Slow computer?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by stanman11, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. stanman11

    Thread Starter Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    Hey guys. my computer started getting slow about 2 months ago.. There will be a 7-10 second delay when opening a program from start menue.
    3 second delay opening it on my desktop as a short cut.
    And almost 1 minute delay for the pop up window to save pics ++++other stuff when saving from a website.

    I have a dual core 2.4, 2gb ram, a 6100 onboard nvidia chipset.
    bought back in 2008.
    I just formated and installed win7 and its still doing it.
    is my stuff to old and overworked?
  2. sravan kumar padala

    New Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Mr.Stanman your system configurations are good and its not overworked one or any thing etc.,
    Your system might have been filled with un-necessary programs and make sure that there are no useless programs in your system if so go to control panel and clear them.
    I suggest that the formate is the best option for this solution but you already have done it so go through your antivirus and let it be updated and scan the whole system once and then you clear all the temporary files in the systems.procedure for clearing temp files
    type "temp"
    select all files
    shift + del

    and the same procedure follows for %temp% files too.
    you are also asked to clear "prefetch" files from windows folder in os drive

    If all these bores you or takes much time you are advised to just download "CCleaner" software and perform run

    else you can downoad the tune-up utensils and perform the action.
  3. sravan kumar padala

    New Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    and make sure that your OS drive is atleast 20-25% free
  4. luvv


    May 26, 2011
    You could have a aging HDD gumming up the read/write times,the board itself is ageless at least so far as is humanly perceivable.

    Either break the bank for a SSD or a 7200rpm hybrid drive and watch the dinosaur run like never before.
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  5. bountyhunter

    Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    You probably have a virus or spyware that is doing things while you are trying to work. There are literally hundreds of thousands of computers that have been infected and are being remotely controlled to do things the owners never realize.

    You need to have your computer cleaned up and the registry cleared. Probably will work like new after that.

    General ref on slow computer causes:
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2012
  6. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    Same thing happened to one of my old laptops, nothing fancy, HP 1.6GHz, 512MB, 100GB HD. I just reformatted the hard disk, reinstalled Win XP and it's like new again.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2012
  7. DigitalReaper


    Aug 7, 2010
    He's using a freshly installed OS so it's unlikely to be a software problem. My guess is overheating leading to CPU throttling.

    It could be due to general dust buildup or your heatsink could be loose, not unheard of especially with the push-pin coolers intel uses. Take the side panel off and see what dust is in there (don't use a vaccum cleaner, they can cause static discharges).

    If the inside looks clean give the cooler a gentle wiggle and look for any loose or broken push pins (assuming you have a cooler that uses them).
  8. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    Very important point, and my preferred method but, I've heard of "boot sector" viruses. Is this something to consider?
  9. dataman19


    Dec 26, 2009
    Download this AVG Rescue disk:::
    Then write the ISO-Lynx disc to a CR-RW.
    Put the ISO-Lynx Disc in your "Bootable CD Rom Drive" Restart your computer and scan your computer.
    Just follow the menu prompts...
    Let us know how many malicious critters you find....
    Oh yea, prepare to leave the computer scanning for a few hours at least (it sometimes takes a while to get through all the muck).
  10. strantor

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 3, 2010
    That's what I was going to say. I noticed before that when I leave my laptop on the bed (restricted air flow) , running some resource heavy program, it gets really hot (DUH). When it gets really it gets really slow, just like OP described. So that's one of the things I check now when I have slow computer issues - is it hot? getting enough air flow? fan still working or too much dust?
  11. SgtWookie


    Jul 17, 2007
    I'll suggest that your HDD is on it's way out.

    Magnetic media has a useful life of about five years. After that, the stored data has degraded so much that it becomes difficult to read, and the HDD has to try repeated seeks to read/write/verify the data. If your virtual memory file is located in a weak area, your system will spend a lot of time waiting for the drive to read/write data.

    You'd think that reading and re-writing the data would take care of that problem. However, there are certain areas of the platters that your drive's electronics don't write to once it's been shipped from the factory. It used to be that you could access every bit on the platter, but that went away with IDE (integrated drive electronics).

    Utilities like Spin-Rite are very helpful in that they can help locate areas of the drive that are going bad. Windows comes with CHKDSK.EXE; it's rather rudimentary, but running it with the /R option will cause it to scan every cluster on the drive, and try to recover data from problematic sectors.

    Here is a helpful page:

    It points out some free utilities to use, and links to a site where you can listen to sounds of various hard drive troubles.
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  12. DMahalko

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 5, 2008
  13. matty204359


    Apr 6, 2011