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Speed Up Your Computer (Easy steps of end of the month maintenance)
NETcessities ^ | March 31, 2005 | NETcessities

Posted on 03/31/2005 12:44:56 PM PST by BJungNan

So Your Computer is Running Slow
When you first bought your computer, it zinged. It was faster than the computer you replaced. It was "upgraded"! But lately something happened. It slowed to a crawl, taking forever to boot up and net surfing - especially for you dial-up users - became excruciatingly, impossibly slow. It is possible to recapture that lost speed.

What happened? There are a few culprits. We personally hate long winded explanations, so we will keep this short. Or, you can forget the explanations and just skip to the fixes. For those of you still with us, here are the three most common reasons your computer has slowed down. Two deal with slow internet browsing and one is what is causing your computer to take so long to boot up is causing your computer to run slow.

1). You have not cleared out your temporary internet files.
2). You are loaded up with programs in your start menu.
3). You are loaded up with spyware and need to clean it out.

Okay, follow us here and we will take you to the steps and the explanations. Those other guys that jumped ahead are at the same page. But you now know where you are headed.

Run Faster Click Here


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: computer; mdm; spyware
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My computer was slogging along, mouse slow to respond, programs loading slow, start up grinding and grinding. So I did a little maintenance to speed it back up. Thought I would send out an end-of-the-month reminder to anyone having the same problem.
1 posted on 03/31/2005 12:44:57 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan
HEY!!!!

Are you trying to ruin my business?

2 posted on 03/31/2005 12:47:15 PM PST by Zavien Doombringer (Have you gotten your Viking Kittie Patch today? http://www.visualops.com/patch.html)
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To: BJungNan

Thanks for doing this, I tried it last month when you (I think) posted it. You are very helpful to those of us who are computer illiterate!


3 posted on 03/31/2005 12:47:21 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (When the DUmmies called this Nazi Germany 2 we called them UnAmerican)
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To: BJungNan

4... Run it on 240 V, instead of 120.


4 posted on 03/31/2005 12:48:52 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: BJungNan

actually there is more that you can do, besides de-frag and file scans. Norton Utilities Disk Doctor is Great! It fixes crosslinked files and directory structures...


5 posted on 03/31/2005 12:49:12 PM PST by Zavien Doombringer (Have you gotten your Viking Kittie Patch today? http://www.visualops.com/patch.html)
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To: BJungNan

There's freeware called HiJack This! that will list all the processes and their paths when Windows is first started and give you an option to delete. But print the log file and google search on questionable files first.


6 posted on 03/31/2005 12:49:24 PM PST by Semper Paratus (-)
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To: Izzy Dunne; BJungNan

Or how about 408 @400 Hz?

Seriously, thanks for the tips. After my daughters have been on the machine IM'ing it REALLY seems to slow down.


7 posted on 03/31/2005 12:50:35 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: BJungNan
Golly...are you sure this is neccessary? I'm running FreeBSD 5.2.1, on fairly generic hardware using an AMD Athlon 2200+...a gig of RAM....lotsa drive space.

What's this Spyware you speak of?

...furthermore, I can't seem to find the "Start Menu".

You Winders People KILL me! :-)
8 posted on 03/31/2005 12:51:35 PM PST by hiredhand (Pudge the Indestructible Kitty lives at http://www.justonemorefarm.com)
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To: BJungNan

Bump for later


9 posted on 03/31/2005 12:54:59 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: BJungNan
My computer is fast my dial-up sucks,connects at 28k and I've got a V90 modem,tried every free "speed enhancer" that I could find,got to 32k a couple of times,can't get anything but dial-up out here in the sticks.

Any ideas,anyone?

10 posted on 03/31/2005 12:56:42 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: Zavien Doombringer
Are you trying to ruin my business?

I have a friend in the same business. He has been called out to the same office to fix the computers four times for the same reason: They called and said the computer would not start. They did not have the monitor turned out.

Myself, I'm still trying to figure out why this foot switch is so hard to use. Makes moving the little pointer thingy really hard to move around the screen.

11 posted on 03/31/2005 12:57:30 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: mdittmar
Any ideas,anyone?

Get A Cable Modem connection. Get A Cable Modem connection. Get A Cable Modem connection.

I was a dial-up hold out for a long time. I will never go back.

12 posted on 03/31/2005 12:58:36 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan

deleting *.tmp files is nice, but theres a few other things you can do too. Add a 7200rpm 1GB hard drive (they're cheap!) as master on 2nd ide and use it for the page file (get it off your system drive) only; MS says set the file size to 1.5x min to 2x max the amount of ram you have, but setting it to the same for both min and max works best. That will speed things up a bit. And get a pagefile defrag program and run it once in awhile.


