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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Koko Puff, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. Koko Puff

    Koko Puff IncGamers Member

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    To all you smart computer people

    My computer is acting up and lately it has been slower and the fan has been making more noise.

    What is happening and how do I fix it?
     
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    Fallen_62 IncGamers Member

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    truthfully, i need more information... 1. how old is it? 2. have u downloaded programs b4 ur comp started getting slow... 3. what are the specs (ram, hd, cpu, etc) 4... uh... 4... yea... hmmm... well, work on 1-3 first, and i will think of a 4..
     
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    Koko Puff IncGamers Member

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    It's like 2 or 3 years old I think.

    I have some programs here or their that I don't use but not alot. Should I uninstall those? I've had those programs a few months before it started to act up.

    And umm... 15.50 GB's 49% unused. 128 MB RAM. Pentium 3 ... that's all I know sorry :(
     
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    It could be lots of spyware. Do you ever use any programs to delete spyware from your computer? If you go to download.com and search for Ad-aware, that's a great program for removing spyware. I use it every 2 weeks or so. Even if that doesn't solve your problem, it's still a good idea to use.
     
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    Koko Puff IncGamers Member

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    I run ad-aware everyday - so no spyware. Thanks for the suggestion though!
     
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    Have you cleaned the back of your case lately? Heavy dust can make the fan run more to keep the CPU cool, and if its heating up, it can run slower.
     
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    Spybot works pretty good as well. If you have the money, I would suggest getting more RAM.
     
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    what os do u have? if it is an older one, 128 should be fine... but if u have XP, 128 is nowhere near enough... it takes 120 mb just to float... so yea... what os u have?
     
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    What does your ad-aware tell you about the files it is using. It could be that your reference files are too old to recognize the new spyware.

    here you can get the official updates
    www.lavasoft.nu
    and go to downloads under the support category
     
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    While some of it could be software problems, don't forget that hardware gets dirty. I would suggest powering off and unplugging the box. Get yourself some compressed air and blow off the inside of the case, mobo and so on. Then blow out the power supply. You might want to do this in a ventilated area and ALOT of dust can be kicked out.

    Preventive maintenance does actually solve some computer issues. They tend to run better when they're not inundated with dirt, dust and debris.
     
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    Run AdAware,
    Defrag the disk,

    If you have w98...

    click start-run, type msconfig then hit enter. The last tab will list all the programs that run when windows starts. The only one you really need is SystemTray.

    If you have xp goto the task manager and see if anything is eating up your cpu or disk. w98 doesn't have such a beast but you can dload a utility like process explorer.

    Good luck!
     

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