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    slowdown - suddenly

    T-450 Dell Dimension
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    V770D graphics card--Win 98SE with upgrades/updates.. I do more graphics than anything else (almost nothing else) using 3D programs, photographic work, Photoshop,...like that. When I added 126MB more memory, things sped up tremendously. I was happy. Lately, although I've offloaded CDs worth of images, etc., the computer has suddenly started delaying actions. By sometimes as much as 10-15 seconds. The only change I have made lately is to add a larger monitor. QUESTION: Where should I start looking for the cause? Every time I check, it shows that my machine is "80%" or more "free", sometimes over 90%. I only start systray and Explorer, so I'm confused as to where to start. Any help will be appreciated, and thanks for past help.

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    Re: slowdown - suddenly

    have you defragged your hard drive(s) recently?
    If you are typically saving or manipulating large graphic files, fragmentation could cause a significant slowdown.

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    Re: slowdown - suddenly

    Also check for Spyware.

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    Re: slowdown - suddenly

    And of course you are keeping your antivirus software up to date, aren't you? Is your machine perhaps on a LAN? Sometimes that causes slowdown if you map a few shares or let Windows "automatically" check the network.

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    Re: slowdown - suddenly

    You seem to use your machine much like my wife does. Have you installed any Kodak software, specifically EasyShare? This also loads a ratter called Backweb Lite. Kodak refers to this as their "updater", but it's more than that. I'm not expert enough to know just how this program functions from a technical aspect, but it's on Spybot's list of nasties, and as soon as I whacked all traces of it things went back to what loosely passes for normal around here. (I run Spybot and AdAware once a week.)
    I had to delete all of the Kodak software, any any reference left to it anywhere on the disk (temp areas too, where parts of it hide), including any in the registry. Then re-install the Kodak stuff, but do a custom install and leave out the updater. They don't make any of this clear or obvious, which to me is deceitful on their part.

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    Re: slowdown - suddenly

    Thanks to all - I have defragged and Scandisked recently, and I uninstalled Kodak a long time ago. Just to be sure, I did another defrag/scandisk, and it seems to have helped.....some. But, the delay is still there. I'm posting another question to cover another weird thing going on, which might be connected??? It concerns the loss of "program.exe"........maybe this has something to do with the problem? I discovered this when trying to install TweakUI that I downloaded several days ago.

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    Re: slowdown - suddenly

    One more thing you might do. Reboot. Then go to Start/Run & type
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    & press <enter>. Look at the startup tab & see if you have something running that you don't need. For more information on your "list" of startup items, see http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.htm.

    Another thing you can do, is reboot & Ctrl+Alt+Delete & then End tast (1 at a time) on everything except systray & Explorer (& mouse software if you have any). Then start a couple of applications & see how they respond. You can use msconfig to add back startup items, 1 at a time, so you can see if there's a resource hog.

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    Re: slowdown - suddenly

    Not to beat a dead horse, but when you uninstalled the Kodak, you might NOT have uninstalled Backweb. There were early versions of the Kodak software that left that little detail out, just my mistake, I'm sure. Right.
    Search your drive for *backweb*.* right from the root.

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    Re: slowdown - suddenly

    msconfig has been trimmed down to systray and explorer for many years. Occasionally somebody will try to sneak in, but I keep a close eye on it. Also did another search for that Backweb element.......nothing showed up. Things have improved somewhat after the latest defrag and scandisk, so I'll keep looking for other clean-ups. I've also dumped cookies, temp files, internet history, so that's all done. If you can think of anything else, I'd sure appreciate hearing from you. Thanks again for past help.

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    Re: slowdown - suddenly

    Are you using Win Defrag? If so, I can tell you for a fact, that you can get substantial performance gain by using a 3rd party Defrag Program such as PerfectDisk or Diskeeper. Windows Defrag really doesn't do a very good job at Optimizing your System. I noticed a Big difference using ether of the above Programs.

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    Re: slowdown - suddenly

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