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[SOLVED] Wiondows 98SE slow down

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by ctuna, Jan 17, 2002.

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  1. ctuna

    ctuna Thread Starter

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    With only the following open in the computer.
    Netscape and DSL program
    Web Server
    Win Fax
    Norton Security
    While the computer is setting idle the system slows down so much that it can take up to 15 seconds for a program to load.
    I have removed all active programs leaving only the System tray and explore running.
    The system resources are System 56% User 56% amd GDI 70%
    When I reboot all is well for several hours or days depending on the frame of mind of the computer. Any Ideas???
    Ctuna
     
  2. skyman

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    The first thing I would suggest would be to run scandisk and defrag.

    Go to Start/run/msconfig and see what you have in your startup programs and delete all but system tray and explore and any antivirus.

    Also try this site for answers:



    http://www.toejumper.net
     
  3. Davey7549

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    ctuna
    Another possiblity is one of your programs is using resources and not releasing them when done. This is called a memory leak and can be difficult to locate. The easiest way to locate a memory leak is the do as skyman suggest above going into Msconfig.
    Go to start/run type in msconfig and enter. Select the startup tab and uncheck all listed except
    *statemgr (WinME only), systray, scanregistry, loadpowerprofiles (both), Tweakui if there, and any antivirus/firewall programs you have.
    After you made the changes click apply click OK, and restart the computer.
    Now check and jot down your starting resources with out opening any applications yet. After recording your resource level which should be above 80% start opening your normally used programs one at a time do a bit in the one and close. Check your resources for any significant drop. If no significant drop move on to another progam and repeat process until you find the offending program. Once found the best way to handle this is contact the manufacturer and see if there is a patch for the memory leakage problem. After problem is solved go to these sites and review your list within the startup group and see which items are recommended for startup and which are not required.
    Set your startup group accordingly.

    Heres are the sites that will help with the explaination.
    http://www2.whidbey.net/djdenham/Uncheck.htm

    also
    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.htm

    Keep us posted on your progress.
    Dave
     
  4. ctuna

    ctuna Thread Starter

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    I will try all the ideas presented and report back after a few days.
     
  5. ctuna

    ctuna Thread Starter

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    The changes recommended seem to have cured the problem. Thanks you all so much.
    Del.
     
  6. Davey7549

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    Glad Skyman and I could help you sort through the problem.
    Resource issues can be real trying at times.
    Will consider this matter Solved.

    Dave
     
  7. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    As a quick followup:

    If one of the tasks you unselected was TaskMon, then you want to browse to \windows\applog (a hidden directory) and delete all files that are there.
    Otherwise, defrag is going to use them (with the outdated information), to defrag your drive.
     
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