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Another speed question

We have 2 computers, both the same make and operating system, except one is 4 years old and the other is only a few months old. Also about the same processor speed and number of running processes, about 30. But the 4 year old really seems to be slowing down. I can tell a whole lot of difference in speed when I click "My Computer" or anything else. I do all those things that Griff suggests on a regular basis. I run AVG daily, Trend House Call or Bit Defender periodically. I run AdAware and Spybot frequently, Ccleaner, and HiJack This. I clean out the temp files. I do all this on both machines equally. My question is: Would it speed up the older machine if I were to just re-format the hard drive and start over again with a clean hard drive? Thank you.

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Computer DELL2400 (Dell 2400)
Generator Tom
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2005-07-05
Time 05:35

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Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180 (IE 6.0 SP2)
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name DELL2400 (Dell 2400)
User Name Tom

CPU Type Intel Celeron 4A, 2400 MHz (24 x 100)
Motherboard Name Dell Dimension 2400
Motherboard Chipset Intel Brookdale-G i845G
System Memory 1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Phoenix (12/02/03)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller (64 MB)
3D Accelerator Intel Extreme Graphics
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB]

Audio Adapter Intel 82801DB(M) ICH4(-M) - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-1]

IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 24CB
Disk Drive ST380011 A USB Device (80 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Disk Drive ST340014A (40 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8483B (48x/32x/48x CD-RW)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

C: (NTFS) 34632 MB (22894 MB free)
E: (NTFS) 76316 MB (59746 MB free)

Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse

Network Adapter Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller (
Modem Intel(R) 537EP V9x DF PCI Modem

Printer \\VESTA-Q4EO3HQCN\hp photosmart 7350 series
Printer Auto hp photosmart 7350 series on DELL2300
Printer Fax
Printer hp psc 1310 series
USB1 Controller Intel 82801DB(M) ICH4(-M) - USB Controller [A-1]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801DB(M) ICH4(-M) - USB Controller [A-1]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801DB(M) ICH4(-M) - USB Controller [A-1]
USB2 Controller Intel 82801DB(M) ICH4(-M) - Enhanced USB2 Controller [A-1]
USB Device hp psc 1310 series (DOT4USB)
USB Device hp psc 1310 series
USB Device USB Composite Device
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device
USB Device USB Printing Support

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In reply to: Another speed question

Look in the bios and verify the ide ports are set to dma and the proper dma speed.

Use the R.P. trick.
In windows.
Turn dma off.
Exit out.
Turn dma on.
Exit out.

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Say what?

In reply to: WAG.

I guess I should have put my question in the newbie forum. I have no idea what your talking about. ide port? dma? R.P. trick?

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Article about XP's DMA issue.

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I call it a bug that XP can slip into PIO mode and not report it. Microsoft never directly admits the bug (and offers no patch) but only tells us to flip the Microsoft (light switch?) off and and back on to see if that fixes it.

Read ->

You also ask if reloading the OS will make it faster. To this I must write that if you didn't know about DMA, PIO and more then the answer is likely a resounding NO! Here's why. Unless you have RESTORE CDs, the average Windows install is done incorrectly some 1/2 or worse on every install I've seen. Posts in these forum are too numerous to count about drivers the installer forgot or didn't know to go find and install. Hint: MOTHERBOARD DRIVERS.

Take my advice and try simpler things first and be spyware free.


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I read the article...

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and flicked the switch, but it didn't seem to help. I do have the original cd's that came with the computer (Dell) including the "Re-installation of the XP Operating System". If I back up everything and do another install, a clean install, would that improve performance? Thanks.

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One of those things.

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You'll have to measure it before and after to know.

For me, it's never helped. But I'm a little bit of a clean machine type person... No spyware, rootkits, etc.


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Thank you

In reply to: One of those things.

I think I'll just tolerate the slower speed than take a chance on really screwing something up. One last question - what are rootkits? Thanks again.

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Here's a discussion about this new threat.

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(NT) (NT) re format

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Could you explain?

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Would re-formating increase my performance, speed, etc.?

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: Another speed question

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On the older machine when was the last itme you did a disk clean up and defrag??? John

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(NT) (NT) Disk Cleanup daily. Defrag weekly.

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Maybe I missed something...

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But I didn't see any reference to Front Side Bus speed. I'm not familiar with this model so maybe I'm speaking out of turn. It would seem to me that FSB speeds would have changed in four years. The Dell 2400 could have an upgraded motherboard and cpu all other things being equal.

and life goes on...


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Thank you

In reply to: Maybe I missed something...

I'll check on that.

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