinion it sounds like your system is fighting for available resources. You may want to look at the temp folder under the windows directory to see how full it may be and perhaps clean it out. You may also want to take a look to see howmuch free space your hard drive has left. To me it sounds like you may be a bit tight on available space for the swap file. When you have nothing better to do you may want to run some diagnostics on the hard drive to make sure it's still healthy.

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by Alacrity In reply to This is a tough one!
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by ARWJnPlanoTX In reply to This is a tough one!

This may sound a little crude, but some of the most recent viruses going around run in the background when Outlook is running. If you have already obtained the latest anti-virus updates then this is probably not your problem. If not, I recommend that be your next step. The sooner the better. Some of the viruses are very damaging.

Hope this helps.

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by Alacrity In reply to This is a tough one!
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by welovells In reply to This is a tough one!

I am going to be blunt. 1st try timing another system with a similar configuration and see how much slower yours is, I bet it isnt that much slower. If you still wanna fix this,I recommend a full format/reinstal of windows. I know it isnt the answeryou wanted but I garantee it will solve the problem if it's SW.

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by Alacrity In reply to This is a tough one!

Another system with Office 97 in place of office 2000 had same problem. I thought it was coming from all the other crap that had been loaded / unloaded, etc, etc, etc. so I rebuilt it and had the same trouble.

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