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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by steven sea, Jan 22, 2002.

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  1. steven sea

    steven sea Thread Starter

    Jan 22, 2002
    i'm getting a 199 rating from pitstop.com with unusually low performance on my hard drive. everything moves slowly, the clock loses time and when i go to defrag, it gets about 10% then shows "drives contents changed restart"
    pitstop says my my uncached speeds are .52 and .76 mb/sec and that software is running that is slowing things. my problem is i can't tell which of the 24 programs they list that are a problem. for example, what is "run a dll as an app"? some of the programs are obvious, but others i haven't a clue. i'm one of these people that knows just enough to screw things up. what should i do? thanks very much.
  2. Styxx

    Styxx Banned

    Sep 8, 2001
    I hear more alarmed misinformed people referring to that website. You computer is fine. Here are several troubleshooting steps. I wonder why pitstop doesn't say these instead of wrongly alarming people into buying more RAM?

    You must disable your antivirus' real-time scanner and the Screen Saver in Normal or Safe Mode (choose None for the Screen Saver). Or, Defrag/ScanDisk in SafeMode:

    tap F8 twice per second during a restart; Choose option number three (3) in the Windows Startup dialog box using the arrow keys below the Delete key, and strike the Enter key; Click Ok when prompted)


    First clean out your Startup folder - Start; Programs; Startup. Right click each item in turn there and choose delete. I have only 'swtray' there, the joystick driver, and it has to be there. On most machines you don't want anything in that folder.

    Check your available resources by right-clicking My Computer; clicking Properties; Click the Performance tab. Resources available are displayed as percent there at top. Check it when you get done running the System Configuration Utility mentioned below.

    Click the Start button; Run; type 'msconfig', without the quoatation marks, in the Run box and click OK; Then click the Startup tab; Uncheck anything you don't need running in the background. For reference on what's not needed running in the background in the System Configuration Utility, view this website first and print out the list:


    It's important that you print out the above mentioned list. In color if possible.
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