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1 5th June 07:10
charles c. drew
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Default How Can I End Sluggishness in WindowsXP Pro?


Also, consider moving away from Norton Speedisk. Symantec is not keeping
speedisk updated to the newer OS' (W2k or XP). Diskeeper or PerfectDisk are
far better than Speedisk on W2K or XP.

I was devoted to Speedisk until I upgraded from Windows 9.x to XP on an AMD
K6-3 450Mhz machine with 256Mb ram and nearly full 13Gb (10% free space) and
10Gb (17% free space) set of hard drives. Speedisk would run for hours all
night and never improve disk performance.

I first tried PerfectDisk which noticeably improved performance. I ended up
buying Diskeeper because it also used much less CPU and performed its defrag
work faster than Speedisk or PerfectDisk, and with the scheduled monitoring
and defragging features in Diskeeper, my machines now never slow down due to
disk performance.


| Thanks Quasoar!
|
| I had already found the place to adjust the virtual memory size and that
| helped a lot. I Shall, indeed, check out the other solutions you
suggested
| and I will indeed remove & reseat the SDRAM in that computer. That had
not
| occurred to me as a possible cause of the lockups, though it should have.
| Thanks for the heads-up on that, too.
|
| I sincerely appreciate your help.
| --
| With kindest regards,
|
| **** Smith | ****@Dallas.net | |
| "Quaoar" <jwglasspeAT@attbiDOT.com> wrote in message | news:eYOaRHkRDHA.2228@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
| > AA Smith wrote:
| > > A couple of my 6 computers all of which are running WindowsXP Pro SP1
| > > run very sluggishly regardless of the fact that I've run disk cleanup
| > > and used Norton Speed Disk to defrag & move most file to lower disk.
| > > The rest of my computers perform rather well. All have substantial
| > > amounts of disk available on their hard drives. All have Intel III
| > > 450MHz processors and at least 256mb SDRAM. The online connection
| > > for all computers on this LAN is through an ADSL router. The two
| > > that I have trouble with are particularly slow loading Internet
| > > Explorer and other application programs. One of those two computers
| > > just locks up every once in a while for no reason that I've been able
| > > to determine. Do I need to increase the swap page size? If so, how
| > > might I do that in WinXP. I am, of course, open to any and all other
| > > suggestions.
| > >
| > > I shall greatly appreciate your help on this.
| >
| > IMO, the processor is marginal for XP, and 256MB RAM is marginally
| > adequate for any CPU. Memory will certainly help. 512MB RAM is the
| > so-called "sweet spot" for XP. The defrag and disk cleanup are very
| > good tools, but cannot substitute for a faster CPU. Look at Device
| > Manager in each computer and ascertain that there are no problem
| > devices. For each IDE channel, ascertain that DMA is enabled on each
| > and in BIOS setup. What HD Transfer Mode is selected, and what is the
| > current transfer mode? It is desireable, but perhaps not possible, to
| > have DMA enabled for these older computers on XP.
| >
| > Also, if the machines are using any of the graphics features in the
| > desktop properties, disable them. No desktop background; graphic, blank
| > or Windows default, or no screen saver, disable the Themes service. No
| > window or menu animations, or any other enhancements like font
| > smoothing. These will chew up the CPU. Start/Run/msconfig/startup tab
| > and disable anything not absolutely necessary. All of these will
| > improve performance incrementally, and taken together, will make the
| > computers more responsive. If you don't know what the startup apps are,
| > refer to this site:
| > http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.htm#Select
| >
| > Locking up is an indication of a hardware problem. Given the age of the
| > computers, make certain that the cooling fans are running, remove and
| > reseat the RAM, and that there are no hardware problems in Device
| > Manager. Open a command prompt and run chkdsk on each drive. You set
| > the Virtual memory from Start/Control Panel/System/Advanced
| > Tab/Performance Settings button/Advanced Tab. You should probably use
| > the default settings. BTW, the Visual Effects tab has the Adjust for
| > best performance toggle to remove most visual effects.
| >
| > Q
| >
| >
|
|
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2 5th June 07:10
charles c. drew
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Default How Can I End Sluggishness in WindowsXP Pro?


