System running VERY slow

Dell / INSPIRON 1420
June 4, 2009 at 20:09:11
Specs: Windows Vista, 1.5Ghz Core2Duo/1GB RAM
Exactly the same problem as listed here:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
vista/very-high-physical-memory-
usage/1055.html

The computer is very laggy. After I right click
on desktop, the loading cursor pops up and
takes forever to load the menu. This is just one
of the symptoms. I press the start button and I
move my mouse cursor around, and the
entries in the start menu highlight as I move
my mouse over them, then all of a sudden it
stops highlighting over where my mouse
cursor is and my mouse cursor icon turns into
the loading cursor, as if explorer stopped
responding. After an hour or so, it might
continue, but I always reboot after about 10
minutes of being unable to do anything.

In safemode, everything runs fine. I've tried
disabling windows search from safemode. I've
tried different virtual memory settings. It's at
the default of letting the system manage it. I've
tried running it with no paging file. Same thing
happens. In safemode, I ran AVG scan, I also
downloaded spybot search and destroy in
safemode and ran that as well, but it still
restarts in regular normal with the same issue.

Next up, I'm going to try and reinstall a copy of
vista over the existing one, but Im hoping it
doesn't go to that, because I'm afraid that will
screw up all the registry, program locations,
etc.

Also, the one time I was able to get into
taskmanager, the memory usage was
absurdly high. The system has 1 gig of
memory, and about 800 megs was used, and
this was right after the computer started up
with only the normal programs running. These
programs are the normal apps that comes with
a dell, maybe some sound drivers, AVG, PC-
Cillin, and now theres spybot. I went into
msconfig and disabled everything, restarted
and the same thing happens. I did not see any
strange processes that I wasn't sure about in
the process list. I would list the exact
processes that are running, but I can't get into
taskmanager anymore.

I also did a vista memory diagnostic by
pressing F12 after I restarted before going into
windows, and no errors.


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#1
June 5, 2009 at 10:21:51
In task manager, click on the memory column under the Processes tab to sort from lowest to highest. What processes is taking up all the memory?

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#2
June 5, 2009 at 19:18:12
I fixed the problem by disabling system restore and indexing service. Then downloaded sp1 and sp2. The system is still really slow. Vista supposedly allocates as much memory as possible and it only had 1 gig and 75% was used so I guess that's normal.

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#3
June 6, 2009 at 07:29:06
"1 gig and 75% was used so I guess that's normal. "
I don't think so.
I have a Athlon XP 2000(no where near as good as your duo core), & 1 gig, running windows 7, and it does better than yours.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Malwareby...

http://www.majorgeeks.com/CCleaner_...


report back, how much ccleaner deletes. Last time I ran it on a vista system, it deleted 2 gigs, a new record for me.


larry


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#4
June 6, 2009 at 07:36:25
I was helping a friend fix his laptop, and I gave it back to him
already. But I ran ccleaner on my computer and it cleared out 8
gigs :)

Thanks for the awesome program

Oh and about your win7 taking a lot less resources as vista, I think thats normal as well. I don't think its malware on the system because I looked in taskmanager and resource monitor, and the reason why it was so slow is because it kept trying to write to the page file, meaning it didn't have enough memory. After disabling system restore and indexing services, it was almost normal, so I just assumed its low on RAM.


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#5
June 6, 2009 at 09:24:28
8 gigs, holy cow!

larry


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