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I bought a Dell Dimension 4400 a couple of months ago and it has been slow ever since I plugged it in.
specs:
1.6 GHz P4
128 MB DDR SDRAM ( 266 MHz )
84 meg graphic card
20 Gig Ultra ATA/100 hard drive ( guessing )
Windows XP home
anyone have any suggestions? I find that even simple tasks like starting IE, or Office takes several seconds before loading it up
I intended this to be a performance happy machine, but my old Compaq with an AMD K6-2 380MHz processor, 128 MB of 100 MHz SDRAM runs faster???
Anyone else have this experience with Windows XP or with a Dell?
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I may have seen something similar on my new Sony laptop. It seems as though XP sometimes gets lost for a while when it's supposed to be starting up, and Task Manager will show "System" taking 97% of CPU time to smoke crack or something. :roll: But this passes after a few minutes at most, and no problems after that. I usually go to standby rather than "off" because of this, and skip the frustrating reboot process entirely - works like a charm. If you're seeing ongoing performance problems well after startup, no, you've got something else entirely.
 
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I had a similar problem when I bought a Windows 2000 machine a while back. It sound to me like your disk drive is running in very-slow legacy interface mode. To simply verify if this is the case, go get the free VirtualDub software. Not only is it a neat little video editing and standards-conversion program, but it comes with a great disk-speed measurement tool. Compare your two machines and see what you get.
If that's the problem, go through the device manager and BIOS settings very carefully, especially the disk drive settings look for things like "PIO", "MODE 3" or a grayed-out "Use DMA" checkbox. If so, then you may need to update your drivers. I did and it more than tripled the disk speed!
[ July 03, 2002: Message edited by: Frank Carver ]
 
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thanks for your suggestions, I'll try them out when I get a chance. I haven't been able to spend much time on it lately, but I'll definitely update all my drivers then use some of your trouble shooting ideas. By the way, the problem isn't just at bootup, it remains from the time you turn it on, to the time you shut it down.
After that, I'm calling Dell and letting them deal with it! ( that's why I got the Premier Support package! ).
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I have old m/c bought in 1998 packard bell system with 233 MHZ speed and 48 MB RAM. This system is extremly slow. Also its keep on accessing hard drive and makes noise while accessing hard drive. We don't use it much and posponding to buy a new one as we have a laptop. But I want to make it faster so that I can use it comfortably for MS-Office and Internet.
Any suggestion will be appreciated.
[ July 04, 2002: Message edited by: swati gupta ]
 
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i have a 133Mhz. adding a ultra ATA/66 controller and HD a couple years ago seemed to help a great deal.
 
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How much it cost? Is it worth the cost(labour +Controlller and HD cost). As we saw some towers on Internet for 699 with quite good features.
 
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Tips to Boost Your PC
Virtual Memory :- If You have surplus of RAM >512 MB you can disable the swap file thereby boosting the system performance. To do this goto Control Panel -> system click on the performance tab and select virtual memory click disable virtual memory

Disable Vertical Sync : If you enable this option Your games will normally run faster as the screen is redrawn irrespective of the monitors refresh rate goto display settingsm -> settings -> advance look out for OpenGL or Direct 3D (if available) turn of vertical sync.
Flash Your BIOS Upgrade your BIOs to latest version: goto manufacturer site and download BIOS flashing utility and a copy of latest BIOS version specific to your PC. After downloadig make a boot disk and extract the file on to it
Reducing Boot Time :- Enter to BIOS setting goto advance BIOS options ensure quick POST (power on self test is enabled ), disable floppy drive seek during boot up , set up your first boot device as your HDD
Air Flow Maximize the air flow to warm components within your PC it will also result in increased performance
Cool Water visit www.benchtest.com/rain.html to download rain cooling utility this utility helps to cool down your CPU during periods of inactivity this works for all X86, AMD and VIA
 
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Swati,
the configuration characteristics does not impress me for new 2002 PC. Might be I am not an expert in this...

Originally posted by Sameer Jamal:
Flash Your BIOS Upgrade your BIOs to latest version: goto manufacturer site and download BIOS flashing utility and a copy of latest BIOS version specific to your PC. After downloadig make a boot disk and extract the file on to it


Sounds to me as something terribly dangerous, doesn't it. Does "boot disk" mean "diskette"? ... and then booting from it?
 
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Swati, the configuration characteristics does not impress me for new 2002 PC.
Which makes sense, as Swati's post was about a 1998 PC.
Sounds to me as something terribly dangerous, doesn't it. Does "boot disk" mean "diskette"? ... and then booting from it?
Yes.
 
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Thanks Jim for diskette,
...but the post was from 2002. I thought it is time to throw away 1998 PCs, but not aquiring
 
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Well I solved the problem. I re-installed Windows XP ( fresh install with NO pre-installed software ) and upped the memory to 384MB ( was at 128 ). She runs like the wind.
Basically, I gave up, spent some cash, spent some time reinstalling only necessary software and voila!
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