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by , 19th January 2011 at 03:41 PM (407 Views)
Normally, I don't need to ask for help with computer problems, but I don't know what to do this time.


It's been running fine for a long time, but it's been annoying lately.

Most of the time, when I lock it, the login screen is very slow. It takes... at least 15 seconds for the password to show up after I type it, and it freezes for a while after I log back in.

Also, disabling "Aero" (that glass effect) causes the computer to be nearly unusable.

Everything runs extremely slow, and it takes a few minutes just to turn it back on.

It was running fine until a few months ago.

Note: The CD/DVD drive can only read CDs.
I don't have anywhere to back up my files.
The problem can randomly go away - has nothing to do with what I have open.
There are no viruses, spyware, or any form of malware on the computer.

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  1. Kayi-chan's Avatar
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    How many programs are you running at a time?

    This is not a question of how many programs you're running as a user, but as a computer turned on.

    If there are a lot of programs or processes on start up, it will slow turning it on and restarting it, possibly also locking. There could also be many programs post-start up, that don't show up as windows or anything you can simply close.

    ...if you have an administrator account in that computer, begin turning off processes at the "Services" Windows tool.
  2. Nekusagi's Avatar
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    You might need new RAM.

    It's curious that disabling Aero messes up the computer, that's usually the first thing I do when my computer needs a bit more speed.

    I'd check the OS. This reminds me of how Giovanni behaved before he crashed back in September, and according to the BSoD that I saw shortly before the crash, it was a kernel error. You might be able to back up the files and reinstall the OS before it happens to you.
  3. double trouble!'s Avatar
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    What I meant by "turn on" was turning Aero back on. @Kayi-chan
    I really don't want to waste more money on this computer...
    It's 6 years old.
  4. Kayi-chan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by double trouble!
    What I meant by "turn on" was turning Aero back on.
    Then do the other turn off/on.

    ...and consider posting here, in a visible place.
  5. double trouble!'s Avatar
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    Well, whenever I restart, the issue just comes back anyway. (after a few minutes?)
  6. Azure Butterfly's Avatar
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    You could back it up on some USB disks or an external hard drive (but those are expensive). You could try getting a different antivirus too - Norton and McAfee are supposed to make the computer lag.
  7. double trouble!'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azure Butterfly
    You could back it up on some USB disks or an external hard drive (but those are expensive). You could try getting a different antivirus too - Norton and McAfee are supposed to make the computer lag.
    I don't use Norton or McAfee.
    I really, really don't have the money to get anything atm.
  8. Satoshi-kun's Avatar
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    How much ram do you have?
  9. double trouble!'s Avatar
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    2 GB.
    I haven't been seeing the problem (as much) lately, btw.

    Edit: my memory usage can be low when this happens, btw.
    Everything can be closed (30-40% mem usage) and it will still happen.
    Updated 8th February 2011 at 05:08 PM by double trouble!
  10. double trouble!'s Avatar
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    If anyone is still reading this...
    I'm having that problem right now (with under 10% cpu usage and 31% mem usage)

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