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General System Performance Questions/Issues

  1. #1


    John C Harris Guest

    General System Performance Questions/Issues

    I have a DeLL XPS Pentium 1.83 Gig with 2 Gig RAM and ATI Radeon 256 MB
    card.

    Initially had XP Home on it and upgraded to VISTA Home Premium.

    Have generally had few issues but lately my system has been peaking out and
    hanging for about two minutes intermittently. I have turned off Indexing,
    thinking it was that, but no help. It usually happens when opening email in
    Outlook 2007 or while browsing using IE 7.

    I have tried to make notes on when it hangs but there seems to be no rhyme
    of reason to it. I have enough RAM and a big enough Video Card so I am at a
    loss about what is happening. Has any seen this and are there any ideas you
    could offer? I have also checked the performance meter and tracking but it
    is showing no issues.

    Thanks in Advance

    - John


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  3. #2


    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: General System Performance Questions/Issues

    In the Start Search box type Performance, and double click on Performance
    Information and Tools in the results list. Click on Advanced Tools. Work
    through the tools to see what is causing the poor performance.

    --
    Kerry Brown
    Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    http://www.vistahelp.ca


    "John C Harris" <harris1113@tampabay.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:F8E47195-A0EE-49EB-BFFA-B2A14A6D4979@microsoft.com...
    >I have a DeLL XPS Pentium 1.83 Gig with 2 Gig RAM and ATI Radeon 256 MB
    >card.
    >
    > Initially had XP Home on it and upgraded to VISTA Home Premium.
    >
    > Have generally had few issues but lately my system has been peaking out
    > and hanging for about two minutes intermittently. I have turned off
    > Indexing, thinking it was that, but no help. It usually happens when
    > opening email in Outlook 2007 or while browsing using IE 7.
    >
    > I have tried to make notes on when it hangs but there seems to be no rhyme
    > of reason to it. I have enough RAM and a big enough Video Card so I am at
    > a loss about what is happening. Has any seen this and are there any ideas
    > you could offer? I have also checked the performance meter and tracking
    > but it is showing no issues.
    >
    > Thanks in Advance
    >
    > - John



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #3


    Wayne L. Guest

    Re: General System Performance Questions/Issues


    --

    At 180 GBs you're on the low side. As a start, go in Control Panel to
    "Performance Information and Tools" and check " Base Score". My Vista with
    236 GBs scores at a paultry 2.0 - totally inadequite for Aero (for example).
    Then click computer and check HD usage. System Restore will use about 27 GBs
    (15% of total 180) and this has caused problems for some. Mine was up to 35
    GBs but I got it down to 10. Don't disable SR as you will most likely need
    it. Wayne



    Wayne L.


    "Kerry Brown" wrote:

    > In the Start Search box type Performance, and double click on Performance
    > Information and Tools in the results list. Click on Advanced Tools. Work
    > through the tools to see what is causing the poor performance.
    >
    > --
    > Kerry Brown
    > Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    > http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >
    >
    > "John C Harris" <harris1113@tampabay.rr.com> wrote in message
    > news:F8E47195-A0EE-49EB-BFFA-B2A14A6D4979@microsoft.com...
    > >I have a DeLL XPS Pentium 1.83 Gig with 2 Gig RAM and ATI Radeon 256 MB
    > >card.
    > >
    > > Initially had XP Home on it and upgraded to VISTA Home Premium.
    > >
    > > Have generally had few issues but lately my system has been peaking out
    > > and hanging for about two minutes intermittently. I have turned off
    > > Indexing, thinking it was that, but no help. It usually happens when
    > > opening email in Outlook 2007 or while browsing using IE 7.
    > >
    > > I have tried to make notes on when it hangs but there seems to be no rhyme
    > > of reason to it. I have enough RAM and a big enough Video Card so I am at
    > > a loss about what is happening. Has any seen this and are there any ideas
    > > you could offer? I have also checked the performance meter and tracking
    > > but it is showing no issues.
    > >
    > > Thanks in Advance
    > >
    > > - John

    >
    >


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  5. #4


    John Barnes Guest

    Re: General System Performance Questions/Issues

    I agree. When I had a 3500+ I was also having hangs, etc. after upgrading
    to a 5200+ x2 these were mostly gone. To get rid of the rest of the
    problem I had to manually set the affinity of several running processes to
    one of the cpu's. Using the performance tools as suggested by Kerry should
    help you identify your problem.


