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Initial home page load Very Slow

December 22, 2005 at 08:47:35
Specs: windows 98se, amd k6 64MB Ram

I am getting very irritated with my computer! From the time I boot up my computer (witch takes about 5 whole minutes to load the little icons in the bottom bar, only mcafee and call wave,) and click on internet explorer to get on the internet the window takes about 30 seconds to open. Then I connect to the internet and my home page takes a hole 20 minutes to load befor it will free up my mouse pointer to where I can freely move and go elsewhere on the internet. After that Its just fine. Why does it take so long to process this initial home page download? I do regular maintinance to delete temp files and regular defrags and have all kinds of space on my hard drive. I only use my computer for internet surfing and do not have many programs on my computer. My system says that its optimized and running fine and my antivirus and antispy shows clean. I have also disabled the automatic microsoft updates because whenever that would run in the backround it would hang up my mouse pointer till it was finished. My computer is AMD K6 3D processor 64MB RAM. Could this be a memory problem? If so why does it work fine after the initial start up? Any ideas?

Hadachocolatelab


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#1
December 22, 2005 at 10:04:59

What do you have loading at start up ?? What is beside your clock?
Or do a Start/Run/and type in; msconfig
then go to start up tab and see what is using all your resorces
What Antivirus/Firewall programs are you running?
Also it wouldnt hurt to get another 64mb stick of ram


" You're only as safe as your last update "


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#2
December 22, 2005 at 10:13:42

Also what is the homepage you are opening?
www.???

" You're only as safe as your last update "


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#3
December 22, 2005 at 11:35:37

The home page that I am opening is yahoo. But I have also tried msn... I have always used McAfee antivirus.

From the start up misconfig file here is what is running at startup.....

taskbar display controls
scan registry / auto run
task monitor
system tray
load power frofile
vsochecktask (mcAfee
mcagent exe (mcAfee)
mcupdate exe (mcAfee)
mctskshld (mcAfee)
load power profile
kb891711 (windows system)
mcshld9x (mcAfee)
microsoft office startup

thanks

Hadachocolatelab


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#4
December 22, 2005 at 12:16:56

There are a couple of boring old standards that you could try, they sometimes help general problems:

Run IE Repair (double click Microsoft IE & Tools entry in Control Panel/Add-Remove to get the option).

Shut down and restart in MS-DOS mode then type scanreg /fix (hit Return). This rebuilds your registry.

The above are harmless but I've more faith in this being a background program running, as stated by others. You can "temporarily" untick anything in msconfig (although it's best to keep ScanRegistry in place). Two LoadPowerProfile entries are normal. This should help:
STARTUP ITEMS

Ctrl-Alt-Del can sometimes be informative too.

Could you list what anti-malware/virus products you are using please?

Here's a freebie Trojan finder/fixer that you may wish to try:
A2FREE - JUST DOWN PAGE

64M should be enough and this doesn't sound like a RAM problem - tho anything is possible.

DerekW


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#5
December 22, 2005 at 13:23:56

I have to differ with you there Derek. More RAM. 64MB for a 128MB total should do nicely. It's not that expensive if you're not going for "top of the line".

You can remove MS Office Startup. That's a drain on the system. The only other things are load power frofile (both entries). Next would be any screensavers etc. All these things chip away at the system. If you don't use it within ten or fifteen minutes of being on your system, get rid of it and load it manually when you need it.

The reason for (or one of) the long startup load is the system is allocating things based upon what you're running. Your swap file is adjusting. More RAM will help in this department.

It's a good day when you learn something


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#6
December 22, 2005 at 14:48:35

Dan

I was really relating this to the 5 mins bootup, IE taking 30s to open, and the home page taking 20 mins to arrive.

I never had anything of the sort with 64M of RAM. In fact, being a fairly light user in those days, I hardly noticed any change when I doubled it to 128M.

Sure, up to a point, more RAM is always a good thing but it depends more on your type of usage than anything else, including the number of background tasks running.

I feel sure there is some other reason for these crazy figures.

DerekW


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#7
December 22, 2005 at 15:14:14

Another thing to disable is Office Fast Find.

Even so, these figures sound way off. Seems like either the system is screwed up somehow or you have something very chunky hogging things.

DerekW


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#8
December 22, 2005 at 15:37:42

... a bit more. Dan's post reminded me of another long shot to check. Right click My Computer/Properties/Performance/Virtual Memory

The best setting for most folk is to "let Windows manage VM". If anyone has restricted the Max then this can be detrimental.

The huge delay before your home page is accessible makes me think IE Repair should be the first easy thing to try tho.

DerekW


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#9
December 23, 2005 at 05:39:50

Thanks Guys, It looks like my McAfee anti-virus and Microsoft office start up that was running in my startup tray was the culprit. I turned them off and now my computer boots right up and when I open my Internet Explorer it opens instantly. I connect and the home page now loads instantly too. Its like lightning !!! Im so inpressed, its better than a new computer. I will update my anti-virus myself from now on.
I agree with you Dan when you say "Its a good day when you learn something". Im thrilled!!!

Hadachocolatelab


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#10
December 23, 2005 at 08:35:38

Glad it worked out. The MS Office Startup is a real hog, and (as you found) removing it reaps instant rewards.

It's a good day when you learn something


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#11
December 23, 2005 at 13:56:30

Good news, thx for popping back.

DerekW


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