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old desktop running like a dog...although some dogs run well

by bucky236 / May 3, 2007 7:43 AM PDT

Greetings...older Dell running WinME...have a new laptop so haven't dealt with the old computer but now I have some time...

It's running very odd...if it's on too long then problems get "skips and stalls"...I'm sure there is a better term...for example the clock will end up being way behind...other programs don't run well...Disk Fragmenter doesn't do anything...etc.

How can I clean it up and then any suggestions on what to do with an old computer?


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Have you been keeping up with the yearly cleaning.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2007 7:48 AM PDT

You know, cover off, dust it out, a shot of compressed air on the heatsinks then check the fans and button it up?


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by bucky236 / May 4, 2007 1:35 AM PDT

I'm a medical student and the computer was in storage for a started to run poorly before I moved it into storage...

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by nvo / May 4, 2007 2:03 AM PDT
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winME is not really supported anymore by MS i dont think. So OS performance is not an option. Virus check it.

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Reinstall option
by linkit / May 4, 2007 2:15 AM PDT

As another poster mentioned, you probably want to clean it of viruses and spyware. You could install antivirus and antispyware utilities and complete the scans.

If you haven't reinstalled the OS in a long time, it's probably a good idea to start fresh now. Format the hard drive and reinstall Windows ME or a free Linux distribution.

I'd just format and install the free Linux distribution.

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by bucky236 / May 4, 2007 8:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Reinstall option

thanks for your response...pardon my naivity but I don't know what installing the Linux distribution means or where I'd get it. Would I need to back up all my files prior?

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Always backup before a clean install of an OS
by linkit / May 4, 2007 8:31 AM PDT
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Linux is is an operating system (OS). There are many different Linux distributions (versions) available.

Here is one website's opinion of a top ten list:

Lately I have been using free PCLinuxOS and Ubuntu.

You would need to backup all important files before performing a clean/fresh install of any OS, including any Linux distribution or Windows version.

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It's a good idea to have a Linux distribution around on a Live CD. The Live CD allows you to run the OS from the CD without installing it to the hard drive. It's a great for getting a feel for a Linux distribution without having to install it to your hard drive. The Live CD usually gives you an option for installing it to your hard drive.

Live CD's are also valuable troubleshooting and recovery tools, too. If Windows ME is damaged and you can't access your personal files, boot to the Live CD and copy your files to external or removable media. If you aren't sure if your hardware is malfunctioning or your OS is causing the problem, boot to the Live CD; if the hardware works with the Live CD, then it's very likely that your OS software was causing the problem.

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