    "Wayne L." <WayneL@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:4E8727FC-D831-44E0-A1F1-604A69BF7BD8@microsoft.com...
    >
    > --
    >
    > At 180 GBs you're on the low side. As a start, go in Control Panel to
    > "Performance Information and Tools" and check " Base Score". My Vista with
    > 236 GBs scores at a paultry 2.0 - totally inadequite for Aero (for
    > example).
    > Then click computer and check HD usage. System Restore will use about 27
    > GBs
    > (15% of total 180) and this has caused problems for some. Mine was up to
    > 35
    > GBs but I got it down to 10. Don't disable SR as you will most likely need
    > it. Wayne
    >
    >
    >
    > Wayne L.
    >
    >
    > "Kerry Brown" wrote:
    >
    >> In the Start Search box type Performance, and double click on Performance
    >> Information and Tools in the results list. Click on Advanced Tools. Work
    >> through the tools to see what is causing the poor performance.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Kerry Brown
    >> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    >> http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >>
    >>
    >> "John C Harris" <harris1113@tampabay.rr.com> wrote in message
    >> news:F8E47195-A0EE-49EB-BFFA-B2A14A6D4979@microsoft.com...
    >> >I have a DeLL XPS Pentium 1.83 Gig with 2 Gig RAM and ATI Radeon 256 MB
    >> >card.
    >> >
    >> > Initially had XP Home on it and upgraded to VISTA Home Premium.
    >> >
    >> > Have generally had few issues but lately my system has been peaking out
    >> > and hanging for about two minutes intermittently. I have turned off
    >> > Indexing, thinking it was that, but no help. It usually happens when
    >> > opening email in Outlook 2007 or while browsing using IE 7.
    >> >
    >> > I have tried to make notes on when it hangs but there seems to be no
    >> > rhyme
    >> > of reason to it. I have enough RAM and a big enough Video Card so I am
    >> > at
    >> > a loss about what is happening. Has any seen this and are there any
    >> > ideas
    >> > you could offer? I have also checked the performance meter and tracking
    >> > but it is showing no issues.
    >> >
    >> > Thanks in Advance
    >> >
    >> > - John

    >>
    >>



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  6. #5


    John C Harris Guest

    Re: General System Performance Questions/Issues

    My base score is a 4.2 so I SHOULD be good. Went into the performance and
    the only thing that hinted at a problem was a shell error at one point when
    I KNOW it was hanging, but there is nothing there as how to resolve it. Just
    to be certain I went ahead and disabled the aero stuff and watching it now
    to see what happens.

    The "180 Gigs you are referring to sounds like Hard Drive size. I was
    referring to my processor.

    "Wayne L." <WayneL@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:4E8727FC-D831-44E0-A1F1-604A69BF7BD8@microsoft.com...
    >
    > --
    >
    > At 180 GBs you're on the low side. As a start, go in Control Panel to
    > "Performance Information and Tools" and check " Base Score". My Vista with
    > 236 GBs scores at a paultry 2.0 - totally inadequite for Aero (for
    > example).
    > Then click computer and check HD usage. System Restore will use about 27
    > GBs
    > (15% of total 180) and this has caused problems for some. Mine was up to
    > 35
    > GBs but I got it down to 10. Don't disable SR as you will most likely need
    > it. Wayne
    >
    >
    >
    > Wayne L.
    >
    >
    > "Kerry Brown" wrote:
    >
    >> In the Start Search box type Performance, and double click on Performance
    >> Information and Tools in the results list. Click on Advanced Tools. Work
    >> through the tools to see what is causing the poor performance.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Kerry Brown
    >> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    >> http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >>
    >>
    >> "John C Harris" <harris1113@tampabay.rr.com> wrote in message
    >> news:F8E47195-A0EE-49EB-BFFA-B2A14A6D4979@microsoft.com...
    >> >I have a DeLL XPS Pentium 1.83 Gig with 2 Gig RAM and ATI Radeon 256 MB
    >> >card.
    >> >
    >> > Initially had XP Home on it and upgraded to VISTA Home Premium.
    >> >
    >> > Have generally had few issues but lately my system has been peaking out
    >> > and hanging for about two minutes intermittently. I have turned off
    >> > Indexing, thinking it was that, but no help. It usually happens when
    >> > opening email in Outlook 2007 or while browsing using IE 7.
    >> >
    >> > I have tried to make notes on when it hangs but there seems to be no
    >> > rhyme
    >> > of reason to it. I have enough RAM and a big enough Video Card so I am
    >> > at
    >> > a loss about what is happening. Has any seen this and are there any
    >> > ideas
    >> > you could offer? I have also checked the performance meter and tracking
    >> > but it is showing no issues.
    >> >
    >> > Thanks in Advance
    >> >
    >> > - John

