spider solitaire running slow under xp

Hewlett-packard / Hp compaq dc7100 sff(dx87...
January 27, 2011 at 05:11:51
Specs: Windows XP, 2.794 GHz / 1015 MB
used to deal quickly but last few days deals very jerky/slow. Nothing else seems to be affected. I did add microsofts security essentials recently and its scans are ok.

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#1
January 27, 2011 at 13:00:55
It may be a number of things. Since you do have some protection it may be enough but can't protect against everything.

I guess the best place to start may be to watch task manager processor tab when you try to run solitaire. It and the processes tab may offer a good starting place to look.

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#2
January 27, 2011 at 14:22:02
If programs are running slow, it may be because the computer's hard disk cannot access the data you want fast enough. In this case, you need to defragment the disk to speed the machine back up to working order:

Go to Start, then click Run. You can either:

1) Type in dfrg.msc and press Enter. Then click the Defrag button.
2) Or, you can type in cmd, press Enter, then type defrag C:.

Either of these will defrag the hard disk, and get your programs running satisfactorily. Hope this helps solve the slow solitaire problem. :)


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#3
January 27, 2011 at 14:30:42
Just to be on the safe side it might be worth downloading, installing, updating and running MalwareBytes freebie. It can often pick up things that AV's miss.

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#4
January 28, 2011 at 04:15:47
Hello
Many thanks - I have been looking at performance under the task manager and something uses on average 50% of cpu every say 20 to 30 seconds. I cant see what process is doing it though.
Trusteer Rapport is running but doesnt seem coincident with the grabs of cpu time.

Any thoughts on how to trace what process is doing it?

regards


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#5
January 28, 2011 at 04:19:59
Hell

Many thanks. I did do a disc clean up and defrag and unfortunately that didnt have any effect.

regards


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#6
January 28, 2011 at 04:25:30
Hello

Many thanks. I will install malwarebytes - I used to use AVG but on being invited to update to latest version towards the end of last year it caused problems and I had to download a program to uninstall it as its uninstaller wouldnt.

I have a feeling that something got in between running without AVG and starting mirosofts security essentials.

Unfortunately I dont have a backup to make a clean start

regards


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#7
January 28, 2011 at 06:37:09
The Process tab in task manager should give a clue what process is peaking.

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#8
February 3, 2011 at 01:16:57
Hello

Many thanks for everyones help - the problem seems to have eased. I disabled Java quick starter and that helped. I also installed malwarebyes (free version) and that found a couple of trogens.
So thanks again
regards

Dave


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#9
February 3, 2011 at 06:30:59
Yep that Java quick starter is a bit pointless, although I didn't notice any slowness due to it. Thx for popping back with the update - hope all goes well.

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