13 posted on 03/31/2005 12:59:15 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: BJungNan

No cable out here in the sticks.


14 posted on 03/31/2005 1:00:51 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: BJungNan
Good reminder.

I just cleared out my temporary internet files. Last time I did it must have been two months ago. Yikes.

15 posted on 03/31/2005 1:01:17 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 ("Wild, wild horses couldn't drag me away.." :)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Or you could just install your computer in one of these:


16 posted on 03/31/2005 1:02:49 PM PST by The_Victor (Doh!... stupid tagline)
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To: mdittmar

how far off the beaten path are you? are you out in the sticks? if you are, 28k might be all you can get. although i have seen people with wiring that needed maintenance like cleaning/tightening terminals at the junction box pick up speed. get tweakdun for tweaking your dial up.
just check the properties for your dial up connection and make sure the settings for data throughput is at its highest.


17 posted on 03/31/2005 1:03:15 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: mdittmar

one other thing; if you have sattellite tv, a sat modem isnt much more...


18 posted on 03/31/2005 1:03:54 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: mdittmar
No cable out here in the sticks.

There used to be a trick where you could use two modems, one for sending out and the other for receiving data. You need to phone lines and I don't remember how to set it up. Maybe someone else on here knows.

19 posted on 03/31/2005 1:03:54 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: mdittmar

Any ideas,anyone?

=======

1. Road Runner Cable !

2. Road Runner Cable !!

3. Road Runner Cable !!! ;-))





20 posted on 03/31/2005 1:04:34 PM PST by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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To: mdittmar

Oh, didnt see that. Well 28 in the sticks is understandable. Did you ask if they have DSL near you yet? You have to be withing 1500ft (or is it 15k? hmmm) of the switching office.


21 posted on 03/31/2005 1:05:14 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: mdittmar

"...my dial-up sucks..."

Check with your phone company if you are consistently slow and nothing seems to work. I just returned a guy's computer two weeks ago and it was his phonme line which was the problem. I had been knocking his internet provider when I saw the performance at his place (24 kbs), then took it home and things consistently performed at 53.2 kbs. When I took it back, it returned to 24 kbs. He checked with the phone company and all his sub-division worked at this lower rate. In fact, the phone company said by law, they only have to guarantee 14 kbs. (Guess standards are still for an analog world.)


22 posted on 03/31/2005 1:07:39 PM PST by Socratic (Ignorant and free? It's not to be. - T. Jefferson (paraphrase))
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To: BJungNan
Just Contact Tech Support
23 posted on 03/31/2005 1:10:21 PM PST by hflynn
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To: Socratic
I did some research and figured that was what it was.

I'll have to wait,the town is starting to boom,cable is on the way.

24 posted on 03/31/2005 1:11:38 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: mdittmar

"...cable is on the way."

Hope you don't have to wait TOO long. Good luck.


25 posted on 03/31/2005 1:18:36 PM PST by Socratic (Ignorant and free? It's not to be. - T. Jefferson (paraphrase))
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To: rdb3; chance33_98; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Bush2000; PenguinWry; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; ...

26 posted on 03/31/2005 1:20:27 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: BJungNan
Surely you've seen those shops around town with a sign saying "Computer Spin Balancing".

Take it into one of those and tell them you'd like your computer spin balanced.

27 posted on 03/31/2005 1:24:34 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
one other thing; if you have sattellite tv, a sat modem isnt much more...

According to my research it is...DirecWay charges about $600 for the equipment and installation. And then it is $59/mo. Outrageous.

28 posted on 03/31/2005 1:32:04 PM PST by ravingnutter
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To: Izzy Dunne
Surely you've seen those shops around town with a sign saying "Computer Spin Balancing".

I tried that already. They just looked at me really funny.

Another question. Can I copy the Internet to my own computer so I won't have to pay for internet service?

29 posted on 03/31/2005 1:47:22 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan

zzzZZZzzzz


30 posted on 03/31/2005 2:04:00 PM PST by KoRn (~Halliburton Told Me......)
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To: hiredhand

"...furthermore, I can't seem to find the "Start Menu"."

lol...is that anything like my K-Menu?? ;)


31 posted on 03/31/2005 2:07:44 PM PST by melbell (A Freudian slip is when you mean one thing, and say your mother)
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To: Izzy Dunne

"Take it into one of those and tell them you'd like your computer spin balanced."

hahahaha...I wonder what they would say!! lol


32 posted on 03/31/2005 2:14:41 PM PST by melbell (A Freudian slip is when you mean one thing, and say your mother)
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To: John O

ping for later


33 posted on 03/31/2005 2:14:59 PM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: BJungNan
Can I copy the Internet to my own computer so I won't have to pay for internet service?

