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Slow performance after fresh XP install

I recently formatted and installed XP pro (legit oem), updated the drivers from dell's site and am finding that it's running really slow. Slower than before I formatted and reinstalled. I checked the performance, PF usage is a little high but CPU usage is very low. Tons of space left on the hard drive, no need to defrag. When I attempt to close programs the page or app closes line by line on the screen (each horizontal line of the screen disappears in succession). Any tips on speeding up performance? This is really frustrating.

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  • canadian_jen Apr 17, 2009

    I should have added that this is for a D610 Laptop. Prefer not having to replace my CPU.

  • canadian_jen Apr 17, 2009

    Actually had already done that, changed it back to system recommended memory and it seems to have made things a little faster - although still not perfect. Will give the blackviper a try.



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There are many options you can choose to increase the performance of your machine.

You can increase your virtual memory settings. To do this follow these steps:

Press and hold the Windows Logo Key + press "pause break" key to access System Properties, note the amount of RAM it states before continuing, you will need it for a calculation. (xxxmb)

Select Advanced Tab > Under Performance click Settings > Click Advanced Tab > Under virtual memory click Change button >

Set the Minimum and Maximum to a number 1.5 times the physical amount of RAM that you have. (Providing you have less than 512mb. 2.5x for 1gb or greater.) Hit set, Hit apply.

Before restarting, you may want to consider reducing some of the Visual Effects of XP to gain some resources back.

Manually un-check the boxes listed on the Visual Effects tab that you encountered right before setting the virtual memory. You can also click "adjust for best performance" for an automatic trim.

Also, it is still considered a good idea to defragment the drive after the installation do to how the installer tends to throw out information in a rush. On a clean install I got almost a mb of resources back.

Also, you can tweak the services. Visit this site:
Using the SAFE settings you will get around 5mb of resources, and picking and choosing after that can amount to another 7.5mb

This will solve your issue.
Let us know if you have anything else.

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When the program closes and disappears line by line, it means that most likely that the driver for the video card is not installed.

if you go to device manager, and you look at the video card and it has an exclamation or question mark, then that is the problem. or even for video card it says "default video card" that too means it does not have the proper video card driver.

hope that helps. also try installing all chipset drivers available at dell's support page.

i do have a problem of myself to though if anyone can answer.
i buy a lot of dell computers, and when i re-install windows, its never as fast as before. it is fast, but not as responsive. i have done this on hundreds of dells. and this is only happening on the dual and quad cores. its kind of like xp cannot handle the fast cpu. so then i decided to install vista. the same thing with vista. there is something that dell does and does not let us know. and i believe it has to do with the hard drive controllers. because when i install a pci sata card, it seems to go faster. i dont know if thats the problem or not...HELP.

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Sounds like your cpu has been over clicked this is common when using the computer alot get a new cpu and u will find it will be faster again

or 2 you can try getting some thermal paste and cleaning the old thermal paste of the old cpu and putting new coast on they sound speed it up 30% to 50%

ebay sell thermal paste

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