Question about E-Machines T4480 PC Desktop
I have a eMachine T4480 that we recently resurrected from a year long "sabbatical" after we got a Dell laptop. One of the reasons we bought the laptop was that the T4480 was acting very sluggish and would hang for a long time when opening programs or browser windows to the point where we could barely use it. The obvious concern was a virus or spyware but we were unable to find anything using various scanners and searches. Several weeks ago I pulled out the T4480 box and did a fresh install along with installation of Windows OneCare. I'm running XP Home SP2, Office 2007, Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird and several other programs (Dreamweaver Suite, Roxio Creator & Microsoft Picture It!) All windows updates are installed automatically and I have several printers that I can swap out as required depending on requirements ie laser, photo. I also have a couple of external HD's that I use for backup and storage. Any idea what is causing this problem and how to correct it?? I've thought of upgrading the RAM to the max 2gb but other than that I have no idea what to do>
There are some settings in XP that may help. A memory upgrade would be nice, but try running the defrag program on it first. Using the Windows Explorer, right-click on the C: drive and select Properties. The defragger is on the Tools tab. It will take a bit of time to run, but when finished can speed up your system quite a bit. Also, there's a button on the General tab for Disk Cleanup. You may want to avoid using it because it will compress some files, but it finds really old files that haven't been accesses in a long time and compresses them. It gives you a report. As far as perofrmance, you can right-click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop and select Properties. On the advanced tab, there is a Performance button. You can pick and choose the visual effects that you have turned on, but the more that's turned on, the slower it runs. This is more on the immediate response thing rather than making a program start up faster. On the Advanced tab, you can tell it to run programs or background services. Selecting programs will help. The Virtual memory can also improve performance of programs, but it will use hard drive space for that. If you click on Change, you can select which hard drive and how much space to use in most any combination. Another thing to check is the icons on the right side near the clock. These are programs that are running in memory all the time. If you aren't using a feature, or only use it occasionally, you can usually right-click on the icon and select options and tell it not to load during startup. You can usually exit the program, too.
Posted on Dec 26, 2008
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