System slowdown, Intolerably slow mouse, etc.

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harthagan

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I have a computer problem I would like help with:

System information: I have Windows 98. I use all Microsoft Office products. I have a DSL line. Internet Explorer is my browzer.

The symptoms:
1. After my computer has been on for a while, my system slows way down. My mouse cursor sometimes will not move for several seconds.
2. Typing can be very slow (in all applications), and sometimes the letters I type on the keyboard do not appear on the screen. When I backspace or delete, the corrections take a long time and sometimes do not register.
3. When this problem started, another problem started. The clock will lose a lot of time, a few minutes every hour. But then when I reboot, the clock corrects itself.
4. When I reboot, the problem goes away for a while, then comes back.
5. I tried degragmenting the hard drive, but the "% complete" indicator indicated "0% complete" even after 15-20 minutes.
6. I did a virus scan, and no viruses were found. I have not done a "live update" with my Norton Antivirus for a few days.

Hart Hagan
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Hi Hart:

Start>Programs>Accessories>System tools and click on your Resource Meter. It will show a little meter in the tray, and if you hover your cursor over it you will get a digital readout of your resources. You might also want to put the resource meter in your startup group until you get the resources sorted out.

The symptoms you describe are often caused by decreasing resources. If your resources go below about 20% and then you start experiencing the problems you have found the cause.

The fix is to get stuff you don’t need out of the msconfig startup, and watch the meter to determine what program is taking the resources and not giving them back. Get back if low resources correspond to your slowdown and someone will help you sort it out from there.
 

harthagan

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Slipe,

Thanks for your response. I may have solved the problem already, though I am not sure yet.

At the direction of a tech friend, I deleted my temporary internet files from Windows Explorer. Then I defragmented the hard drive.

As I was defragmenting the hard drive, the system directed me to have a program (whose name I forgot) fix a bad sector. I did that. Now I am defragmenting.

I checked the system resources. It said:

System 45%; User 45%; GDI 60%. What does that mean?

Hart
 

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hiya

It means that your PC is using a lot of background programs.

Try this: Go to Run and type MSINFO32. On the left click Software Enviroment, then Startup Programs. Copy/paste the list.

Regards

eddie
 
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