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Vista Crashing! and my laptop has slowed down!

  1. #1


    Vistaissues Guest

    Vista Crashing! and my laptop has slowed down!

    Hello saviours!,
    basically my vista keeps on crashing, by that i mean it goes mental. when im
    on msn or randomly watching a video, vista just portrays a black screen with
    flicking images of my desktop and running programs.
    secondly, i have a top of the range toshiba laptop and it has slowed down
    recently alot!... i have defragmented my hard drive and their is loads of
    space free. approximately 130gb free space. ANY solution or help is highly
    appreciated!
    Many thanks!

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  3. #2


    Charlie Tame Guest

    Re: Vista Crashing! and my laptop has slowed down!

    Vistaissues wrote:

    > Hello saviours!,
    > basically my vista keeps on crashing, by that i mean it goes mental. when im
    > on msn or randomly watching a video, vista just portrays a black screen with
    > flicking images of my desktop and running programs.
    > secondly, i have a top of the range toshiba laptop and it has slowed down
    > recently alot!... i have defragmented my hard drive and their is loads of
    > space free. approximately 130gb free space. ANY solution or help is highly
    > appreciated!
    > Many thanks!

    Well, can you pin the start of the slowdown to something that happened
    around that time, example a program install, any settings changed etc?
    Is there a lot of disk drive activity?

    If Vista started off okay and slowed down it may be nothing to do with
    the OS itself, on the other hand the media presentation problems may
    indicate problems within Vista's DRM system or the manufacturers' video
    drivers. I believe there may have been updates to some things that might
    explain why it started off well and then became slow.

    If the media is something you downloaded check for spyware / adware. You
    may need to use independent software for this as "Defender" is about as
    much use as an ashtray on a motorbike and a firewall doesn't stop that
    kind of thing. Many Antivirus programs won't catch spy or adware either.
    In fact on a couple of systems I had to shut down defender to rectify
    problems.

    One thing that slowed 2 of mine to a crawl was drive "Indexing" (Right
    click on drive icon and uncheck box). No idea why this happened, but
    when unchecked things speeded up considerably, between that and Defender
    Vista became impractical.

    Someone might recognize the symptoms right away, hope they do, but if
    you can think of any other clues as to when the trouble started it may
    help. Obviously if this a a problem that started since you have had the
    machine and it was okay at first then is "Should not" be a driver
    problem unless you have installed any, newer is not "Always" better with
    some drivers, and it sounds like your original setup was alright. Do you
    have anything like Norton running?


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  4. #3


    Vistaissues Guest

    Re: Vista Crashing! and my laptop has slowed down!

    Thanks...
    yes i do have norton running.
    however i am confused by what you said: "One thing that slowed 2 of mine to
    a crawl was drive "Indexing" (Right

    > click on drive icon and uncheck box). " how do i do that?
    "Charlie Tame" wrote:

    > Vistaissues wrote:

    > > Hello saviours!,
    > > basically my vista keeps on crashing, by that i mean it goes mental. when im
    > > on msn or randomly watching a video, vista just portrays a black screen with
    > > flicking images of my desktop and running programs.
    > > secondly, i have a top of the range toshiba laptop and it has slowed down
    > > recently alot!... i have defragmented my hard drive and their is loads of
    > > space free. approximately 130gb free space. ANY solution or help is highly
    > > appreciated!
    > > Many thanks!
    >
    >
    > Well, can you pin the start of the slowdown to something that happened
    > around that time, example a program install, any settings changed etc?
    > Is there a lot of disk drive activity?
    >
    > If Vista started off okay and slowed down it may be nothing to do with
    > the OS itself, on the other hand the media presentation problems may
    > indicate problems within Vista's DRM system or the manufacturers' video
    > drivers. I believe there may have been updates to some things that might
    > explain why it started off well and then became slow.
    >
    > If the media is something you downloaded check for spyware / adware. You
    > may need to use independent software for this as "Defender" is about as
    > much use as an ashtray on a motorbike and a firewall doesn't stop that
    > kind of thing. Many Antivirus programs won't catch spy or adware either.
    > In fact on a couple of systems I had to shut down defender to rectify
    > problems.
    >
    > One thing that slowed 2 of mine to a crawl was drive "Indexing" (Right
    > click on drive icon and uncheck box). No idea why this happened, but
    > when unchecked things speeded up considerably, between that and Defender
    > Vista became impractical.
    >
    > Someone might recognize the symptoms right away, hope they do, but if
    > you can think of any other clues as to when the trouble started it may
    > help. Obviously if this a a problem that started since you have had the
    > machine and it was okay at first then is "Should not" be a driver
    > problem unless you have installed any, newer is not "Always" better with
    > some drivers, and it sounds like your original setup was alright. Do you
    > have anything like Norton running?
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    Mick Murphy Guest

    RE: Vista Crashing! and my laptop has slowed down!

    Norton will be part of the problem, as it has issues with Vista. They say it
    is 100% compatible, but it is not.

    start> computer> drive icon: C

    "Vistaissues" wrote:

    > Hello saviours!,
    > basically my vista keeps on crashing, by that i mean it goes mental. when im
    > on msn or randomly watching a video, vista just portrays a black screen with
    > flicking images of my desktop and running programs.
    > secondly, i have a top of the range toshiba laptop and it has slowed down
    > recently alot!... i have defragmented my hard drive and their is loads of
    > space free. approximately 130gb free space. ANY solution or help is highly
    > appreciated!
    > Many thanks!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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