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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Sitka, Jan 26, 2005.

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  1. Sitka

    Sitka Thread Starter

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    I bought a brand new compter 2 weeks ago and I HATE it. I have DSL but this computer is slower then a computer on dial-up....
    I click and wait & wait.... ugh!
    I bought a windows XP 2 years ago and was on DSL and it was fast. But I gave it to hubby and bought this new one which is actually the same computer. This computer is so slow that I'm ready to throw it out the door. Can anyone figure out what would be my problem with this one?

    Thank you, Chara
    here is the new computer info-
    Microsoft windows XP
    Home Edition
    Service Pack 2
    HP
    2.93 GHZ
    248 MB of RAM
     
  2. Couriant

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    248 MB of RAM

    That would be the problem. Looks like you have 256Mb with 8Mb used for video. You need minimum 512Mb
     
  3. Sitka

    Sitka Thread Starter

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    I don't understand... Because I don't think my last computer has anymore either. So since this is a NEW computer whats going to solve this problem? Thanks, Chara
     
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    I would agree with Tidus that you are low on memory, but that being said you may have gotten infected

    SpywareBlaster http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
    AdAware SE http://www.majorgeeks.com/download506.html
    SpyBot S&D 1.3 http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

    DL them (they are free), install them, check each for their
    definition updates
    and then run AdAware and Spybot, fixing anything
    they say.

    In SpywareBlaster - Always enable all protection after updates
    SpyBot - After an update run immunize

    Do these and reboot before the next step.

    Then get HiJack This http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html, put
    it in a permanent folder (C:\HJT) , run it , DO NOT fix anything, post the
    log here.
     
  5. linskyjack

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    256K is barely enough to run Windows XP---it can be done but it could be the problem
     
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    man, I always forget to post the spy stuff :D

    Yeah if you did not have any protection like a firewall or spyware blocker when you connected to the net then you will be infected with something. I was on my new machine for 1/2 hour and I had 8 intrusions blocked and 5 were critical...
     
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    I saw in your signature in your profile that you have 'Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB'

    When your memory is used up (since you have 256Mb, that would be all the time) it will use the virtual memory, which is basically hard disc space. If the VMem is on the C: drive, then the system will slow down tremendously since the system and memory is fighting for the 'attention' of the drive. If you have an extra drive that can spare 3Gb (which is the maximum you need for memory), change the drive that uses the VM to that drive. That should help with the speed somewhat.
     
  8. Sitka

    Sitka Thread Starter

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    How do I change this drive.... I know a good bit about a computer but I don't know how to do that. Clue me in please. Thanks, Chara
     
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    Should be under Control Panel > System > Advanced. I'm on a Windows 2000 machine right now so i'm doing this from my head. Under Performance, highlight the drive that has the numbers (should be C:\). Set it to No pagefile. Then highlight the alternative drive and give it minium 2mb and maximum 3000Mb (or what ever the maximum is.) When you are done, you will need to restart.
     
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