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Computer only loads certain amount of programs per session

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Not long ago, I found that my computer was booting up really slowly. So I found some start up tuners to work on why it was so slow. I eventually disabled a few things and just a day or two ago, my computer started to boot up at its normal speed again.

However, now that that nightmare's over, a new one has started. When I run my laptop, I can only run a certain amount of programs once it's been on for a while (as in a few hours). Then if I try to open anything, I just get the little busy mouse while it tries to load....and it never does load. And I've found that this has been affecting any installations I'm trying to do. One of my installations has been sitting there trying to install the same file for the last hour and a half now.

Even my process manager is having problems. It can show me the processes that are running, but it can't terminate anything!

It seems like anything that tries to access the hard drive just doesn't happen after about the first two hours after booting. What should I do?

Also, I'm pretty certain that this doesn't have anything to do with my memory.

PC Stats: Windows Vista, 1G RAM, 23.4 GB free of 67.8G Hard Drive

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Re: programs running

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1 Gb isn't really much for Vista. So adding another might do the trick.

In the mean time:
- tell your laptops make, model, hard disk size (total and free)
- tell what processes are running in task manager (ordered by CPU usage, descending - everything which keeps at 0 isn't important at the moment)
- tell the virtual memory parameters (min and max)


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Some time a bad harddrive might have that same behavior.

In reply to: Computer only loads certain amount of programs per session

Give that harddrive a full scan test.

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