ROFL!!

Tell us if you get some serious inquiries!

It might happen!

34 posted on 03/31/2005 2:15:14 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: melbell
lol...is that anything like my K-Menu?? ;)

I believe it is! You mean like this...? :-)
KDE on FreeBSD!
35 posted on 03/31/2005 2:20:18 PM PST by hiredhand (Pudge the Indestructible Kitty lives at http://www.justonemorefarm.com)
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To: ravingnutter

even if you have an existing service for your tv?


36 posted on 03/31/2005 2:50:08 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

Know of a good pagefile defrag program? My computer has gone through all the steps possible to speed it up, but my pagefile is still in 6 fragments. I have no idea how to fix that. Any help would be appreciated.


37 posted on 03/31/2005 3:03:46 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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good pagefile defrag program

???

Is that your SWAP file.....try deleting it and then do a cold start...so windows rebuilds it....

38 posted on 03/31/2005 3:18:03 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: JerseyHighlander

I put this file in the root of c:\ and you can set it to run at next boot, every boot or uninstall.

The file is here
http://www.sysinternals.com/files/pagedfrg.zip
as a part of this page
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/pagedefrag.shtml

PageDefrag works on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Server 2003. I have XP Pro. The guy might have something for some other os here
http://www.sysinternals.com/index.shtml
under utilities


39 posted on 03/31/2005 3:19:18 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yes or in xp you can set a group policy to clean it out everytime you shut down.


40 posted on 03/31/2005 3:20:08 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: JerseyHighlander
Go here:

Defragmenting Your Pagefile

41 posted on 03/31/2005 3:23:32 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; blam; SunkenCiv; onyx; Brad's Gramma; ...

See link at #41!

Has a good procedure!

I have enough memory, I am not sure the Swap ever happens.


42 posted on 03/31/2005 3:28:20 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: BJungNan

BTTT....thank you.


43 posted on 03/31/2005 3:37:44 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (aitch tee tee pea colon 2 slashes dubya dubya dubya dot proud patriots dot org)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yea you can move it and move it back, that will do it if you have a partition, or enable the group policy in the settings in admin control panel. If you delete it altogether it might slow the pc way down until you re-create it and boot again. But that defrag file I linked above works nice, very small, very quick. and no spyware!
one way to keep it from getting defragged as easily, and msdn and technet suggest is to make the min and max size of the file the same size, typically 1.5x the size or amount of physical ram.


44 posted on 03/31/2005 3:40:24 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thats a very good thing to do!

A program I like to use to speed things up is Norton Win Doctor, its within the Norton Utilities Suite. It makes Windows run very fast after using it. Win Doctor scans your Windows Installation for things that tend to slow it down, like broken shortcuts, registry problems, and much much more. After it finds problems in Windows it applies fixes to them as well.
45 posted on 03/31/2005 3:43:34 PM PST by KoRn (~Halliburton Told Me......)
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To: hiredhand
You Winders People KILL me! :-)

I have to agree, when I switched to Linux I quit working ON my PC and started working WITH my PC!!

46 posted on 03/31/2005 3:48:10 PM PST by amigatec (There are no significant bugs in our software... Maybe you're not using it properly.- Bill Gates)
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To: amigatec

Ain't that the truth!

Running Xandros V3 here.....know very little really about linux.


47 posted on 03/31/2005 3:58:51 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: amigatec
I have to agree, when I switched to Linux I quit working ON my PC and started working WITH my PC!!

Yep! That's about the way it works too! I've been running FreeBSD as a desktop OS (with KDE on top), but used to run RedHat Linux. I wouldn't recommend FreeBSD as a desktop OS. It "can" be trouble. It's a GREAT server OS! I'm thinking about moving it all back over to Debian. :-)
48 posted on 03/31/2005 3:59:43 PM PST by hiredhand (Pudge the Indestructible Kitty lives at http://www.justonemorefarm.com)
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To: All; BJungNan; KoRn; RedBloodedAmerican; JerseyHighlander; Brad's Gramma
From the link at post #41:

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Freeware alternative
2004-11-24 11:18:54  ecloninger [Reply | View]

There is a freeware pagefile defragmenter available at www.sysinternals.com. I've been using it for several years on NT/2000/XP with no problems. It does not require you to turn off virtual memory and it does it's job requiring only one reboot.


49 posted on 03/31/2005 4:04:24 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach


Thank you.
I'll keep that link.


50 posted on 03/31/2005 4:09:57 PM PST by onyx (Robert Frost "Good fences make good neighbors." Build the fence, Mr. President and Congress.)
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