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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


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To: mdittmar
Do a web search for : TCP Optimizer.
It's a program that optimizes your PC and network cards.
My mom has a V 90 modem and after I used it on her computer she can get 50 K on her dail up.
51 posted on 03/31/2005 4:27:35 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The ( FOOL ) hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Just curious as to why one would want to defrag their page file when it can simply be deleted and rebuilt? In Windows XP the page file can't be deleted directly from Windows because it will give the "in use" error.

I always delete mine from my Windows PE(variant) CD.

For info on how to make this CD, go here:Bart's PE Builder

This is an amazing tool. I refer to it as my 'magic disk'. It can be used for disaster recovery to rescue files from a system that won't boot. It's pretty much a Windows XP 'Live CD' similar to Knoppix in the Linux world, and it has full USB and Network Support. You can boot from this CD into a minimal Windows XP Installation where you can access all Windows partitions and the files that are on them. With this CD there is no computer you can't get into as long as you have physical access and a CDROM.

52 posted on 03/31/2005 4:28:19 PM PST by KoRn (~Halliburton Told Me......)
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To: mdittmar
You can still get DSL through your phone lines ( if it supports DSL ) but, the DSL company has to do a " LINE TEST " to see if your phone lines are capable for DSL.
53 posted on 03/31/2005 4:31:19 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The ( FOOL ) hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: mdittmar
Also, ( if you don't have it already ) try using Firefox ( Mozilla ) browser, it seems to run faster and the web pages load up faster than MS Internet Explorer.
54 posted on 03/31/2005 4:37:21 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The ( FOOL ) hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: hiredhand

Check your clock. Your PC clock is six minutes slow.


55 posted on 03/31/2005 4:54:43 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional.)
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To: brityank
Check your clock. Your PC clock is six minutes slow.

Oh hey! There is a 6 minute difference between my workstation and FR! :-)

I just checked three machines at the site here and they're all the same...and they're all slaved from one of the US Navy time servers....so USN NTP servers might be off, but I doubt it. :-)

Either way...you've got a good eye. :-)
56 posted on 03/31/2005 5:00:52 PM PST by hiredhand (Pudge the Indestructible Kitty lives at http://www.justonemorefarm.com)
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To: KoRn

Very interesting!


57 posted on 03/31/2005 5:03:25 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Zavien Doombringer

Yo. Mr. Doombringer. If you're here...Gramps is having trouble w/his computer.

When he tries to open a Word Doc, Word files....he's getting an error message saying he doesn't have enough memory. He closed out all of his open programs, did a defrag, rebooted, disk clean-up and still has the problem.

Would you be so kind as to H-E-L-P???

(or anyone who knows......)

Thankin' Ye!


58 posted on 03/31/2005 6:07:01 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; BJungNan

Hey thanks, it helped.


59 posted on 03/31/2005 6:28:27 PM PST by blam
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To: mdittmar

Been there. Phone company put a "load" on the local line, helped a bit, but got the same answer about what the max they were required to deliver.

I had to have more bw for work, broke down and got ISDN. It's expensive and was a bit of a pain to do mostly myself.

So: if you got cable or DSL coming soon, wait - bear in mind that providers are notorious for saying "we'll have service out there in a few months" when it's not true.

ISDN is not much speed for the buck - 128k, but it was still cheaper than satellite and I was maxed out in budget. ISDN is quite stable and reliable for me. You also get a phone line (though bw is cut if you use it while surfing.)

good luck..


60 posted on 03/31/2005 6:39:52 PM PST by D-fendr
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To: blam
Hey thanks, it helped.

Simple magic. According to some of the gurus on here, very simple. But it works.

61 posted on 03/31/2005 6:40:53 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
There is a freeware pagefile defragmenter ...

Maybe some on here will tell me there is a better way, but the best way I found to defragment is to run Windows defragmenter in Safe Mode.

Steps for defragmenting in Safe Mode (win 98)

1). Shut down computer.
2). Power up computer and immediately...
3). Press F8 key repeatedly (rapid keep pressing).
4). Select Safe mode and let computer boot up.
5). Click on START
6). Mouse over PROGRAMS
7). Mouse over ACCESSORIES
8). Mouse over SYSTEM TOOLS
9). Click on DISK DEFRAGMENTOR

Let it do its thing. Then shut down and start again.

Doing it from Safe Mode will keep it from restarting as different programs you have running in the background keep changing your disk information (everytime the disk information changes, defrag starts over).

And doing it is SAFE MODE and it defrags in a whole lot less time.

This will also speed your computer. For those of you that don't know what defragging is, as the computer stores and retrieves information from your hard drive, it gets a little messy (like my desk). All the papers are there but they get harder and harder to find.

