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I just set up a dell gx260 and is runing slow

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    Douglessd May 11, 2010

    Hi There, If you have just set up this machine then Auto Update can play havoc with your performance for the first few hours. Give it a bit of time to settle down. Generally speaking there are 3 things to look at when a computer is running slow. Available RAM, Disk Input Output, and CPU usage. Normally one will be the bottle neck when your computer is slow. (Don't forget even when it is fast something is still the bottle neck) Open up task manager by right clicking on a blank bit of the task bar at the bottom of your screen. The Task manager varies slightly depending on what OS you are running? The description basically refers to XP and Win2k, Vista is slightly different but you should be able to dig around and find the matching information. If the CPU is constantly above say 80% have a look a the list of processes and sort them in order of usage by clicking on the CPU column. Then Google the process executable name to see what it is if you can't recognize it. It is a real bummer if it is just called svchost. You will need some more complex tools to diagnose that. On the other hand if your Available Ram is low, again change to the list of processes and see what is using the majority of it. If your disk light on the front of your pc is going crazy then you will need to add a column or two to your task manager to figure out which process is using all your disk i/o. With the processes tab selected choose the view drop down menu and then select columns. Have a look at the I/O reads and the I/O writes columns. If you can't figure out your problem from here post the results of your observations. That will give us a lot more to go on :)



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Start Accessories System Tools Defrag, also, try right click my computer properties advanced performance ajust for best performance, then go to advanced tab and increase memory click set apply ok then do disk cleanup, and try a full system scan for viruses with you anti-virus software, then go to search and type adware find, delete, go to task manager, click processes look for adware in the name and end process untill you find and delete it

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