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    Willow is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Default How to cut down on RAM usage and problems with internet connection...

    Okay, first of all, I was wondering on how I can get my computer running fast again. I've gone to msconfig and have turned off a few start-up items that I researched and realized that I didn't need, but how do I keep from my RAM being eaten up? Do the services listed in msconfig eat the RAM up? The list is really long, and no matter where I look I get differing opinions as to what should be done. Some people say it's just best to leave it alone and just buy more RAM for the harddrive. Others say to stop some running processes, but they are unable to tell me which ones NOT to run. I've downloaded a free version of "The Ultimate Troubleshooter", but that doesn't help in the advice department since it only comes with paid product.

    So what should I do? I've defragged, cleaned up hard space, run anti-spyware and anti-virus programs, and turned off a few start-up items, but my laptop is still running quite slow at times. Should I just go out and buy more RAM (I currently have 512MB). If I do, how much more should I buy and how much would it be? Should I stop some services?

    Also, another question: my internet speed works funny at times. The connection speed is always the same (100MB), but sometimes the amount of packets received takes a while to build up, leaving me with long waiting times for the pages to load. Why does this happen? Usually, I'll just go ahead and move my ethernet cord to the other port in my room and reconnect - that usually fixes the problem, and I'm able to connect quickly to pages. But that becomes a pain in the butt when I have to switch ports every other day just to be able to visit pages without having to wait two minutes for them to load.

    What is the relationship between packets received in the activity seciton under "Local Area Connection" and the amount of time it takes to load a page? And how can I prevent this from happening so that I don't always have to rely upon changing ports? Is it related to the RAM problem I'm having?

    I appreciate any answers anyone can provide.
    Sometimes, a willow faces a strong and forceful wind. It bends and some of its beautiful leaves may be blown off, but it doesn't break. It blends with the power of the wind and ends up stronger for it. --Yume Kazerei

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    kinkouin is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    yeah, I really suggest get at least 1 GB or more...

    as for the connection, I'm not too sure about, it might be your card acting funky with the wire, otherwise I'm not too sure.

    If you're using firefox, you can google for ways to change the internal settings to make it go faster...

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    Volvogga is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    As far as the internet, sounds like your network or ISP's problem. Give them a call and bitch. If the Network is where someone assign's you an IP address (DHCP, not static), then you can try issuing the commands via the command line:

    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew

    That should do the same as plugging into a new jack.

    Ram... ehh... those problems vary. You may have one or two things running that take up a lot of room. I got a program for backing up my hard drives that always wants to run. Takes up 25 megs or something... and I use it once every 3 months or so. It's bullshit! So... I killed that bitch. Just have to remember to turn it back on. :P

    What can you kill? Hrmm... lets see... quite a few things, really. As many programs as you can is nice... some services you can disable... uhh... personal startup things you might want to make die as well. For services, I recomend doing that through the control pannel. From there go to administrative tools and then services. Here you can right click on services, get their properties, and find more information on them. Dependencies are also listed there.

    Another thing is to clean up the registry. There are a few free registry cleaners out there if you want to pick one and decided to trust it. Make sure you back up the registry before you do clean it though... just in case something fucks up, you can restore it. There is such thing as a registry defrag that helps too. I'm not sure if there is freeware for that though.

    Getting more RAM would do it, but for how long? That's the problem with windows and many operating systems now. Get more ram, they just take more for themselves. I got 1.5GHz Pentium M with 512MB of RAM running Windows XP. I have usually around 60 processes going at any given point and time. I know what these processes are, and how much memory they should be taking. It's not that bad, I don't think.

    Worst case... reformat, install an OS from scratch, and see if it's any better.

    thanks to Silverwmoon!

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    Gensoku is offline Senior Member Respected Member
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    Maybe your computer is running slower because it's dusty inside Generates heat and although it might not help it's something to check. For registry cleaner I think jv16 Powertools is a good one, you can just use trial version and back up registry before hand.

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    CT Eon is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    One other thing I might recommend is that you try scanning your computer with more than one antivirus the past I used norton (before I found out it was crap), but when I ran trendmicro's (of pc-cilin fame) free online scanner I notice sometimes norton lets a few trojans through my defences...and I changed to something less taxing like AVG...which kinda worked until I used tried avast...and their bootscan helped me land a dozen more things no other program was able to I dunno...just when an antivirus says "no viruses" doesn't mean there is absolutely none...there might still be a few hidden =x

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    serados is offline Banned Frequent Poster
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    You could also go onto and download ZoneAlarm, its pretty good, and you could also download some of the other spyware scanners and stuff while your at it too

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    qualia is offline Senior Member Respected Member
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    In my experience, 512 MBytes is enough as long as you run tons of programs in the background. Some people find it hard to believe, but I'm running xp home edition with 512MBytes of ram without any paging files. Yep, zero virtual memory. And I still can play C&C Yuri's Revenge (OK it's 2D and stuff, but then I'm not really a fan of Generals =P)

    I was thinking of upgrading to 1GB, but then I've only got two RAM slots and they're both occupied... (I'm using a laptop, one that has lasted since the early days of centrino... but it's a P4 laptop anyway) T_T

    I don't have that much processes running in background, although I keep ZoneAlarm (firewall), Live! Messenger (MSN , Otaku Mascot, and a few others along with the services. I do however turn off unnecessary services - such as Wireless Zero Configuration (my laptop doesn't have WLAN capabilities anyway) and a few others.

    Removing unused drivers might help as well. Fire up device manager, and under View, select Show Hidden Devices. These will show up all installed drivers, including those that are meant to be for devices currently not connected to the PC, these are the shaded ones. If you know you're not using it anymore, remove it. If you're not sure about it, then don't.

    Hope this helps.

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    flash is offline Senior Member Community Builder
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    you are using windows right? well I guess you need to reformat,
    everything not gonna last long forever, everything gonna corrupt and become unstable in some way or the other. And while

    you are at it, We all know reformatting alone is a bitch, also you still need to install other required software (

    office, game, photoshop, etc), so I suggest you to buy/Download a program that back up your entire hardrive in image file and

    restore it later if needed. For me, it will only take about 10 - 20 minutes to restore everything using that program.

    Also buying more memory might solve the problem but if you already at your maximum performance it wouldn't do any much

    different, so I suggest to reformat your computer. 512MB is enough but I somehow I don't feel comfortable using 512MB so I ended up upgrading my laptop to 1GB eventhough I don't really need it lol.
    Last edited by flash; 07-22-2006 at 09:46 AM.




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