Vista Basic Running Really Slow

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Paul Calcagno

I've got a 6 year Compaq old laptop running Vista Basic, 1.5 GB of RAM, most
WU's are current, MBAM, SAS, CA Security Suite with the FW shut off. Windows
Firewall, Windows Defender.

The system is very slow for file/program commands (Open, close, shutdowns,
etc.). For instance, if I right click on Start and select `Explore' it takes
4-6 seconds for Explore to open up, and when it does open up a green status
indication running across the path window just creeps along to the right
very slowly. Is this some sort of an indexing problem?

Same thing with Task Manager.

Internet browsing is ok speedwise, although when I run Brighthouse network's
Road Runner Speed test, the results are poor (3500 kbps downloading). If I
do this test on my Acer Desktop or laptop, the speed is over 9000 kbps).
Running Firefox (but it's chewing up about 150 MB of process space).

Other performance issues: Firefox takes almost 30 seconds to open. So does
opening MBAM. And even longer for SAS.

To be fair the only thing I haven't done so far is run a scan with MBAM or
SAS, because the laptop owner doesn't want to tie up the computer for those
stretches. Would running those scans turn up things that could be slowing
this computer?

Any suggestions would be great. Thank you in advance...............Paul C.
 

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Paul Calcagno

Thanks, Ken. I guess I'll bite the bullet and run MBAM and SAS
scans......Paul C.

"Ken Blake, MVP" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> On Sat, 8 May 2010 11:01:32 -0400, "Paul Calcagno"
> <[email protected]> wrote:
>

>> I've got a 6 year Compaq old laptop running Vista Basic, 1.5 GB of RAM,
>> most
>> WU's are current, MBAM, SAS, CA Security Suite with the FW shut off.
>> Windows
>> Firewall, Windows Defender.
>>
>> The system is very slow for file/program commands (Open, close,
>> shutdowns,
>> etc.). For instance, if I right click on Start and select `Explore' it
>> takes
>> 4-6 seconds for Explore to open up, and when it does open up a green
>> status
>> indication running across the path window just creeps along to the right
>> very slowly. Is this some sort of an indexing problem?
>>
>> Same thing with Task Manager.
>>
>> Internet browsing is ok speedwise, although when I run Brighthouse
>> network's
>> Road Runner Speed test, the results are poor (3500 kbps downloading). If
>> I
>> do this test on my Acer Desktop or laptop, the speed is over 9000 kbps).
>> Running Firefox (but it's chewing up about 150 MB of process space).
>>
>> Other performance issues: Firefox takes almost 30 seconds to open. So
>> does
>> opening MBAM. And even longer for SAS.
>>
>> To be fair the only thing I haven't done so far is run a scan with MBAM
>> or
>> SAS, because the laptop owner doesn't want to tie up the computer for
>> those
>> stretches. Would running those scans turn up things that could be slowing
>> this computer?
>
>
> No guarantees, of course, but yes, that would be likely.
>
> --
> Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
> Please Reply to the Newsgroup
 

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Ken Blake, MVP

On Sat, 8 May 2010 11:01:32 -0400, "Paul Calcagno"
<[email protected]> wrote:

> I've got a 6 year Compaq old laptop running Vista Basic, 1.5 GB of RAM, most
> WU's are current, MBAM, SAS, CA Security Suite with the FW shut off. Windows
> Firewall, Windows Defender.
>
> The system is very slow for file/program commands (Open, close, shutdowns,
> etc.). For instance, if I right click on Start and select `Explore' it takes
> 4-6 seconds for Explore to open up, and when it does open up a green status
> indication running across the path window just creeps along to the right
> very slowly. Is this some sort of an indexing problem?
>
> Same thing with Task Manager.
>
> Internet browsing is ok speedwise, although when I run Brighthouse network's
> Road Runner Speed test, the results are poor (3500 kbps downloading). If I
> do this test on my Acer Desktop or laptop, the speed is over 9000 kbps).
> Running Firefox (but it's chewing up about 150 MB of process space).
>
> Other performance issues: Firefox takes almost 30 seconds to open. So does
> opening MBAM. And even longer for SAS.
>
> To be fair the only thing I haven't done so far is run a scan with MBAM or
> SAS, because the laptop owner doesn't want to tie up the computer for those
> stretches. Would running those scans turn up things that could be slowing
> this computer?

No guarantees, of course, but yes, that would be likely.

--
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
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What I do when my computer gets slow:

1) msconfig - disable all startup and 3rd party services and exit without restart

2) Schedule a Disk Error Check with only the 1st box checked.

3) enter Safe Mode and use the cmd - run as administrator and type "defrag c:"
enter.

Open msconfig and click "normal startup" apply and restart.

Then do a disk cleanup and delete all but the most recent restore point, on the more options section.

NOTE: You might want to defragment in the cmd window (in Safe Mode) using the command "defrag c: -w" so that it defragments files that are bigger than 64 MB as well.
 

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    CPU
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    Motherboard
    Chipset - nVidia MCP61/nForce 430 GeForce 6150SE
    Memory
    R.A.M. - 3072 MB DDR2 PC2-5300 (333MHz)/667 = 2(1024 MB), 2(512 MB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX GeForce GT 240 {1GB DDR3, 550 MHz GPU, SM 4.1, dx 10.1}
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek HD Audio ALC888
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1706 LCD 17"
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 1024
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi 160 GB SATA, Partitioned into C: and D:
    Internet Speed
    Rogers Hi-Speed Express (10 MB/s download, 512 kb/s upload.
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Ken Blake, MVP

On Sat, 8 May 2010 14:12:46 -0400, "Paul Calcagno"
<[email protected]> wrote:

> Thanks, Ken. I guess I'll bite the bullet and run MBAM and SAS
> scans......Paul C.

You're welcome. Glad to help, and good luck.



> "Ken Blake, MVP" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]

> > On Sat, 8 May 2010 11:01:32 -0400, "Paul Calcagno"
> > <[email protected]> wrote:
> >

> >> I've got a 6 year Compaq old laptop running Vista Basic, 1.5 GB of RAM,
> >> most
> >> WU's are current, MBAM, SAS, CA Security Suite with the FW shut off.
> >> Windows
> >> Firewall, Windows Defender.
> >>
> >> The system is very slow for file/program commands (Open, close,
> >> shutdowns,
> >> etc.). For instance, if I right click on Start and select `Explore' it
> >> takes
> >> 4-6 seconds for Explore to open up, and when it does open up a green
> >> status
> >> indication running across the path window just creeps along to the right
> >> very slowly. Is this some sort of an indexing problem?
> >>
> >> Same thing with Task Manager.
> >>
> >> Internet browsing is ok speedwise, although when I run Brighthouse
> >> network's
> >> Road Runner Speed test, the results are poor (3500 kbps downloading). If
> >> I
> >> do this test on my Acer Desktop or laptop, the speed is over 9000 kbps).
> >> Running Firefox (but it's chewing up about 150 MB of process space).
> >>
> >> Other performance issues: Firefox takes almost 30 seconds to open. So
> >> does
> >> opening MBAM. And even longer for SAS.
> >>
> >> To be fair the only thing I haven't done so far is run a scan with MBAM
> >> or
> >> SAS, because the laptop owner doesn't want to tie up the computer for
> >> those
> >> stretches. Would running those scans turn up things that could be slowing
> >> this computer?
> >
> >
> > No guarantees, of course, but yes, that would be likely.
> >
> > --
> > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
> > Please Reply to the Newsgroup
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