When you defragment the information on your hard drive, your computer puts the information in places that it can get to them quickly. The faster it can find the information, the faster your computer runs.

The only difference between your computer cleaning things up and me cleaning up my desk is that the computer can find what it is looking for when it is done. Me, I can find a thing when my desk is clean.

62 posted on 03/31/2005 6:52:15 PM PST by BJungNan
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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!!

Yea, but then you miss watching the defrag process. That's worth at least 20 minutes of fun watching the little squares change color and the blank spaces getting filled up.

63 posted on 03/31/2005 6:54:29 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan

Poor things. They think all this is necessary.


64 posted on 03/31/2005 7:02:39 PM PST by mercy (never again a patsy for Bill Gates - spyware and viri free for over a year now)
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To: mercy
Poor things. They think all this is necessary.

It is if you are running Win98

65 posted on 03/31/2005 7:07:32 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan
2. Clearing Out Your Start Menu Programs (for faster computer start up and overall faster operation).
what stays and what goes? I found this site helpful: http://www.sysinfo.org/
66 posted on 03/31/2005 8:33:45 PM PST by lunarbicep (Always drink upstream from the herd.)
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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!!

Yup. Every once in a while some winders bigot will roll out that "Linux is only free if your time is worth nothing" line. I point them to threads like these. My computer just works. I shouldn't have to waste my time babysitting the thing to keep it from getting spyware/worms/viruses.

67 posted on 03/31/2005 8:44:04 PM PST by zeugma (Come to the Dark Side...... We have cookies! (Made from the finest girlscouts!))
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To: lunarbicep
http://www.sysinfo.org/

Wow, great find. I've wanted something like this for years. Thanks much!

68 posted on 03/31/2005 9:40:43 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: mdittmar
Any ideas,anyone?

If you don't have a terrestrial wireless ISP in your area, try www.starband.com.

69 posted on 03/31/2005 9:42:44 PM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: mdittmar
Direct satellite. I live on a farm and when I first moved here I had a party line. No dial up there.
You will love satellite. For a flat fee you have instant fast Internet on all the time. AND you still have your phone.
I would never go back to anything other than satellite T.V. and Web access. I don't have the patience to wait for picture downloads.
70 posted on 03/31/2005 9:45:32 PM PST by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: hiredhand

LMAO !.....


71 posted on 03/31/2005 9:46:56 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: mdittmar
Please disregard the Starband suggestion a couple of posts up.

I meant to suggest the new WildBlue.com satellite Internet service. It should start operation in a few weeks.

72 posted on 03/31/2005 9:54:36 PM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: mdittmar

Have a friend on wireless that is about 15 miles from town. The wireless transmitter is on a grain silo in a small farm town . My friend and his wife had to purchase some sort of antenna in line gizmo that boosted the signal and their wallets contents initially yet their internet is screamin fast !!

I'm trying to decide if I want cable broadband or wireless........pro's or cons of each is what I seek if anyone has time.

Stay safe !


73 posted on 03/31/2005 9:55:31 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: BJungNan

Find again bump


74 posted on 03/31/2005 10:02:46 PM PST by Misty Memory (Making a mental note.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; All; BJungNan; KoRn; RedBloodedAmerican; JerseyHighlander; Brad's Gramma

Thank you all, the increase in speed when moving large image files is noticeable faster already.


75 posted on 03/31/2005 10:21:50 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: Squantos

I have dsl and love it, for what that's worth.

I can't give you anything technical...other than it doesn't go down...


76 posted on 03/31/2005 10:23:54 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: Brad's Gramma

So it works well....I live in a very samll town in the Panhandle, we have cable modems and wireless net but not sure about DSL.........will have to check that one too........:o)

Thanks Gramma !!


77 posted on 03/31/2005 10:39:26 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Squantos
I don't know about wireless but RR sure is nice after using dial-up for years.

It's hard to use the cell phone connection after using RR but then again Ya can't drive down the road and use RR.
78 posted on 03/31/2005 10:39:37 PM PST by ChefKeith (Apply here to be added to the NASCAR Ping List, Daytona is done but we got 32 more races to go...)
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To: Brad's Gramma

DSL is too slow....I have Adelphia and they just increase download speed to 4 Mbps....course bandwidth tester ...just ran it... says I am only getting 2.0 Mbps...


79 posted on 03/31/2005 10:40:37 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Squantos

You owe me.

Never ever forget it.


80 posted on 03/31/2005 10:40:57 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

Sheesh.





:)


81 posted on 03/31/2005 10:42:14 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: Brad's Gramma
DSL is the most secure high speed connection to the Internet you can have due to the point to point protocols it uses between the modem and DSLAM. Cable Internet doesn't provide such security(in most cases). Cable is more like shared Ethernet on a WAN scale.

