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By lara_cy ·
Hey all,
I've got a strange problem going on my with my notebook - all of a sudden when i restart it not only takes forever to load, but when my desktop is fully loaded if i attempted to run anything (be it Winamp, Ad-aware etc) my laptop *really* lags, for instance typing slows down, when i move my mouse across it's really rigid and compltely lagging behind. I've checked Task Manager and in Processes everything seems to be ok... however when i go to Performance my CPU usage is completely full 98%, 99%. for instance when i ran ad-aware my cpu level was 97% of which ad-aware was taking 90% when i looked at the processes.

I have no idea what's going on, i ran Norton, Ad-ware, Spybot, tried removing network cable and external HHD, and it's still happening. Also, i can't go back to any restore points because my last one was a long long time ago... ( my bad i know)

Any insight would be great..

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows lagging..

Start the unit in Safe Mode and run the same scans and see if that improves anything.

If that offers no improvement try a Registry Cleaner. Win Doctor will do if you have Norton's System Works but if you don't than Iolo's System Mechanic has a 30 day trial available at

http://www.iolo.com/sm/6/index.cfm

Of course there is always the use of Defrag that helps fragmented HDD's no end if there is nothing else wrong with the system and you could also check to make sure that all the resources are actually available it's always possible that a stick of RAM has gone bad or something similar.

Col

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

You could also run a HDD testing utility to make sure that your HDD isn't on the way out as well.

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by lara_cy In reply to

Didn't work The program did find registry problems and fixed them, but running everything again (ad-ware, spybot) i stil have the lagging problem..

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by DugaDugDug In reply to Windows lagging..

RE: Slow logins

Take a look at what is going on behind the "Loading Personal Settings" Window, here is a registry entry to add so the Windows XP Machine tells you what it's doing. Be careful editing the registry.

HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\POLICIES

Add REG_DWORD
Value Name "verbosestatus"
Value Data 1

Add REG_DWORD
Value Name "disablestatusmessages"
Value Data 0

Once you've added this key, reboot the computer and login as usual. You should see the status of each of the files which are being loaded on the machine and it may point out which file is causing the issue. In one particular case of a colleague, the MSG121.dll took about a minute to load and then the process continued normally. After doing some searching in regards to that particular DLL, he found out this was Spyware that neither Spybot nor AdAware could remove (found another way to remove it). I would also run MSCONFIG to see which services are running as well as what is in the startup and see if there is a service or app running that shouldn't. HTH

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by lara_cy In reply to

added the new reg key, however when i start up i don't get the status reports, where am i supposed to see that? i do see a new process is running in my background called SMSanslyser or smth, which seems to be that as i checked were that file was coming from and it was from the new reg key.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Windows lagging..

is cpu running hard due to swapping lots maybe due to bad ram maybe?
other thing if found:
SYMPTOMS
After you install Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or upgrade to Windows XP with SP2, you experience slow computer performance. For example, you experience the following symptoms: ? If you browse the Internet, the performance is slow.
? If you try to download newsgroup e-mail messages, some or all of the messages are not downloaded.
? There is excessive hard disk activity.
? Overall system performance is very slow.

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CAUSE
This issue occurs if one of the following conditions is true: ? You have spyware or malware running on the computer.
? You have viruses that are running on the computer.
? You do not have sufficient free space on the hard disk.
? You do not have sufficient random access memory (RAM) installed on the computer.
? You have corrupted or outdated drivers.
? You have too many files in the Recycle Bin or temporary folders.

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by lara_cy In reply to

Did all these checks, except i don't know if it my ram... i did get new ram (512) for my notebook 3 weeks ago but everything was running smoothly.i sure hope it's not my ram..

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows lagging..

Have you run Defrag regularly?

If everything else is OK then the most obvious thing that could be wrong is a badly frag meted HDD.

To reach the inbuilt Defrag utility click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and Disk Defragmenter and run it a couple of times to make sure that the HDD has its data in sequential order.

If that doesn't help you could start looking for a hardware problem by downloading The Ultimate Boot CD from

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

and run some testing utilities to make sure that there are no hardware problems.

Col

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by lara_cy In reply to

i got the UBCD, which tests would you recommend to use? i just two of the memory tests which came out fine, and a hardisk drive fitness test, which again seem to be fine...

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by zlitocook In reply to Windows lagging..

Lets start fresh, go to start, all programs, accessories, system tools, disk clean up and run it. Delete all say yes, then use disk defrag from the same place. And then close every thing and right click my computer and then open. And then select properties, then tools. You will then be able to do a scan disk to fix any problems on the hard drive. But it will tell you that it can not do this untill you reboot, select ok and reboot.
Let it do it's thing and reboot when it is done and see how your laptop runs, if it is still slow I have more suggestions, like window washer and BartPe to try.
Please back up and copy all of your settings because most of the things needed to fix or reinstall your laptop will not be saved!

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