My Pc gets pathetically slow in 15-20 minutes from its start.

India
August 29, 2006 2:27pm CST
I have a P-IV 1.5 Ghz, 128 MB Ram configured PC. The OS installed is XP Pro. It starts of fine and with good speed but with gradual passage of time it looses its speed, i.e. ouse pointer sticks many a times in between in moving from one point on the monitor to another, the letters typed do not show up instantaneously but only after some time and many such problems. I have tried increasing the virtual memory space in all drives but that does not help. I really solicit your assistance. Please do if you have the solution to the problem.
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17 responses
@abrcet (563)
• India
25 Sep 06
throw it..... waste bins r waiting 4 that ....then buy a new pc ......that the only think u can do 4 nw....
@gimil007 (389)
• India
25 Sep 06
man get it formatted soon...its the best way to get rid of that lag
@inspiron (479)
• India
24 Sep 06
i think 128 ram is too low for a decent performance with xp i sugget u try out these 1.switch to classic view from windows xp theme 2.uninstall any windows them modifier 3.disable unwanted startup programs and services if any 4.lastly u can increase ram, ui think 512mb will be more than enough
@inspiron (479)
• India
24 Sep 06
its difficult with this config i think,because i think 128 ram is too low to provide a decent speed with xp. i am not sure if this will do but u can try these 1.disable any themes and switch to windows classic theme 2.reduce the no. of startup items 3.disable unwanted services 4.in task manager see if ur explorer is using too much of memory or cpu then there maybe some viruses check them out
• India
24 Sep 06
i thik prob is wit ur ram !!
• India
24 Sep 06
first of all,your computer spec is a lil old for da current trend..i would suggest you to upgrade..meanwhile, use a software called 'c cleaner'..it deletes all your temperory cache..also use softwares to regularly check your computer for spywares and adwares..
@amiksinha (1961)
• India
24 Sep 06
call pc expert and change the ram
@babray06 (1787)
• India
24 Sep 06
From the details you have written here, it seems that some automated process starts when you work. It may be some virus scanning going on which is scheduled, but that will not be for long. May be 15-30min. depending the disk space your files have taken. If it is continuing for long I think winodws is downloading it's updates from it's server. Try making windows update off. Finally you can also try switching off the net connection for some time and test. My feeling is it is because of the updates of your software. Most probably windows is updating automatically.
• India
24 Sep 06
do the defragmentation process
• United States
22 Sep 06
A system can run XP PRO ok on this ram, but will be slow as it adds more things in memory. Install more RAM can help alot. Also you may have other problems, spyware, virus, etc. You will need to scan 4 these things. Search for software called Advanced Windows Care by IOBIT, it will fix alot of problems. It is a free download at this time.
@nextgen (1888)
• India
22 Sep 06
yes u r right because u r using Xp which uses most of your RAM.. its only 128MB. I had 256 MB but still it was giving me a problem . so i upgraded it to 512 MB ram.. and from that time it has become very fast. So i will advise you to buy one RAM of 512 MB,,,
@y2ksuprio (855)
• India
22 Sep 06
the same problem i have faced 4 monthes ago.in my case the problem was my harddisk had some bad sectors in it.u can try to reformat & repartition the harddisk some time it helps but if it did not hlp then go for a new HDD.in this problem in most cases the problem is started by bad sector or some error on the HDD
@StarBright (2799)
• United States
22 Sep 06
Increase your RAM, Hon, and your troubles will go away. It's a wonder you can do anything.
@makatron (503)
• Dominican Republic
22 Sep 06
IMHO when a computer takes too much to start that means when the OS is loading and charging all the drivers find something that isnt working properlly, so it keeps trying to load the proper drivers for that hardware that is failing and that makes the loop where you computer takes loads of time just trying until decides to stop trying and moving forward but that also means that hardware is connected and recognized by windows but does not have a driver that match with its specifications, which means that might be making your computer running slower than usual how to solve the problem: remove any new hardware from your computer, like sound cards or anything that you have added lately try disconnecting a second hard drive (if present) but also listen carefully when the computer starts because if your hard drive is the problem sometimes you can hear an unusual sound BEFORE YOU DO ANYHING IM GOING TO SUGGEST YOU NEED TO UNPLUG THE POWER CORD FROM YOUR COMPUTER AND ENSURE YOURSELF THAT IS ACTUALLY UNPOWERED OR YOU MIGHT DAMAGE EVEN MORE YOUR PC if possible unplug your main hard drive (be gentle!!) and test it as slave hard drive in another computer just to make sure thats not the problem, also run an antivirus and antispyware if possible while using your drive as slave because that might help, defragment your disk too check if all the fan coolers are running and try to take the dust out of them, but be careful!! windows xp was made to run with at least 128mb of ram, so that means your standing right in the edge of that, but doesnt mean that makes your computer run so slow these days since is windows xp, you can also do a System Restore to an early date configuration in case all what i said above does not solve your problem finally, think about what you have done before the computer started acting crazy, and try to reverse as much as you can hope that helps you, and helps me to get the best answer too lol
@kstanley7 (1172)
21 Sep 06
use msconfig to see if there is a load of programs at startup, if not, then I would reformat after backing up essential data :)
@Snooze (610)
• United States
29 Aug 06
That kinda RAM is like having a lawnmower motor in a race car. XP needs 512, if not 1 gb of RAM. You gotta go RAM it up. Seriously.
@Ben101 (120)
• United States
29 Aug 06
there might be alot of programs starting up when you turn it on try going to the Start menu and open up the thing that says Run and type msconfig and go to the tab that says start up it tells all the programs that your computer starts up at the beaging