Computer freezes!! please help

May 25, 2009 at 09:03:58
Specs: Windows Vista
Ive only had this computer for 5 months it was super fast and now its gotten really sluggish, crashes and freezes.
It also take over 10 minuites to boot up, i sit around waiting for it to just startup and then when i eventually get onto it within the first minuite or so the screen goes dead mouse doesnt move and then i have to restart it up again only to have to wait 10 mins again to get into the system!! argggg!! its so annoying
I think it could be to do with my hard drive, anyone agree?
My computers a Packard Bell with 512mb

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#1
May 25, 2009 at 22:49:10
I already had the following typed up before I realized which forum I was in. Your question has nothing to do with CPUs or overclocking. You should be asking in the Vista forum, possibly hardware. But I doubt this is a hardware problem. More than likely, it's just a matter of poor system management.

512MB isn't an awful lot of RAM these days, especially for Vista. But if it had been running OK, your system is most likely infected with malware/spyware, possibly virues and/or trojans. And if you're the type of person that runs a bunch of garbage programs AND allows them to load at startup, that would account for the 10 min boot time. Do you regularly clear out the accumulated internet garbage & temp files? Do you still have your IE history set to 20 days? How much disk space do you have set aside for IE temp files...more than 250MB?


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#2
May 26, 2009 at 03:26:13
Sorry sorry i wasnt sure where to put it
So its not hardware, thats good makes sense.
I have deleted alot of old files and things i dont use anymore and its made a slight difference, i can stay on the computer longer than 30 seconds but its slow at first and then its fine after 10 mins it speeds up.
Ive also unchcked some of the things that are running during startup but it still take a while to boot but not as long, so im guessing i should get rid of as much unused files as i can right?
Ive done a malware/spyware check, ive got AVG and it scanned my whole computer and said that everything was ok.
Also ive re-checked my Ram and its says
1.00 GB not 512mb i think i just assumed it had 512mb.

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#3
May 26, 2009 at 06:30:23
The only things you really need loading at startup are the antivirus & firewall. What you do NOT need are things like AIM, Yahoo, Google, QuickTime, RealPlayer, iTunes, WinAMP, Adobe, M$ Office, OpenOffice, cameras, scanners, printers, etc...all of these can be started on an as-needed basis, there's no reason for them to pre-load. And if you have an OEM system such as Dell, HP/Compaq, Gateway, etc, they usually have a bunch of bundled software that also loads at startup. As with the above, there's no reason for these programs to pre-load.

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#4
May 26, 2009 at 09:54:27
Ive unchecked the ones youve listed its much better than it was but im still having the boot up take a little longer than normal, thank you for you help!

*Edit- Its working fine now!!!


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