    >>
    >>



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  7. #6


    John C Harris Guest

    Re: General System Performance Questions/Issues

    Do you think I need to upgrade my processor? How/where do I find what my
    system can handle? Would DeLL possibly know?

    I am thinking this is what I need to do but never done that before so need
    to be careful

    "John Barnes" <jbarnes@email.net> wrote in message
    news:erzzhj3pHHA.4496@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >I agree. When I had a 3500+ I was also having hangs, etc. after upgrading
    >to a 5200+ x2 these were mostly gone. To get rid of the rest of the
    >problem I had to manually set the affinity of several running processes to
    >one of the cpu's. Using the performance tools as suggested by Kerry should
    >help you identify your problem.
    >
    >
    > "Wayne L." <WayneL@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:4E8727FC-D831-44E0-A1F1-604A69BF7BD8@microsoft.com...
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> At 180 GBs you're on the low side. As a start, go in Control Panel to
    >> "Performance Information and Tools" and check " Base Score". My Vista
    >> with
    >> 236 GBs scores at a paultry 2.0 - totally inadequite for Aero (for
    >> example).
    >> Then click computer and check HD usage. System Restore will use about 27
    >> GBs
    >> (15% of total 180) and this has caused problems for some. Mine was up to
    >> 35
    >> GBs but I got it down to 10. Don't disable SR as you will most likely
    >> need
    >> it. Wayne
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Wayne L.
    >>
    >>
    >> "Kerry Brown" wrote:
    >>
    >>> In the Start Search box type Performance, and double click on
    >>> Performance
    >>> Information and Tools in the results list. Click on Advanced Tools. Work
    >>> through the tools to see what is causing the poor performance.
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Kerry Brown
    >>> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    >>> http://www.vistahelp.ca
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "John C Harris" <harris1113@tampabay.rr.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:F8E47195-A0EE-49EB-BFFA-B2A14A6D4979@microsoft.com...
    >>> >I have a DeLL XPS Pentium 1.83 Gig with 2 Gig RAM and ATI Radeon 256 MB
    >>> >card.
    >>> >
    >>> > Initially had XP Home on it and upgraded to VISTA Home Premium.
    >>> >
    >>> > Have generally had few issues but lately my system has been peaking
    >>> > out
    >>> > and hanging for about two minutes intermittently. I have turned off
    >>> > Indexing, thinking it was that, but no help. It usually happens when
    >>> > opening email in Outlook 2007 or while browsing using IE 7.
    >>> >
    >>> > I have tried to make notes on when it hangs but there seems to be no
    >>> > rhyme
    >>> > of reason to it. I have enough RAM and a big enough Video Card so I am
    >>> > at
    >>> > a loss about what is happening. Has any seen this and are there any
    >>> > ideas
    >>> > you could offer? I have also checked the performance meter and
    >>> > tracking
    >>> > but it is showing no issues.
    >>> >
    >>> > Thanks in Advance
    >>> >
    >>> > - John
    >>>
    >>>

    >



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  8. #7


    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: General System Performance Questions/Issues

    "John C Harris" <harris1113@tampabay.rr.com> wrote in message
    newsDC9A61B-E24F-486E-B89B-50B71FC861D5@microsoft.com...
    > My base score is a 4.2 so I SHOULD be good. Went into the performance and
    > the only thing that hinted at a problem was a shell error at one point
    > when I KNOW it was hanging, but there is nothing there as how to resolve
    > it. Just to be certain I went ahead and disabled the aero stuff and
    > watching it now to see what happens.
    >



    Did you click on "View Performance details in Event log"? Go through the log
    and look for Event ID's in the 400's and 500's.

    --
    Kerry Brown
    Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
    http://www.vistahelp.ca



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