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Discussion in 'Computers and Internet Geekland' started by dionysus, Aug 3, 2018.

    Aug 3, 2018
  1. dionysus

    dionysus can turn wine into water CAG MM

    Occupation:
    n/a
    Location:
    I'm a Canucklehead
    Unfortunately, I let my mother use my pc and she's got a fantastic habit of breaking it :p

    Anyway suffering from major lag - playing games, opening files, loading pages.....anything from graphic intensive like playing slots online to the most benign like opening ducuments or opening a browser

    did all the usuals:
    no viruses/scans
    did all updates
    CClean often
    chedk task manager, nothing extraneous enabled, nothing running high
    everything...is just slow

    do people still defrag?
    any other suggestions?
     
  2. Aug 3, 2018
  3. pereblue

    pereblue AdminTech Staff Member

    Occupation:
    ...
    Location:
    barcelona
    Take a look HDD use, if its about 90% full, your Lapt (PC) could suffer a performance drop.
     
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  4. Aug 3, 2018
  5. dionysus

    dionysus can turn wine into water CAG MM

    Occupation:
    n/a
    Location:
    I'm a Canucklehead
    i checked and i have a terrabyte free
    and error checking says no errors

    before i let my mother play with lol it ran like a dream, being a gaming laptop
    i just cant figure out why EVERYTHING, no matter the task runs like molasses
     
  6. Aug 3, 2018
  7. zap987

    zap987 Meister Member PABnononaccred2

    Occupation:
    .
    Location:
    Sweden
    If it's a laptop and running slow on everything, could be some power saving setting preventing it from going full speed.
     
  8. Aug 3, 2018
  9. dionysus

    dionysus can turn wine into water CAG MM

    Occupation:
    n/a
    Location:
    I'm a Canucklehead
    thanks, but looking under power saving options, everything is set to never

    it's just so weird
    but ty to both of you for suggestions
     
  10. Aug 3, 2018
  11. Sonict

    Sonict Experienced Member MM

    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    It is possible that you need to clean out the laptop since dust may be blocking the heat vents where the CPU is. If the CPU is getting too hot, it will throttle down and your performance will suffer.
     
  12. Aug 3, 2018
  13. dionysus

    dionysus can turn wine into water CAG MM

    Occupation:
    n/a
    Location:
    I'm a Canucklehead
    i have it hooked to the tv and under the coffee table
    with 2 cats that's a distinct possibility - ill giver a good dusting/blowing in the am
     
  14. Aug 3, 2018
  15. dpp00

    dpp00 Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    house husband
    Location:
    uk
    which virus scan are you using, personally never found anything as good as malware bytes (free) as with all virus scanners set them to run at boot or safemode

    so any offending bug cant load,

    and ccleaner is good but not as good as 10bit also (free) :thumbsup:
     
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  16. Aug 3, 2018
  17. ternur

    ternur A damn fine cup of coffee CAG webby mm3

    Occupation:
    Lawyer
    Location:
    Finland
    How much RAM you have on the machine (also check the virtual memory / paging file settings)? Did you check what services and programs autorun at startup (does the computer start up like it used to or is it slower)?

    You said all the latest windows updates are installed. How about GPU drivers (if applicable)? You could also see if there are any other hardware and outdated driver conflicts.

    If you have SSD there's no use to defrag. I've never had any signicant boost by defragging older HDDsr, but it be helpful in some cases.

    Like suggested, check how hot the computer rans. Speccy for example gives you multiple readings (CPU, motherboard, storage and graphics temperatures).
     
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  19. goatwack

    goatwack Denny, two is great, but three is a crowd CAG

    Occupation:
    Stuntman
    Location:
    Londonia
    Hey my laptop cuts out when it gets too hot, how'd you like them apples

    Anything above Solitaire and it sounds like Heathrow terminal during peak season :eek:

    I should really clean the fan and replace the thermal paste on the heat sink :oops:
     
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  20. Aug 3, 2018
  21. pinnit2014

    pinnit2014 Senior Member MM PABinit

    Occupation:
    Work with figures, other audit-y things
    Location:
    Glasgow
    My poor MacBook gets killed by one provider - Thunderkick. The Wild Heist turns into a battle for its Fan Soul.

    Defragmenting? Sounds so 1997 ;)
     
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  22. Aug 4, 2018
  23. dionysus

    dionysus can turn wine into water CAG MM

    Occupation:
    n/a
    Location:
    I'm a Canucklehead
    thanks guys...will do a (physical) scour this weekend :)
    was so hung up on software issues never contemplated the hardware ones :oops:
     
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  24. Aug 4, 2018
  25. NeverLucky

    NeverLucky is actually lucky sometimes

    Location:
    Germany
    Hard to say without knowing the Hardware. SSDs do work wonders though and are quite cheap by now.
    Also no need to defrag... :p

    If she uses Chrome it might be worth a try to switch back to Firefox as that has been receiving quite a few good performance updates.

    Edit: It might also be throttling due to being low on Battery while being charged and used, might be worth checking.
     
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