Suddenly slow especially graphics

Toshiba / Satellite pro l10
April 16, 2009 at 16:09:05
Specs: Windows XP SP3, Celeron M 1.4 GHz 256Mb
The computer has ground to a halt. The screen refreshed in blocks which slowly wipe down as it loads. Window's drop down menus and windows appear blank then after a short while they load with the content. We think the slow down was about 2-3 weeks ago which may coinside with a windows up date.
The Physical Memory is listed as 240 Mb but the Free Memory is only 26%.
I have run Norton360, Adaware and Spybot. I have run MSCONFIG and reduced the 54 processes to 15. I have defragged. There is 28Gb free of free space on the hard disk. I have turned off the Java auto-update.
Any idea what could be eating up the Ram?
In desperation, Jules

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#1
April 16, 2009 at 22:25:10
Bikewizard, a couple of things come to mind, may/may not be your problem...worth trying. As you save a graphic a box appears (mine's upper left, yours?). That box contains another box 'clear list'. Mine got REAL slow until I checked that box. Seems it's a logfile and has to be cleaned periodically (I do mine monthly).
Another common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: http://www.ccleaner.com/) can get rid of it (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). Maybe?
HTH.
Ed in Texas.


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#2
April 16, 2009 at 22:52:54
you should restart the computer in Safe Mode (Restart the computer and press F8 and select Safe Mode).

If problem still same in Safe Mode than this is the problem with hardware and If windows is working fine in Safe Mode than it may be the problem with virus, spyware, application software and windows operating system.


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#3
April 17, 2009 at 04:53:51
Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
Computer Speed and Performance May Decrease

When you open, then close programs,
programs may not free up RAM memory.
That is called "Memory Leak".
Restarting computer will clear out its RAM memory.
OR
install more RAM memory. Like add 256MB more.


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#4
April 17, 2009 at 07:09:33
CCleaner is an excellent utility. However, if you don't want yahoo toolbar installed get CCleaner slim instead. Link below.

http://majorgeeks.com/download4191....


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#5
April 23, 2009 at 06:29:37
Thank you one and all. I will have time this weekend to impliment all your suggestions. I will reply with any results then. Someone at work suggested it might be the graphics driver. Is this a whole new can of worms and left alone?! Do I just download one from Toshiba and re-install?

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