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Explorer running slow ..... really everything is

by blandkid / December 27, 2007 12:24 PM PST

OK .... lets get it out I just got a new Dell....yeah yeah I know! But for the price you cant beat it, or so I thought! But it is running so so so slow. I need help!

Internet Explorer really seems to be running the slowest and having the biggest issues, but to be honest all programs seem to have difficult or they get stuck.

Explorer will take forever to get started or to open a new site. Some time the screen goes completely black and the address box at the top becomes abnormally large as if it was in safe mode. It will eventually go back to normal and open the web site.

I am looking for any suggestions. I am not running any other programs when this happens, other than programs that run auto.

I have a dell inspiron 1520
I run my Internet on a wireless system.
I have a 140 GB hardrive (with only 13gb free)
2.0 GhZ dual core processor
2046 MB of RAM.

I ran a speed test to test my internet connection here are the results:

Any suggestions please ... this is driving me nuts!

Also ... I feel like I should have way more free space on my hard drive. Any suggestions about that would be appreciated too!

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140 GB hardrive (with only 13gb free)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2007 1:19 AM PST

There's the clue. "140 GB hardrive (with only 13gb free)"

Vista has this feature where it's going to index all 127GB so SEARCH (might) works. What I found is that Vista likes to be left on for a day after we install everything so it's indexer gets done.

I have yet to find the kill switch for this.


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by John.Wilkinson / December 28, 2007 1:35 AM PST

By default Vista should only index C:\Users, omitting all of the Windows files, programs, etc. I've still found it to be horribly inefficient, though, so it's not a bad idea to customize it through Control Panel\System and Maintenance\Indexing Options. You can also disable the Windows Search service to ease the performance draw.


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I wonder about that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2007 2:03 AM PST
In reply to: Indexing...

While its documented to do that it doesn't explain why it took about a day for it to finish on a new laptop with just a dozen user files. The hard disk was busy for about a day. It still takes an hour for vista to stop looking.

Later I have to see if FILEMON is vista compatible to peek under the hood to see what it's up to.


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It's worse here...
by John.Wilkinson / December 28, 2007 5:40 AM PST
In reply to: I wonder about that.

It took three days to fully index my documents and e-mails alone (no multimedia), and even after repeatedly attempting to force it to rebuild the index it still refuses to acknowledge the renaming and moving of countless files. As with XP, I've given up on it. Works for some, but not for me.


-> Filemon hasn't been updated for Vista, but seems to work just the same.

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Several thoughts...
by John.Wilkinson / December 28, 2007 1:21 AM PST

1.) The abnormally large display that returns to normal sounds like a potential driver issue. Identify your graphics card and download the latest driver updates from the card's manufacturer.

2.) Install/run BHODemon to disable/remove any/all unnecessary Browser Helper Objects installed for IE.

3.) Identify your internet security software, as some have known issues and/or settings that need to be disabled.

4.) Review this sticky post to track down all of your missing hard drive space. 13GB is far too little unless you've been ripping your CD/DVD collection to it.

5.) Press ctrl + alt + Esc to launch the Task Manager, then watch the Performance tab. Jot down the RAM (first column second row graph) and Paging File ("System" text box shows used/total) usage, and watch for any CPU spikes. The Process tab can give you an idea of what program's using the most resources.

6.) It might not hurt to run Memtest86, just in case you have a case of faulty RAM. Not common for a new Dell system, but it's worth checking nevertheless.

Let us know.

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And Have You Tried?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 28, 2007 4:15 AM PST

...simply shutting down some of those unnecessary background services that don't need to be running at startup.. Click on the link below, look to the chart in the middle of the page and change your services to the "Safe" column, at least..:

Hope this helps.


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