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    SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    Finally bit the bullet and moved from 2000 to XP(clean install). In the process I upgraded the RAM to 1G (from 512m). Having now re-installed all my software, I got to run a real application today and am horrified at the speed
    Application is an Access file using ODBC to get data from an accounting file. Large and unwieldy so I am used to some actions taking up to 30 minutes. I have now been running this for 5 hours and it is halfway through.
    Changes since 2000:
    Increade RAM to 1Gig
    Installed Office XP as replacement from Office 2000
    Task Manager shows only about 200meg ram being used - no improvement if I set priority to either High or real timePaginfg file is set to System managed size and is currently 1535 MB - 2 drives each partitioned into primary of 30 Gig and balance for data - second drive is intended to be used for Ghosting C and backing up data from D
    HELP Please!!
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    Re: SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    You have lots more memory than you need for XP, which runs very happily in 512 MB. The paging file should not even be accessed since you have all this real memory.

    So it may be down to CPU and/or disk:
    have you looked at the CPU usage in Task Manager?
    what speed is the disk, and how full is it? REALLY suggest you do a Defrag... Overnight, if need be.
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    Re: SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    Are you using ODBC on your own HDD or are you accessing through a network?
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    Re: SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    You might think this as odd, but could you try running the process with the extra memory removed? We've run across a few instances where a computer that runs great really bogs down after adding additional memory; take the memory back out and the computer perks up again. It doesn't even imply bad memory, since the modules were put to use in other computers without incident. (Possibly a bad memory socket?)

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    Re: SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    Thanks for quick response
    CPU usage is not too bad: varies from 6 to 18% with some spikes to 20%
    Disk is 7,500 rpm (or whatever the standard number is near that)
    Disk is 80 Gig, 30 partitioned for XP and 17gig of that is free space and was only formatted last week to install XP but will do defrag as you suggest
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    Re: SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    Thanks for quick response
    ODBC is on my own hard drive
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    Re: SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    Thanks for quick response
    Of course its odd - this is a computer after all and only odd responses work - thanks for the suggestion, i"ll give it a try
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    Re: SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    We havn't been able to pin down the exact cause here at work, but sometimes it might just be a compatability issue between the different memory chips and the motherboard, even when the chips are rated the same and fully supported by the board. Other times I think it's just a wormhole that opens up and sends cycles to the far reaches of the galaxy before they get back to the cpu. <img src=/S/blackhole.gif border=0 alt=blackhole width=15 height=15> Often the best solution, if practical, is to remove the multiple chips and install one twice as big, but those gig chips are still a little too pricey.

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    Re: SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    removed second RAM stick (so computer back to 512 meg) No discernible difference though the process is so slow, even I did not have the patience to see if its now 4 hours instead of 5 - bottom line it is still enormously slower than under Win2K
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    Re: SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    If the accounting file is on your hard drive, presumably the application is also. What application is it?
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    Re: SLOW!! (xp SP1)

    Is anything other than Access affected this way? If not, then it could be a matter of some "tuning" to get ODBC running efficiently. For that I'd recommend the Access board, rather than this one.

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