Low CPU laptop usage, but extremely slow

December 1, 2009 at 20:06:15
Specs: Windows XP
My laptop has been running oddly slow lately when starting up. It will usually take 5-6 minutes just to normally load. Ive scanned for viruses but nothing was found. Is there way to speed up the laptop on startup?

THX 4Ever

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December 1, 2009 at 22:43:33
4ever, there can be a number of reasons for slowness. Probably the most common is lack of sufficient memory. That can have several causes. Could it be your firewall? Some are overzealous. First thing I'd look at after that is actual installed memory. Essentially, there's no such thing as 'too much', the more the merrier. Anything less than ~500MB and you probably need more. There's not an iron clad rule.
Next is some sort of nasty. I'd run a scan capable of finding/fixing a worm/trojan as well as a virus.
Next is trying to start too many things. Software writers seem to think there's no possible way we could get along without their latest and put it in the startup menu when simply having it in 'programs' would do. Can you pare it?
Next is a file called 'index.dat'. A 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 when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. There're others, but these are the most common I've run into.
Ed in Texas.

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December 5, 2009 at 20:20:48
I would also say it's a memory problem. The long start up time might suggest you can too many programs loading in your startup configuration. May help to limit them to the essentials:

1. Open your Start menu.
2. Click Run
3. In the command screen type "msconfig.exe"
4. In the "system configuration utility",click either "service" or "startup" tab
5. Uncheck all programs that your are no longer using.
6. Click "OK"

You might want to check your memory to make sure it working correctly. Hope this helps:


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December 9, 2009 at 20:13:30
thx guys ccleaner seemed to work, had a lot of junk in my temp folder and temperoray internet files clogging it up. Also removed a few slow startup items, works faster than it has in months!!

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