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    When we boot up XP our Thinkpad X300, the music stutters. We believe there may be other issues as well lurking in our professional work programs. Any thoughts on what could be wrong?

    Thank you.
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    If it only stutters on boot up I would not worry. As for other issues, you need to give us some clues as to what they might be.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thank you. It is running very slowly whenever files are saved from our lighting programs Lightwrite & Vectorworks (a cad program). I need and always have been able to open them both simultaneously and now can't. We had found a conflict of some things with Mozilla so we have moved to Google Chrome. We ran ccleaner and recently defragged. And have removed other programs that we didn't have to have.

    Thanks for any insights you may have.

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    Hi br,

    What cpu is installed on your ThinkPad?

    What size is your hard disk and how much free space do you currently have on the disk?

    How much RAM is installed?

    What is your latest Service Pack installed for XP?

    Was there any specific new or updated software or drivers installed just before noticing the slowdowns? How about new hardware?
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    XP is SP3, Duo Cpu - 1.20 G , 3 Gig Ram, 11.5 G free space on Hard Drive,

    No new software other than the updates for Mozilla which we've now eliminated and then cc cleaned after that. No new hardware.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brpsm View Post
    XP is SP3, Duo Cpu - 1.20 G , 3 Gig Ram, 11.5 G free space on Hard Drive,

    No new software other than the updates for Mozilla which we've now eliminated and then cc cleaned after that. No new hardware.
    11.5 GB free space on the hard drive is not much. What is the total capacity of your hard drive? Less than 15% free drive space can lead to stability issues. Also Disk Defragementer will not fully defrag your hard drive if you maintain less than 15% free disk space.
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    Thank you. Total disk drive is 60G, so we're probably over 15%. Also, we've been fine until two weeks ago, so its odd. Do you know have there been any XP updates that could have caused some difficulties? I do download all their updates.

    Thanks again.
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    At 11.5GB free space on a 60GB drive, you should be okay, but you don't have much breathing room.

    Is Windows dynamically handling your page file size? If so, what does it report as your current page file size? It would not hurt to totally eliminate your paging file by going to System>System Properties>Advanced Tab>Performance Settings>Advanced Tab>Virtual memory>Change>Select "no paging file". Reboot your computer and then go back thru the same procedure but this time select System managed size. Reboot again. If there was some corruption in your paging file, then that should correct it. Just a simple thing to try.

    I rarely use XP anymore so I cannot comment on risky XP updates of late. You might check your Add or Remove Programs and check the box to show all updates. Updates that can be uninstalled will be shown. You could choose the ones that fall within the time frame of the problem appearing and make note of the KB update number for each. If the problem goes away you can selectively install the updates one by one to isolate the problem update. Or you can take the KB numbers you record and do an internet search on each to see if there have been any issues reported.

    Another possibility, if an update caused the problem, is to find a restore point made on a date just before the problem surfaced, and use System Restore to restore to that date. That might be worth a shot even if a Windows Update is not at fault.

    Finally, if you have an XP SP3 install CD, the boot to it and go to Recovery Console and type in this command at the prompt: chkdsk c: /f (with all the spaces shown). This will check your hard drive file system for integrity. If you have the time you might run it with the /r switch as follows: chkdsk c: /r (with all the spaces shown). This is more thorough, but is also more time consuming.
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    Have you run a recent virus scan?

    cheers, Paul

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