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Troubleshooting a Slow PC

By sigfredbnakihid ·
-hey guys before i got my present job i was a computer technician for 10 months. And i have seen most of the computer problems but one of the problems that i honestly dont know where to start looking for possible causes is when a computer slows down considering that, that computer has a good specs. just like recently i was called by 1 of our users saying her computer is very slow and is not responding. Her PC has a specs of 2.8 Ghz Pentium D a 256 MB memory with 2000GB virtual memroy and 40GB HDD. the unit was also recently scanned for viruses. it has a internet access but it is under a proxy server with an access list so she can only access websites that i will specify. and there are no other softwares installed except those the she really needed and on that time that she called she is only using her PC for word processing and nothing more no other programs are running except MS word. i eliminated every possible causes for the problem when i checked the unit, until i ended up to nothing and gave my self a question "why did it went slow and stop responding". i also went to the task manager and check its memory usage and its abou "275 MB" is being used and im not even sure if that is that is the cause of the problem...

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what kind of computer is it?

by kpak44wh In reply to Troubleshooting a Slow PC

Some computers have a slower bus speed on the
motherboard, and it makes everything bottleneck. Also,
you can check your hdd, see how fast the seek and write
is on it. I'm betting though, it's one of those home
entertainment bargain computers that they sell real cheap.
The truth is, you get what you pay for. I had a "Gateway"
that ran like a turtle, and it had alot of ram and a fast cpu.
It's probably the cheap board. Find one that runs all your
hardware, and change it out. By the way, if your computer
says you have more physical memory than you're
supposed to have, it could be a sign of incorrect type of
ram, or it could be a onboard cache.

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Step by step

by mjd420nova In reply to Troubleshooting a Slow PC

First I would look closely at the task manager and see what applications are running and which are grabbing up the CPU time. Eliminate those that are not needed, and then do a disk cleanup. An Adware scan, spybot scan and virus scan would be next. Get rid of anything those find and see how slow it runs then.

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Step by step part 2

by andypiesse In reply to Troubleshooting a Slow PC

I assume you meant 2000MB virtual memory.
In addition to previous post I would clean out the temporary folders, all of them, disable the swap file, defrag the drive and then re-enable the swap file. 2GB is probably excessive as Windows has to allocate RAM to control it. I would try setting it to about 1.5 times installed RAM and bump it up if needed. If you can get hold of it Defrag Lite can be set to defrag the swapfile at start up.

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Troubleshooting a Slow PC

by stillen180 In reply to Troubleshooting a Slow PC

first of all let me suggest u one option.try to check at startup wheather there are many application running at the background.u know how?

go to start,run,type msconfig.
at the last option "startup"..then try to check whichever application.when u think it is not necessary,just disable it.That's it!!

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Suggest you try the "Questions" forum.

by deepsand In reply to Troubleshooting a Slow PC

The "Discussion" forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution.

Post problems such as this to the "Question" forum, rather than the "Discussion" forum. There are those who specifically seek out problems in need of a solution, and that's where they go to look for such.

Furthermore, the "Questions" forum provides for your rating Helpful responses as such, so that others, with the same or a similar problem, might be able to find aid without having to necessarily begin a new Question.

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