SLOW...good grief, this thing is painfully slow

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Les Thompson, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Les Thompson

    Les Thompson Guest

    System...AMD 64, 3.2 with 1 gig Ram, 2 internal 250's and 1 external 250 HD's
    Vista Ultimate 64
    Office 2007
    Cox High Speed Cable modem

    I am so sick of watching that green chase circle EVERY time I want to do
    something I am tempted to dump all these Vista installations and go back to
    XP on all of my machines. Especially the Internet and Outlook... Sheesh!

    I have turned protected mode off and it did not help. I have uninstalled
    Norton and it did not help. Is there anything I can do to turn off the
    infernal checking that slows everything down so badly. I click on a web site
    (expecially MSN.com and go pour myself a cup of coffee while waiting for it
    to get there). This is insane.

    I could really love Vista if it just wasn't so d... slow.

    What can I do to fix this problem? The main box shown above is hotter than
    anything else I have it on including my new laptop and an older 1.2 celeron
    at work and they all perform about the same...well, the laptop is a little
    quicker.

    XP was MUCH faster. I still have it on two other machines at home running
    side by side with my Vista box and there is no comparison. The old XP's will
    finish a task in a fraction of the time while I am still watching the green
    chase circle on Vista.
     
    Les Thompson, Mar 22, 2007
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    Victek Guest

    You could try ReadyBoost. I've read that with one gig of system ram
    ReadyBoost helps a lot.
     
    Victek, Mar 22, 2007
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    Art Guest

    I suspect something else is the culprit. I have 3 machines with similar
    configs and 1 GB of RAM and they all run faster than my old XP installs. I
    am running Vista 32 bit though. I don't know if that makes a difference.

    2 of them I use as media servers with integrated video running Aero and no
    hiccups. What kind of video do you have on these machines? Is Aero
    enabled?

    FYI - My three:

    ASRock 754 AMD Mainboard
    Athlon 64 3200+
    1 GB Corsair Value Select DDR RAM
    Integrated NVidia 6100 Graphics
    80 GB Western Digital IDE drive
    (Video Server)

    Gigabyte AM2 Mainboard
    Athlon 64 2800+
    1 GB OCZ DDR2 RAM
    Integrated NVidia 6100 Graphics
    120 GB Maxtor SATA drive
    (5 year old's gaming machine)

    Abit AM2 Mainboard
    Athlon 64 X2 3600
    1 GB Corsair Value Select DDR2 RAM
    Integrated NVidia 6100 Graphics
    120 GB Maxtor SATA drive
    (Video Server)

    Daughter's machine is running ReadyBoost but frankly none of them chase the
    circle all that much. The daughter's when loading Disney's Cars game a
    little but not much.

    Can you run task manager and list all the processes running and their CPU
    usage? Perhaps something snuck into startup that's eating your RAM?

    Art

    Art
     
    Art, Mar 23, 2007
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  4. Vista runs with "1Gb ram" but runs as your seeing it run.....to have a sweet
    smooth experience one should use at least a Higher end Processor ( Dual Core
    Technology), 2GB Ram and a 256mb video graphics card....I personally like
    the ATIx1300

    Jim
     
    246872 Jim McCree, Mar 23, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    I disagree with your assessment. I'm running Ultimate RTM on a system that
    is almost 5 years old, 1GB PC 800 RAM, 2.53 GHz P4 processor. No such slow
    downs. I'm also using a 2GB SanDisk Micro Cruzer USB flash drive for
    ReadyBoost.

    To the OP there is something wrong with the installation, hardware and/or
    drivers for the slowness you're seeing.
     
    Rock, Mar 25, 2007
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  6. But here in lies the Big Difference!>>>>> I'm also using a 2GB SanDisk Micro
    Cruzer USB flash drive for
    ReadyBoost.

    Jim





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    246872 Jim McCree, Mar 25, 2007
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  7. Also...Your running a P4 - 2.53Ghz !! He's running a AMD 64 ..... One could
    argue the difference depending only of course personal preferences....And
    then of course depending on the types of prgms he's trying to operate / run
    ( Ie: games, multitasking.....) with an AMD vs Pentium
    He's also not using a 2GB Ready Boast either to boost the overall
    performance...

    Jim



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    246872 Jim McCree, Mar 25, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    Readyboost does help but it's not a huge difference. Even without it I
    wasn't seeing those slow downs. What I was disagreeing with was your
    statement about what's needed to have a "sweet, smooth, experience" with
    Vista.
     
    Rock, Mar 26, 2007
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  9. I can only comment on the multiple experiences I have had since selling Dell
    systems at a Kiosk since last November.....Numerous customers coming up to
    me to tell me after the fact that my suggestions helped / are helping them
    have just that sweet experience with not seeing delays, slow downs, lagging,
    smooth running apps, vista Aero experience's.....As well as though customers
    who "opted" at the time of purchase to not "opt" for those options only to
    come back after the fact to "upgrade" their Video cards, System RAM stating
    that they had listened to my suggestion when they were building there
    original systems........
    Me personally since the Beta started I have ran my Celeron processor with
    1Gb ram and a 128mb Video graphics card and its painfully slow at
    times......But then I expected it to be so I am not disappointed in Vista at
    all.....

    Jim



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