Vista too slow

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by raph, May 15, 2007.

  1. raph

    raph Guest

    I have a decent machine: a HP T5500 duo core with 2gb of ram and an ATI 7600
    mobile video card and it comes with Vista Ultimate. But I am very
    disappointed with the performance. My new PC is much slower than my very old
    desktop with XP. Opening a session is very frustrating, same with the mail
    and Explorer. I removed Norton and other junkware (HP is terrible for that)
    but the performance is the same. Is there anything I can do to improve the
    speed, other than changing to XP?
     
    raph, May 15, 2007
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  2. raph

    TomL Guest

    I'm having the same problem with a Gateway GT5404 multi-media desktop.

    My dsl speed is around 270 kbps, tested by all sources, but, my download
    speed is only 33kbps! Also, videos from all sources rebuffer during playing.

    Best Buy got the same results on their T-1 line!

    For some reason Vista seems to be holding up downloads. Gateway claims its
    a Vista problem!!!

    I'm pissed and tired of being jerked around.

    My older Gateway macine at work with XP Pro is faster than fast.

    What gives???
     
    TomL, May 15, 2007
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  3. Can you please include some information.

    1.What's your vista score?
    2.Is there any issues with Vista please check in Control Panel -> problem
    report and solutions
    3.Also check in the performance information section

    If there are still issues please email me.

    James
     
    James Matthews, May 15, 2007
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  4. raph

    John M. Guest

    Hey guys, this is Microsoft we are dealing with and you are the hood
    ornament for the public shake down cruise of Windows Vista. I understand
    that there is a way of adjusting the power settings in the control panel
    that allows the OS to not micro mange the machines CPU resources and the
    associated power settings. Check it out, the Power Settings Control Panel.
     
    John M., May 15, 2007
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  5. raph

    Kevin Guest

    Hi Raph,
    YES!!

    I bought a new computer yesterday and have been NOTHING but disappointed
    with Vista. Computer = Acer 9302AWSMi, AMD Turion 64 Mobile, 2.2 GHz, 1 GB
    ram, Vista Premium.

    I have had NOTHING but problems. The problems started before I even plugged
    into my internet connection -- so not even a possibility it's a virus.

    Symptoms of abominable speed:
    -- After trying several times to copy a DVD to hard drive, I put it in last
    night, started copy and went to bed. Nine hours later, this DVD (approx. 1.2
    Gb) was still not copied. Estimated time remaining 66 days.
    -- I've tried other DVDs (files from my old computer) -- same thing.
    -- I cannot even open the DVDs to look at them. Explorer hangs with the
    spinning wheel.
    If I check CPU usage ... 1 or 2 % ... it's not doing anything. There is no
    activity. Everything freezes but there's no activity. What's wrong.

    Of note ... With nothing open, nothing running, my Physical Memory Usage is
    at 60%. WHY? I'm not doing anything.

    I've searched high and low -- and on internet -- to find something that I
    can fix. Nothing.

    On one website, I hear there is a HotFix for the copying problem ... but I
    have to call Microsoft (and pay) to get this HotFix. Ridiculous.

    I've also found that Robocopy is another option to use -- but why should I
    have to go look for a program to do what Explorer cannot.

    If I could take this computer back today and be rid of Vista, I would.

    Microsoft -- DO SOMETHING.

    Kevin
     
    Kevin, May 15, 2007
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  6. raph

    Julian Guest

    You have to pay the price of a local call.
    Why can't you take it back?

    Take your dvd's with you and demonstrate that it is not fit for purpose
    and only accept a replacement when you have seen it working.
     
    Julian, May 15, 2007
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  7. raph

    Kevin Guest

    Great minds think alike. I am planning to go back to the store today to show
    them this. If they'll take it back, I may take this moment to switch to Macs.
    If this is the future of Windows, I don't want it.
     
    Kevin, May 15, 2007
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  8. raph

    Terry Guest

    You dont know if this is a windows problem.

    Regards
     
    Terry, May 15, 2007
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  9. raph

    Julian Guest

    Hold fire on such judgements until you've been unshopping.

    I'm not sure about tying myself to a particular hardware manufacturer
    especially one with series or dead ends under their belt.

    Whatever...

    If you are from the UK go into the shop armed with...
    http://www.dti.gov.uk/consumers/buying-selling/sale-supply/sale-of-good-act/page8600.html
     
    Julian, May 15, 2007
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  10. raph

    Julian Guest

    ps. Manufacturers and vendors guarantees give you far less protection
    than the Sale of good act in the early period of ownership.

    They manufacturers and vendors actually hope you fall for their
    guarantees to let them of a few hooks.
     