DSL is also a dedicated service and will never slow down under normal operating conditions, and you will get what you are paying for every time you use it, unlike cable.
82 posted on 03/31/2005 10:42:32 PM PST by KoRn (~Halliburton Told Me......)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"DSL is too slow....I have Adelphia and they just increase download speed to 4 Mbps....course bandwidth tester ...just ran it... says I am only getting 2.0 Mbps..."

That's one of the problems with cable. Since the bandwidth is shared with your neighbors you will have fluctuations in speed. I don't like going onto the net to download a large file HOPING it will be as fast as I'm paying for.

83 posted on 03/31/2005 10:46:59 PM PST by KoRn (~Halliburton Told Me......)
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To: KoRn

Good info ......I'll see if they have it out here in the boonies.

Thanks !


84 posted on 03/31/2005 10:48:34 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: ChefKeith

RR ?!?!?!?


85 posted on 03/31/2005 10:49:35 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Squantos
I live in the woods and I'm surprised we have it here lol.
86 posted on 03/31/2005 10:50:47 PM PST by KoRn (~Halliburton Told Me......)
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To: Squantos

Road Runner High Speed Cable from Time Warner/Cox Cable.


87 posted on 03/31/2005 10:53:40 PM PST by ChefKeith (Apply here to be added to the NASCAR Ping List, Daytona is done but we got 32 more races to go...)
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To: Squantos

You got Sat. TV?

DirecTV has a setup for high speed Internet available.

I think DishNetwork does also.


88 posted on 03/31/2005 10:56:08 PM PST by ChefKeith (Apply here to be added to the NASCAR Ping List, Daytona is done but we got 32 more races to go...)
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To: ChefKeith

My closest source for cable is Pampa TX routed to my small ville in the Panhandle. I think they use Hughes vs Cox ....


89 posted on 03/31/2005 10:56:18 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: ChefKeith

Yeah but no gold mine !

And besides if bad weather will knock the Sat Net out like it does Sat TV then screw that.... Good idea though !!....:o)

I think I'm gonna ask about local DSL, Cable and or Wireless in that order.....Sat Net will have to be a last resort for me !


90 posted on 03/31/2005 10:59:22 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Squantos

O.K.

I gotta get some sleep now got 2 double shifts to work this weekend and it's payday so I have to get up in the morning and do the bank/bills/food/cigar run.

Take care


91 posted on 03/31/2005 11:00:08 PM PST by ChefKeith (Apply here to be added to the NASCAR Ping List, Daytona is done but we got 32 more races to go...)
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To: ChefKeith

Thanks for the help....I'll surely have more questions if ya get the time ....

Gnite !


92 posted on 03/31/2005 11:03:02 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: KoRn

What was the setup, add ons etc if ya have time ???....is it just a internal modem for yer desk top or was it an external modem that can wireless in your home for a LAN for the desk top and the laptop ??


93 posted on 03/31/2005 11:05:24 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Squantos
The DSL modem(not really a modem but that's what people call them for some reason) is just a device that forwards your local traffic into the telco network over PPOE in most cases, to the Internet, and vice versa.

Behind your DSL 'modem' you can have a wireless router, or access point to provide access to other computers in your local network without having to run network cables. All you need is the wireless router and wireless adapters for any computer you want to have access.
94 posted on 03/31/2005 11:11:15 PM PST by KoRn (~Halliburton Told Me......)
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To: All

Damn

I gotta go to bed!

Night all. ;^)


95 posted on 03/31/2005 11:12:29 PM PST by KoRn (~Halliburton Told Me......)
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To: KoRn

Kewl....I'm learning. Been the 56K dialup lama per se since Al Gore invented the internet....:o)

Thanks for yer help........Stay safe !!


96 posted on 03/31/2005 11:13:34 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Mac.


97 posted on 03/31/2005 11:19:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (last updated my FreeRepublic profile on Friday, March 25, 2005.)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness; mdittmar

For TCP Optimizer (works great, free):

http://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php


98 posted on 04/01/2005 5:35:31 AM PST by Griptilian
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

It is my understanding (I read the FAQ)that Direcway internet service uses a special dish and so you would have a two-dish system to access DirectTV as well. And of course, as with our two TVs that we have hooked up to satellite (one dish), each must have it's own receiver, so you would end up purchasing the receiver for Direcway. Also, I would need to purchase some type of Ethernet card or adapter. And then they have to run an Ethernet cable, separate from my DirectTV cable. So yes, the equipment would be the same as far as I can tell. Plus the $59.99 fee/mo. vs. the $19.95 I am paying now. My DirectTV bill is $84 a month as it is.


99 posted on 04/01/2005 6:03:07 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: BJungNan

Bump.


100 posted on 04/01/2005 6:04:57 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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