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How to speed up your computer using a disk defragmenter

Computers slow down after a while. Most of the time they can be revived by following some simple maintenance procedures.

One of the biggest culprits to a slow computer is a fragmented file system. As files are written and overwritten constantly, parts of files get written to different parts of your hard drive. In order for the computer to read these file, it has to jump all over the hard drive which slows your computer down. In order to fix this, it is recommended that you maintain at least a minimum of 10% free space on your hard drives. Then at least once per month, run a disk defragmenting program such as the built-in one that comes with Windows, or a 3rd party program such as Jeroen Kessel's MyDefrag.

Download the latest version from the Downloads page (currently v4.3.1), run the install program and leave the default components checked, but make sure to check the box for the Screensaver program under Additional Tasks if you want your computer to defragment your harddrive while your computer is on and idle (when you are not using it). This is my favorite option and saves you from running a full defragment every month. If you select this option, the screen saver selection dialog opens up and you need to select the Defrag screensaver and click OK.

If you do not use the screensaver option, Run MyDefrag from your Start/Programs menu. Select the option for System Disk Monthly then click drive C and click Run. You can continue to do other tasks while it is running.

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Your better, less expensive option would be to download something like CCleaner and use that, followed by defragmenting your harddrive. Or if you really want to speed things up, get a solid state harddrive and reinstall the OS, making sure to only install the programs that you need.

Nov 21, 2016 | Computers & Internet

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If your laptop is running slow and applications are taking a long time to load here are some tips that may help you solve your problem. Laptop computers are not much different than desktop PCs. They both require maintenance to keep them preforming the way they should. First of all of if this is a recent problem that started after you?ve installed or uninstalled a program. Use your restore feature and go back to a previous state when you know your computer ran good. You will also want to update your antivirus software and run a full scan, the same with your spyware software. Be sure to update the definitions on each program before you run your scans. You want to make sure your computer is free from any viruses or spyware as these will really slow your laptop down. Unless you have a hardware problem like not enough memory or your hard drive is going bad.The biggest reason for laptops running slow is because of a corrupt registry. Especially if you are running Windows Vista. You may have found a lot of incompatible programs or software, and had to uninstall them. They leave behind invalid registry keys and orphaned entries. You need to clean these out. Your Windows registry is like a large database, all your software has to reference it when it loads to check for the correct settings. The same as when your computer starts up or shuts down. Your registry is a heart of your system. Any corrupt or damaged, registry entries will really slow down your operations. Cleaning and maintaining your Windows registry is very important. It?s sort of like giving your computer a tuneup. Windows does not have a tool built in for you to do this with. So you?ll need to download a third-party software program for registry repair and cleaning. You can edit and repair your registry manually, but it?s not recommended. Even experienced computer technicians have a hard time doing this. They all use software. Besides a few delete or alter the wrong file your computer may become unusable. Software that is made for registry repair is much safer and efficient. With a click of your mouse you can scan your entire computer in a couple of minutes. You can also make a backup and restore point before you make any changes just to be safe. Depending on how much you use your laptop. You should preform weekly registry maintenance, of course, this applies to any other computer you own to. If you follow the tips above your laptop should not be running slow anymore. The only other thing I can think of is if you upgraded your operating system to a newer version of Windows like Vista you may not have enough memory now. Memory upgrades have really come down in price lately, and are fairly easy to replace in a laptop.

Jul 02, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Compaq Presario 3000 incredibly slow firing up, opening up anything. Loud fan all the time too


This advice relates to the Compaq Presario 3000 Notebook series but may also apply to other notebook computers as well.

The heat sink and fan assembly is probably clogged with dust and airborne particles. The clogged cooling parts can lead to heat problems with the CPU. When the system (CPU) gets to hot, the fan has to kick into high gear to try to cool things down. Once you remove dust and debre from the heat sink fins and fan, you will immediately experience better cooling and less fan usage. Your system may also be set for dynamic switching of CPU speed. If you CPU gets too hot, the system will reduce clock speed and ramp up fan and everything will slow way down. Use a good system monitoring software such as Notebook Hardware Control to monitor your CPU temperature, HDD temp and so forth. When the system starts getting too hot, first look at clogged heat sink fins as possible culprit. If you're good at electronics you may be able to service the unit yourself. Get a copy of the system's Maintenance and Service Manual or have a professional do the job for you as you will have to partially disassemble the computer to clean out the heat sink. Depending on the system, the job can take as little as 15-20 minutes once you become proficient at it.

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Problem in scanned images uploading


If you have 50 units of computer working the same time such as uploading big files, the problem for the rest among your 7 computers that work fast is between the hub connectors on the network system. You can check this connectors by replacing those slow ones to that faster computers.
Then if your faster computers slow down and the replaced connectors from slow working bacomes fast then the problem is in your hub distribution connectors.
If you had trace to that problem, then replace the whole unit of hub connectors.

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