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Re: Slow computer

From: Larry
Date: 28 Jan 2000
Time: 10:00:48
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No! Do not format the hard disk. Defrag it: Start, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragenter. If it freezes once a day or so, it may be a misbehaved piece of software. If it does it more often you probably have a hardware problem: bad memory, cheap motherboard, IRQ conflict, etc. You may have a bunch of programs that are running at startup. System Tools, System Information, Tools, System Configuration Utility, Startup will show what Starts-up when Windows Starts. Get rid of the accumulated junk that you aren't using by unchecking the appropriate items. If you don't know what it is, it may be best to leave it be. You should not uncheck: ScanRegistry, SystemTray, and PowerProfile. TaskMonitor and Scheduling Agent are ok to leave unchecked. The rest of it may be accumulated junk. Try unchecking one at time and see if clears-up the lockup problem. More memory would improve performance. 64 MBytes is fine for most folks. 128 MBytes will be a little faster than 64. If you add 32 MBytes, you should try to match manufacturer, type, etc. of the memory that is already in the computer, but you may get away with a memory from other quality manufactures. If you have a UDMA hard disk, be sure DMA is enabled (checked) if present in Start, Setting, Control Panel, System, Device Manager, Disk Drives, double click Type 47 (or whatever hard disk driver is installed), Settings. Larry

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