    Julian, May 15, 2007
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  11. I also have a new HP, and it came with so much junkware that I had to nuke
    it and install fresh Vista. It was worth it, as it's now a fast machine. If
    you don't want to do this, take a look at Microsoft's Autoruns.zip program,
    and google for TweakVI. Both of them helped a bunch...

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, May 15, 2007
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  12. It's not Vista - either it's the hardware or it's the junkware they
    installed. I'm running Vista on a new laptop and it's sweet. But then again,
    it's a fresh install with no junkware...

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, May 15, 2007
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  13. raph

    mikeyhsd Guest

    did you update your drivers.
    that should have been almost first thing.







    Hi Raph,
    YES!!

    I bought a new computer yesterday and have been NOTHING but disappointed
    with Vista. Computer = Acer 9302AWSMi, AMD Turion 64 Mobile, 2.2 GHz, 1 GB
    ram, Vista Premium.

    I have had NOTHING but problems. The problems started before I even plugged
    into my internet connection -- so not even a possibility it's a virus.

    Symptoms of abominable speed:
    -- After trying several times to copy a DVD to hard drive, I put it in last
    night, started copy and went to bed. Nine hours later, this DVD (approx. 1.2
    Gb) was still not copied. Estimated time remaining 66 days.
    -- I've tried other DVDs (files from my old computer) -- same thing.
    -- I cannot even open the DVDs to look at them. Explorer hangs with the
    spinning wheel.
    If I check CPU usage ... 1 or 2 % ... it's not doing anything. There is no
    activity. Everything freezes but there's no activity. What's wrong.

    Of note ... With nothing open, nothing running, my Physical Memory Usage is
    at 60%. WHY? I'm not doing anything.

    I've searched high and low -- and on internet -- to find something that I
    can fix. Nothing.

    On one website, I hear there is a HotFix for the copying problem ... but I
    have to call Microsoft (and pay) to get this HotFix. Ridiculous.

    I've also found that Robocopy is another option to use -- but why should I
    have to go look for a program to do what Explorer cannot.

    If I could take this computer back today and be rid of Vista, I would.

    Microsoft -- DO SOMETHING.

    Kevin
     
    mikeyhsd, May 15, 2007
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  14. raph

    Julian Guest

    I bet it took hardly more than an hour to get
    Vista itself up and running from ground zero.

    Then it is a simple and leisurely task of adding
    extra software on an as-and-when-needed basis.

    Another advantage of the step by step approach
    is that it is easier to identify applications that
    slow the machine.

    One has before and after experience of each
    product.

    In no time at all one has a pc that does everything
    asked of it in spite of not loading all its
    original software....

    And one has a better idea of how the
    goddam thing works.
     
    Julian, May 15, 2007
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  15. raph

    Rufus Thorne Guest

    You can use a USB memory stick to increase the speed of commonly-loaded
    applications. This trechnology is called Readyboost and is unique to Vista.
    Plug in the styick and select 'Spped up my system' from the autorun
    dialogue. Readyboost doesn't actually use the USB stick as extra RAM (i
    notice you have 2GB) what it will do tho is keep a record of your most
    commonly used applications on the stick, which helps to speed up the
    launch-times of things, including Windows boot-up time.

    I noticed quite a large increase in overall speed when I upgraded my
    graphics card from an ATI Radeon X550 256MB to an X1300 512MB, Windows Aero
    relies more upon 3D Hardware than you would think.

    If you have more than one hard-drive in your computer, make sure the
    page-file is on the drive that doesn't have Windows on it. I have C and D
    drives, with Windows on the C drive and the page-file on the D drive. This
    speeds up Windows quite a bit as well, this has worked since Windows 2000.
    Also, make sure the page-file size is not set to 'system managed' - set it
    yourself, min and max both to the same number - somewhere between 2048 and
    4096.

    Hope this helps,

    - Rufus
     
    Rufus Thorne, May 15, 2007
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  16. raph

    TomL Guest

    Been there, done that, don't work on the Gateway GT5404 multi-media machine I
    bopught from Best Buy.
     
    TomL, May 16, 2007
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  17. I love that one 66 days :)
     
    James Matthews, May 16, 2007
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  18. raph

    TomL Guest

    My Vista score is 3.0...
    No Solutions....
    All diagnostics, including Vista say my dsl is running at around
    270kbps---yet I can only download at 33kpbs, and my videos from all sources
    rebuffer...
     
    TomL, May 16, 2007
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  19. raph

    raph Guest

    James,

    Here are the scores for my pc :
    CPU : 4.7
    RAM : 4.5
    Graphics : 4.7
    Games Graphics : 4.6
    HD : 4.3

    And the problem and resolution report is clean.
    I disabled a lot of processes and it runs a little bit better.
    Thanks
    raph
     
    raph, May 16, 2007
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