Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 35
  1. #1
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 52,953, Level: 71
    Level completed: 27%, Points required for next Level: 1,097
    Overall activity: 7.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    CyCloned's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Robins, Iowa
    Posts
    4,173
    Points
    52,953
    Level
    71
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 18
    Given: 6

    what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    I have an older desktop that has gotten very slow in operation and start up. Any suggestions on how to revive it? I was going to clear the register, and look for programs to delete. Anything else?



  2. #2
    Burgermeister!
    Points: 347,861, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 10.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    TykeClone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    22,323
    Points
    347,861
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 44
    Given: 85

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    RAM

    Check to see if the amount of memory in use if more than the amount of physical RAM available. If so, the OS is hitting the hard drive to swap stuff in and out - drastically slowing things down.


    Asteroids are nature's way of asking "How's that space program going?"

  3. #3
    Pro
    Points: 148,279, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 5.0%
    Achievements:
    Social50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    iahawkhunter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Grimes, IA
    Posts
    2,739
    Points
    148,279
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 2

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    As Tyke said...RAM.

    Also, reinstall the OS if you can. My linux machines don't seem to slow down much with age, but anything that runs Windows slows down a lot as it gets older. Plus, this is a good opportunity to only reinstall the applications you need/want and ensure that the undesired applications aren't lingering somewhere.


    Quote Originally Posted by im4cyclones View Post
    [Anything] is easy if you are content to suck at it.

  4. #4
    Addict
    Points: 172,942, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 16.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Marshalltown
    Posts
    9,654
    Points
    172,942
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 10
    Given: 13

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by iahawkhunter View Post
    As Tyke said...RAM.

    Also, reinstall the OS if you can. My linux machines don't seem to slow down much with age, but anything that runs Windows slows down a lot as it gets older. Plus, this is a good opportunity to only reinstall the applications you need/want and ensure that the undesired applications aren't lingering somewhere.
    This. Reformat before reinstalling OS.



  5. #5
    Legend
    Points: 198,790, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 17.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialCreated Album picturesVeteran50000 Experience Points
    dmclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    50131
    Posts
    12,926
    Points
    198,790
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 46
    Given: 103

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    Go into task manager and see what processes are running. Look up the names and if they are not necessary stop them from auto starting.



  6. #6
    Pro
    Points: 40,215, Level: 61
    Level completed: 90%, Points required for next Level: 135
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Social25000 Experience PointsVeteran
    CyLoboClone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Albuquerque
    Posts
    2,423
    Points
    40,215
    Level
    61
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 4
    Given: 2

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    i havent reinstalled vista in two years. I feel like I have an itchy trigger finger to do it this weekend!



  7. #7
    All-Star
    Points: 26,946, Level: 50
    Level completed: 40%, Points required for next Level: 604
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    Cloned4Life's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    West Des Moines
    Posts
    1,541
    Points
    26,946
    Level
    50
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    Most importantly, reformat. Upgrade RAM if needed.


    ANF - America Needs Farmers - Thank God Iowa State produces-educates-supports them!


  8. #8
    All-Star
    Points: 28,634, Level: 51
    Level completed: 99%, Points required for next Level: 16
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    1 year registered25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1,957
    Points
    28,634
    Level
    51
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    Both that I really know have been mentioned.

    RAM is one. However, there is a limit to which adding RAM can help. And there may be a limit as to how much RAM you can add.

    Reinstalling the OS is the other. This usually helps because it helps get rid of so much crap that ends up getting installed, or is running in the background, etc. However, note that this will delete all your data (more or less) so don't do this unless you have everything essential backed up. Also, be prepared to have the fun task of reinstalling stuff (especially if it's an older computer and you have older gadgets like printers that aren't 'plug and play' types)

    Adjusting what programs and services run at startup (or run automatically) can also help.



  9. #9
    Speechless
    Points: 631,427, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 21.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteranOverdrive
    3TrueFans's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Ames
    Posts
    22,188
    Points
    631,427
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 389
    Given: 31

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    Buy a new one.



  10. #10
    All-Star
    Points: 26,984, Level: 50
    Level completed: 44%, Points required for next Level: 566
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,230
    Points
    26,984
    Level
    50
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    Come on people. Solid state drives. The computer will fly, and then eventually the drive will give out, so make sure you have a back up. :)



  11. #11
    Speechless
    Points: 401,193, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 13.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    alarson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    West Des Moines, IA
    Posts
    20,831
    Points
    401,193
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 114
    Given: 40

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Buy a new one.
    Similarly, drop the computer from a tall building. It will achieve some decent speeds then, for a short bit.



  12. #12
    All-Star
    Points: 23,058, Level: 46
    Level completed: 51%, Points required for next Level: 492
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Ames
    Posts
    1,820
    Points
    23,058
    Level
    46
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 2
    Given: 7

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    Note when reinstalling OS on an old machine -- don't upgrade everything possible. Assuming some flavor of Windows, for example, stick with IE 7 instead of 8 or 9. If WinXP, stick with SP1 or SP2. Firefox should not use 4. In general (but obviously not always), updated software will be nicer but need more power.

    More ram in a marginal machine will do wonders.

    dell.com/outlet can get you a (nearly) new computer cheap.


    May my postings be polite and not misunderstood. (And hopefully funny on occasion.)

  13. #13
    Pro
    Points: 56,878, Level: 73
    Level completed: 89%, Points required for next Level: 172
    Overall activity: 4.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    kilgore_trout's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Madison, WI
    Posts
    2,038
    Points
    56,878
    Level
    73
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 27
    Given: 222

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    this.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Reformat before reinstalling OS.


    I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.

  14. #14
    All-Star
    Points: 23,058, Level: 46
    Level completed: 51%, Points required for next Level: 492
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Ames
    Posts
    1,820
    Points
    23,058
    Level
    46
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 2
    Given: 7

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by BooneCy View Post
    Come on people. Solid state drives. The computer will fly, and then eventually the drive will give out, so make sure you have a back up. :)
    All of our new machine purchases at work (desktops and laptops) have SSD's (8Gb ram, Win7 64 bit). But it's unlikely to help an old machine much -- especially when you consider the cost (you could buy a refurb. Dell computer for the same $$ as a SSD).


    May my postings be polite and not misunderstood. (And hopefully funny on occasion.)

  15. #15
    Pro
    Points: 135,170, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    Naughtius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Central IA
    Posts
    2,598
    Points
    135,170
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 11
    Given: 0

    Re: what are the best steps restore speed top a computer?

    Delete all the pornographic images from your computer. Those things take up A LOT of memory.

    At least, that's what my friend told me. I wouldn't know.

    Don't judge me.


    "Me not winning isn't important. You do!"

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • Football
  • Iowa State vs. North Dakota State
  • August 30, 2014
  • 06:00 PM