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Topic # 98919 8-Mar-2012 22:29 Send private message

My lap top is running Windows XP with all of the latest updates.  Every so often is goes into a go slow mode when it takes ages to open an application, switch between applications or close applications.

It doesn't seem to be related to any particular programme I have running.  I have nothing exotic that I use.  The normal programmes that could be open are Outlook, Chrome browser, Nokia Suite, Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat.

If I run Task Manager the CPU usage will be low quite, often less than 20% yet the computer runs as if its running at 100%.

Any ideas?  What else can I check? 

Thanks. 




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  Reply # 592608 9-Mar-2012 05:58 Send private message

Try a defrag of the HDD.

I use ccleaner to do a hdd and reg clean up. Some say it make a big difference to XP speed, I have notice a slight improvement.

A reinstall of XP often fixes slow machines, but thats a last resort.

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  Reply # 592623 9-Mar-2012 08:06 Send private message

How much memory do you have on this laptop of yours?




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  Reply # 592639 9-Mar-2012 08:41 Send private message

Ramjet007: Try a defrag of the HDD.

I use ccleaner to do a hdd and reg clean up. Some say it make a big difference to XP speed, I have notice a slight improvement.

A reinstall of XP often fixes slow machines, but thats a last resort.


+1  I run an old HP laptop with XP pro that I still prefer to use.  Occasionally needs a good cleanout and ccleaner seems to do a great job.  Always goes better after.  There have been some updates rolling out lately, just make sure it's not trying to do that in the background.    




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  Reply # 592833 9-Mar-2012 17:00 Send private message

I did a re install 3 months ago, so wouldn't expect that to help much and also so suspect there shouldn't be any need to clean the registry after such a short time.

HDD size 30 BG with 5.8 GB free, 704 Mb of RAM.

It will run fine most of the time but goes into go slow mode every so often. I'm not sure if it's related but Chrome come up with an unresponsive message from time to time, if you choose wait the pages eventually load.  

I've considered whether or not the broadband speed is part of my problem though every time I run a speed test it's OK.  Just now 6.16 Mbps Down and 0.72 Mbps Up, theses are typical figures.

The other consideration is the antivirus, I use Microsoft Security Essentials.




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  Reply # 592839 9-Mar-2012 17:08 Send private message

700 MB is ok, but not much.

Download CPUZ and look at SPD to know how many memory slots you have and what's in each one. Report back please.







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  Reply # 592853 9-Mar-2012 17:35 Send private message

Reporting back

2 slots
Slot 1 - 256Mb
Slot 2 - 512 Mb 




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  Reply # 592855 9-Mar-2012 17:41 Send private message

Send me an address via PM and I will send you a 512MB SODIMM to replace that 256MB.




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