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Why is my Gateway Essential so sluggish.

By noelwburke ·
I just upgraded my Gateway Essential PC from 128 to 384MB of RAM. It has a 19GB harddrive with 14GB free space. When I execute a program, i.e. Outlook Express, etc., the harddrive CRANKS and CHURNS and the mouse hangs. When the program is done executing, its o.k. Any help?

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by RCOM In reply to Why is my Gateway Essenti ...

Since the ram is the last change to the system, I'd try taking out either the new or old ram and see if that makes a difference. The ram may be missmatched. Boot to safe mode run scandisk then defrag the drive. Delete temp files, cookies and all that.

There's an issue that the same as your problem that I've ran into a lot recently, if you're using McAfee VirusScan there's a patch to fix the slowdown/pause of the system. This problem also causes the clock to loose time as well as erratic mouse movement. To get the patch go to,
http://www.nai.com/naicommon/download/enginehotfix.asp.

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by noelwburke In reply to Why is my Gateway Essenti ...

Thank you for the help, but I found out that it was a program that I unknowingly downloaded from the Gateway website trying to upgrade my PC to the latest and greatest updates. It is a system recovery program that runs constantly at every mouse stroke it seems. It is an aweful resource hog and am glad to have found it and shut it off. Thank you.

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by mmurdock In reply to Why is my Gateway Essenti ...

You might also want to make sure to take any unneeded items out of startup. If this is a win9x machine, run msconfig from the run menu and go to the startup tab. Uncheck any unneeded items and reboot. hope this helps

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by noelwburke In reply to Why is my Gateway Essenti ...

Thank you for the help, but I found out that it was a program that I unknowingly downloaded from the Gateway website trying to upgrade my PC to the latest and greatest updates. It is a system recovery program that runs constantly at every mouse stroke it seems. It is an aweful resource hog and am glad to have found it and shut it off. Thank you.

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