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Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

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Troubleshooting a slow-as-molasses PC

QMy three-year-old computer is taking 20 to 30 minutes to boot. Also, the Task Manager takes several minutes to open. My computer has a Core Duo processor and runs Windows XP. I just upgraded from 2 to 4 gigabytes of RAM. That did not solve the problem. Defragmenting the drive and doing spyware and virus scans did not work. What can I do to get my computer back up to speed?
—Teresa in Saginaw, MI, listening on WSGW 790 AM

AThere could be many reasons for the slowdown. Troubleshooting the problem can be quite difficult.

Hardware problems generally cause a machine to stop altogether. But before we rule that out, there are a few things you should check.

Before you begin any troubleshooting, though, there are some preliminaries. Disconnect all peripherals that aren't essential. You should be left with a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

First, test your random access memory. Microsoft has a free program for this. You'll find a link to it on my site. Install the program and run it. It will notify you of any problems.

You can replace bad RAM easily. Online memory sellers offer installation instructions. Check Crucial or Kingston. Mushkin has a forum to answer questions.

Next, check your hard drive. It probably uses S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology). This can alert you to changes in the drive that could signal failure.

Generally, you would see S.M.A.R.T. warnings when you boot your machine. But, I would use software to check the sensors within the drive. Two good programs are HD Tune and HDD Health. Download them for free from my site!

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Video of the Day: Every little girl dreams of having the perfect wedding. This bride doesn't exactly get her wish. I'm still laughing.

Cool Site of the Day: Unfortunately, lots of people don't have health insurance. Today's site lists places that offer free or discounted care.

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Free Download of the Day: It's usually impossible to get your personal videos onto your iPhone. But I have a converter that will do the job.

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