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Old 02-01-10, 10:11 AM
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Help me fix my computer...

I have a DELL computer that was given to me..... The computer was always, extremely slow no matter what it had to do. simple tasks of moving windows around or opening programs would literally take minutes to perform. This computter is about 6 or 7 years old, so it still has a pretty good processor. What can I do to fix this computer so it runs normally.

I already defraged the hard drive ---- no help
removed some programs --- no help...
ran MSconfig --- wasn't sure what all to change or remove..
increaded virtual memoy to 1000 -- no help..


Any idas? This is one of those Dells that has an integrated mother board. so all the components are connected to that..
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Re: Help me fix my computer...

Do you have the OS discs? If you really want to shape it up a format and re-install of Windows would bring it back to life barring some hardware issue.

Dell might replace them if you don't.

Get CCleaner and run it now. Clean out some of the junk. It's a google away.

Assuming 6 -7 years old means WinXP, when you are in MSConfig look along the top of the tabs for 'startup' on the right, there is a radio for 'disable all', do that and restart.
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Thanks I'll try that.. I have another DELL that is 9 years old and runs great... granted I mostly surf the web and use the office products..

I do not have the disks...

Are there any hardware checks I could do?
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It probably has a Dell diagnostics partition intact, you can boot that using... F12 IIRC, think that was it back then too.

It's a decent check of many systems, most importantly the HD in this case.

Dell might just get you new OS and Drivers DVD's if you can have the person who gave it to you call them, or use their info.
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6-7 years is not a good processor. Those Pentium 4 are at best for surfing the internet.

You can try disabling System Restore and change HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem\NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate to 1.

This will help speed up the I/O a bit.
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"ShittyP"



That's a string replace for Windows XP apparently.
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you guys need to speak a little slower... Can you put that stuff in laymans terms...?
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Re: Help me fix my computer...

Download and run Belarc Advisor, and post the basic hardware specs, i.e. CPU, RAM, Hard Drive size/used, Windows version, etc.
http://belarc.com/free_download.html

I ran into a Dell once that ran really slow because, while it had a decent processor, it had a crazy small amount of RAM (128MB).

If there aren't any programs on it that you absolutely need, and can't reinstall later, you may want to consider doing a clean install on the PC.
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Re: Help me fix my computer...

Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse View Post
It probably has a Dell diagnostics partition intact, you can boot that using... F12 IIRC, think that was it back then too.
I think Dell is Control+F11 at bios screen.

The Dell I previously found was infected with something, and I didn't feel like trying to guess what. Restore to factory defaults and cleaning out useless shit was much, much easier.
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Originally Posted by Jay G. View Post
Download and run Belarc Advisor, and post the basic hardware specs, i.e. CPU, RAM, Hard Drive size/used, Windows version, etc.
http://belarc.com/free_download.html

I ran into a Dell once that ran really slow because, while it had a decent processor, it had a crazy small amount of RAM (128MB).

If there aren't any programs on it that you absolutely need, and can't reinstall later, you may want to consider doing a clean install on the PC.
or you can just look in the system properties.
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Re: Help me fix my computer...

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I think Dell is Control+F11 at bios screen.

The Dell I previously found was infected with something, and I didn't feel like trying to guess what. Restore to factory defaults and cleaning out useless shit was much, much easier.
No ctrl+F11 is if you want to run the integrated system restore that is only on some Dell systems. They use Norton ghost usually. Many(if not most) Dells come with DVDs that you boot to and don't have the ctrl+F11 functionality.

All Dells(for years now) have a ~48 meg partition on them(first one) with Dell diagnostic programs in that bootable partition. You select it, usually by using F12, and then choosing 'Dell Diagnostics'. While not the best or most comprehensive there is I suppose, it's a pretty thorough check of everything on a system starting with the system clock and going though RAM, Drives, etc.

I just installed a replacement WD Velociraptor 10k drive and rebuilt one of my Dell desktops two days ago. First 'Raptor drive I've had fail on me. One of my older Dells but it was still only ~2 years old. The Dell diagnostics partition was already on the new drive when it arrived. You get used to it being there after a while, and Dell tech support will almost always use it on anything that might be hardware related.
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you can also back up your docs and do a system restore (restore the software to what it was when you bought it).
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Re: Help me fix my computer...

The processor is a CELERON 2.0GHz
128MB of RAM

I thought there was more RAM in this PC... how do I know which RAM to buy?


Also, when I disabled aeverything at startup I was getting a system restore message and it told me to reboot. How do I know what to remove?
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The processor is a CELERON 2.0GHz
128MB of RAM

I thought there was more RAM in this PC... how do I know which RAM to buy?


Also, when I disabled aeverything at startup I was getting a system restore message and it told me to reboot. How do I know what to remove?

Go to crucial.com and do a scan. It will advise on which memory to buy.
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so it told me i have 2slots I have 128in one... it said to buy a 512. shoud i buy 2-512 dimms? or should i just keet the 128 and put in the 512? do i need to install in pairs? does it matter which slot has the512??
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What type of RAM is it? (PC2100, etc.) You might be able to find someone on Craigslist unloading older RAM dirt cheap. I personally wouldn't buy new, and would put as little money into it as possible. Even two sticks of 256 would be a huge improvement.
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i foind the512 for 35.00.... i bought 2...but if i can get away with 1 then great... so are you saying to install on pairs? i guess i could just use 1 512mb ram...

do i really need a gig?

it was pc2700 ddr333
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It shouldn't need to be installed in pairs. My parents are running 640 (128 + 512) of the same stuff in a Pentium 4 with XP Pro, and it runs well enough for their needs.
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ok just put in the 512..with the 128 and WOW what a difference.. I think I will return the other 512 unless you guys think I should install it..

Lets see what else I can clean up..
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can someone also tell me why at startup, a notepad window opens?

It has this in the window..
[.ShellClassInfo]
[email protected]%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21787



How do I get rid of it?
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330132
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Re: Help me fix my computer...

Originally Posted by ANDREMIKE View Post
i foind the512 for 35.00.... i bought 2...but if i can get away with 1 then great... so are you saying to install on pairs? i guess i could just use 1 512mb ram...

do i really need a gig?

it was pc2700 ddr333

i'm hoping 35 for two, since you can get 1 for $18 FS.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141470

on a Celeron 2.0, i don't think it'd make much difference. i had an old p4 1.8 with 640mb, i upped it to 1gb, didn't see much difference.

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At todays memory prices I consider 1 GB the sweet spot for XP, but yeah, not much you can do for an old Celly.
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everytime I do METHOD 2
Method 2: Use the System Configuration Utility (Msconfig.exe) to Disable the Startup Item
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type msconfig, and then click OK.
Click the Startup tab.
Click to clear the check box beside any desktop entries in the Startup Item column that are listed as Common Startup in the Location column, and are also located in any of the following locations (as indicated in the Command column):
drive:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
drive:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs
drive:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu
Click OK to quit the System Configuration Utility.
Restart your computer and verify that the issue is resolved



I get tthe message that I should revert back to normal and the check box is set again..

I tried to delete the file but could not locate the ini file..
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Another question.. I needed to hook up my desktop to my wireless network and I was choosing between the USB dongle or a PCIexpress card. I was thinking the PCIexpress card would be faster, but the tech at Staples said there is no diffeence. And when I say faster I don't mean the download... but the transfer of data to the processor..

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