Also, consider moving away from Norton Speedisk. Symantec is not keeping
speedisk updated to the newer OS' (W2k or XP). Diskeeper or PerfectDisk are
far better than Speedisk on W2K or XP.

I was devoted to Speedisk until I upgraded from Windows 9.x to XP on an AMD
K6-3 450Mhz machine with 256Mb ram and nearly full 13Gb (10% free space) and
10Gb (17% free space) set of hard drives. Speedisk would run for hours all
night and never improve disk performance.

I first tried PerfectDisk which noticeably improved performance. I ended up
buying Diskeeper because it also used much less CPU and performed its defrag
work faster than Speedisk or PerfectDisk, and with the scheduled monitoring
and defragging features in Diskeeper, my machines now never slow down due to
disk performance.


| Thanks Quasoar!
|
| I had already found the place to adjust the virtual memory size and that
| helped a lot. I Shall, indeed, check out the other solutions you
suggested
| and I will indeed remove & reseat the SDRAM in that computer. That had
not
| occurred to me as a possible cause of the lockups, though it should have.
| Thanks for the heads-up on that, too.
|
| I sincerely appreciate your help.
| --
| With kindest regards,
|
| **** Smith | ****@Dallas.net | |
| "Quaoar" <jwglasspeAT@attbiDOT.com> wrote in message | news:eYOaRHkRDHA.2228@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
| > AA Smith wrote:
| > > A couple of my 6 computers all of which are running WindowsXP Pro SP1
| > > run very sluggishly regardless of the fact that I've run disk cleanup
| > > and used Norton Speed Disk to defrag & move most file to lower disk.
| > > The rest of my computers perform rather well. All have substantial
| > > amounts of disk available on their hard drives. All have Intel III
| > > 450MHz processors and at least 256mb SDRAM. The online connection
| > > for all computers on this LAN is through an ADSL router. The two
| > > that I have trouble with are particularly slow loading Internet
| > > Explorer and other application programs. One of those two computers
| > > just locks up every once in a while for no reason that I've been able
| > > to determine. Do I need to increase the swap page size? If so, how
| > > might I do that in WinXP. I am, of course, open to any and all other
| > > suggestions.
| > >
| > > I shall greatly appreciate your help on this.
| >
| > IMO, the processor is marginal for XP, and 256MB RAM is marginally
| > adequate for any CPU. Memory will certainly help. 512MB RAM is the
| > so-called "sweet spot" for XP. The defrag and disk cleanup are very
| > good tools, but cannot substitute for a faster CPU. Look at Device
| > Manager in each computer and ascertain that there are no problem
| > devices. For each IDE channel, ascertain that DMA is enabled on each
| > and in BIOS setup. What HD Transfer Mode is selected, and what is the
| > current transfer mode? It is desireable, but perhaps not possible, to
| > have DMA enabled for these older computers on XP.
| >
| > Also, if the machines are using any of the graphics features in the
| > desktop properties, disable them. No desktop background; graphic, blank
| > or Windows default, or no screen saver, disable the Themes service. No
| > window or menu animations, or any other enhancements like font
| > smoothing. These will chew up the CPU. Start/Run/msconfig/startup tab
| > and disable anything not absolutely necessary. All of these will
| > improve performance incrementally, and taken together, will make the
| > computers more responsive. If you don't know what the startup apps are,
| > refer to this site:
| > http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.htm#Select
| >
| > Locking up is an indication of a hardware problem. Given the age of the
| > computers, make certain that the cooling fans are running, remove and
| > reseat the RAM, and that there are no hardware problems in Device
| > Manager. Open a command prompt and run chkdsk on each drive. You set
| > the Virtual memory from Start/Control Panel/System/Advanced
| > Tab/Performance Settings button/Advanced Tab. You should probably use
| > the default settings. BTW, the Visual Effects tab has the Adjust for
| > best performance toggle to remove most visual effects.
| >
| > Q
| >
| >
|
|
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