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Friday, Oct. 17, 2008
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Troubleshooting a slow-as-molasses PC
My 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?
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.
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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EASE THE FINANCIAL STRAIN
In the past two weeks, my e-mail has taken a grim turn. Many of my listeners are hurting financially. What, they ask, can I do to make money on the Internet? This weekend, I'll address that on a special edition of the Kim Komando Show. The highlights will include:
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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.
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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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Monday's Tip, in your e-mail: Is your computer a zombie?
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