Vista is very very slow

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by ExcelsiorTheWonderHorse, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Hello Al

    I hope someone can help me because I don't know quite what to try

    I am running Vista Ultimate 64. Here are a few details of my system,
    can run siSoft Sandra and provide any more that might be needed. It's
    Pentium D 3 gHz machine dual core, dual boot (XP media centre edition i
    the other OS) I have 3 GB of RAM. Everything runs very smoothly unde
    XP but Vista is very very sluggish, although it's inconsistent
    sometimes opening a program is as fast as would be expected, often time
    it's really slow (taking up to a minute). Likewise browsing the fil
    system or copying files could be fast or it could be really slow
    Installing programs, whether they are 32 or 64 bit is really painfull

    I've taken off Aero (not to increase performace, I just didn't care fo
    it) and my drives are defragmented, the system is very clean, havin
    been installed only a week ago

    I thought the problem might be the hard disk controllers, so
    uninstalled them and had windows reinstall them but this was no good. O
    yes, and the chipset drivers have been installed ok

    Any ideas? I've got none - I need your help
    ExcelsiorTheWonderHorse, Jun 14, 2007
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  2. ExcelsiorTheWonderHorse

    peter Guest

    1 more gig of RAM
    Switch to 32bit OS
    Check see if 64bit Vista drivers are installed for mobo

    peter, Jun 14, 2007
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  3. Thanks for that suggestion (isn't 3GB quite a lot of RAM just to run a
    OS before I've starting using Maya?)

    Yes, thanks for taking the trouble to reply, but I found the solution
    and it was very painless. I found some SATA drivers which matched th
    motherboard better than the ones which were automatically installe
    along with the OS and my machine has gone from being so unbelievabl
    slow to very very speedy.

    Sorry to waste evryone's time..

    But, if anyone is suffering from slowness, real slowness, I recommen
    checking if you have the best IDE/chipset/ATA drivers for you

    ExcelsiorTheWonderHorse, Jun 14, 2007

  4. Since 32-bit Vista (or any other 32-bit version of Windows)
    effectively can't use more than just over 3GB of RAM, those two
    suggestions make no sense together.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jun 14, 2007
  5. ExcelsiorTheWonderHorse

    peter Guest

    So I guess he took my 3rd suggestion...............
    peter, Jun 14, 2007
  6. Hey Peter - thanks for your suggestions! I actually found the solutio
    myself, minutes after I'd posted my post, a week after I began to try t
    work out what on earth was up with my PC. The third suggestion was
    fine suggestion (the second was not too good in my cae - I bought Vist
    64 for the advantage of 64 bit audio editing. I was more than happy wit
    XP. I certainly didn't get Vista for it's bizarre and fascist approac
    to home computer security!
    Thanks again
    ExcelsiorTheWonderHorse, Jun 14, 2007
  7. ExcelsiorTheWonderHorse

    Spirit Guest

    Ken I have "heard" that 32 bit Vista can use above 3.12 Gig for shared
    video and can even be used as virtual memory however these functions
    are not available by default. Any knowledge of these possibilities?
    Spirit, Jun 15, 2007
  8. ExcelsiorTheWonderHorse

    Terry Swift Guest


    I'm sure that the 32 bit version is like win XP, where you have to edit the
    Boot.ini file to effectively get full advantage of the additional RAM of
    anything in the 4 GB range. There are TechNet articles on this:

    You can refer to them for advice on when to set switches and not.

    If you own Vista, the following article explains if you have 4GB of RAM and
    why the system might report less than that amount:


    Terry Swift, Jun 16, 2007
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