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ianhnz
03-01-2011, 12:02 PM
Hi guys.

As some will know I was gifted an old laptop, of which I am very grateful.

Problem is it's very slow. I tried threats, but still dragging the chain...

I did a format reinstall of Windows XP Home and have done all the sodden updates.

It only has 512 MB's shared ram and can take a max of 1 Gb.

Problem is, being on Invalids have few resource to be able to update.

I was told, today, that it's possible to strip Windows to make it run faster.

If this is true, can you please, explain in lay man's terms what can be done?

Thought of Linux, but when I tried installing couldn't get WiFi going and I need that.

Thanks for any advise,

Ian.

SP8's
03-01-2011, 12:59 PM
What are the full specs of the lappy ... CPU especially. You may be able to pick up some cheap RAM off Trademe which would help ... unless it's "naturally" slow because of the CPU.

Not sure of what can be taken off XP ... but most of the "excess" just sits there and does nothing unless your using it anyway ... may be something else causing the problem.

ianhnz
03-01-2011, 01:28 PM
What are the full specs of the lappy ... CPU especially. You may be able to pick up some cheap RAM off Trademe which would help ... unless it's "naturally" slow because of the CPU.

Not sure of what can be taken off XP ... but most of the "excess" just sits there and does nothing unless your using it anyway ... may be something else causing the problem.
Its an ASUS M8000. Intel Celeron 335. Core 256 Byts. speed 2800. L1 Data 16 Kbs, Trace 12 Kuops, L2 Has 2X 256 Mbs PC 2700. All above makes no sence just what COUZ says...
Been told to be wary of Trade Me ram. Like whats happens when it don't work.

ianhnz
03-01-2011, 01:32 PM
Or http://www.notebook-pcs.com/194.html

zqwerty
03-01-2011, 01:47 PM
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

Use the 'Safe' settings I am presuming you have SP3, I have a few other tips which will be useful to you, will leave till later after you have done this.

With those specs it should be fairly fast, I was using a Pentium 3 1Ghz with 375 meg ram and it was use-able after all mods applied from Black Viper plus a few specials which I will post later.

zqwerty
03-01-2011, 02:02 PM
Also post Hijackthis log so we can see what other crap is running. Make sure you have System Restore on so that if you make a 'blue' you can recover elegantly without a re-install.

ianhnz
03-01-2011, 02:11 PM
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

Use the 'Safe' settings I am presuming you have SP3, I have a few other tips which will be useful to you, will leave till later after you have done this.

With those specs it should be fairly fast, I was using a Pentium 3 1Ghz with 375 meg ram and it was use-able after all mods applied from Black Viper plus a few specials which I will post later.

Thanks, report back latter

ianhnz
03-01-2011, 02:43 PM
Also post Hijackthis log so we can see what other crap is running. Make sure you have System Restore on so that if you make a 'blue' you can recover elegantly without a re-install.

Thanks. Yes System Restore is on for drive C:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 2:39:39 p.m., on 3/01/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17093)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cmdagent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\acs.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FWService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\snmp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cfp.exe
C:\Program Files\BillP Studios\WinPatrol\winpatrol.exe
C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FirewallGUI.exe
D:\PROGRAM FILES\IOBIT\IOBIT SMARTDEFRAG\IOBIT SMARTDEFRAG.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\Atheros\ACU.exe
C:\PROGRAM FILES\Google\GOOGLE TALK\GOOGLETALK.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Wireless LAN Utility\SiWake.exe
C:\Program Files\TClock2000b\TClock.exe
D:\Program Files\Traffic Usage Checker\TUC.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\JAVA\JAVA UPDATE\JUSCHED.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\R2 STUDIOS\HIDEOE\HIDEOE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe
C:\ALARM95\ALARM95.EXE
C:\Documents and Settings\Ian\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl - {E7E6F031-17CE-4C07-BC86-EABFE594F69C} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [COMODO Internet Security] "C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cfp.exe" -h
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinPatrol] C:\Program Files\BillP Studios\WinPatrol\winpatrol.exe -expressboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [00PCTFW] "C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FirewallGUI.exe" -s
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SmartDefrag] "D:\PROGRAM FILES\IOBIT\IOBIT SMARTDEFRAG\IOBIT SMARTDEFRAG.EXE" /StartUp
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ACU] C:\PROGRAM FILES\Atheros\ACU.exe -nogui
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [googletalk] C:\PROGRAM FILES\Google\GOOGLE TALK\GOOGLETALK.EXE /autostart
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [googletalk] C:\PROGRAM FILES\Google\GOOGLE TALK\GOOGLETALK.EXE /autostart
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'Default user')
O4 - S-1-5-18 Startup: TClock.lnk = C:\Program Files\TClock2000b\TClock.exe (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - S-1-5-18 Startup: Traffic Usage Checker.lnk = D:\Program Files\Traffic Usage Checker\TUC.exe (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - .DEFAULT Startup: TClock.lnk = C:\Program Files\TClock2000b\TClock.exe (User 'Default user')
O4 - .DEFAULT Startup: Traffic Usage Checker.lnk = D:\Program Files\Traffic Usage Checker\TUC.exe (User 'Default user')
O4 - Startup: TClock.lnk = C:\Program Files\TClock2000b\TClock.exe
O4 - Startup: Traffic Usage Checker.lnk = D:\Program Files\Traffic Usage Checker\TUC.exe
O4 - Global Startup: SiWake.lnk = C:\Program Files\Wireless LAN Utility\SiWake.exe
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1291772588869
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Browseui preloader - {438755C2-A8BA-11D1-B96B-00A0C90312E1} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O23 - Service: Atheros Configuration Service (ACS) - Atheros - C:\WINDOWS\system32\acs.exe
O23 - Service: COMODO Internet Security Helper Service (cmdAgent) - COMODO - C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cmdagent.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate) (gupdate) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Java Quick Starter (JavaQuickStarterService) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
O23 - Service: PC Tools Firewall Plus (PCToolsFirewallPlus) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FWService.exe

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End of file - 5526 bytes

ianhnz
03-01-2011, 02:44 PM
Thanks, report back latter

I had a look at the site. Um didn't mean nothing, to me, so before I stuffed it up I closed it.

Way beyond me. Dah...

zqwerty
03-01-2011, 03:01 PM
You have a fair amount running in the background which could be only used when necessary like Google update for instance.

ianhnz
03-01-2011, 03:04 PM
You have a fair amount running in the background which could be only used when necessary like Google update for instance.

Yes, I agree, but I've through it and don't know what else to take out. I'm thinking it's all required "stuff"...

The Error Guy
03-01-2011, 03:24 PM
Well, I can see a lot of AV and protection stuff that will most likely be running most of the time.

I guess you want an easy an hassle free way of freeing stuff up, so try soluto from www.soluto.com It only does stuff that runs on startup but that should do something for you.

Paul.Cov
03-01-2011, 03:37 PM
It's a Celeron, and 325MHz - both kinda low-spec features.

If you intend to keep it OFFLINE, then ditch all the protection features - firewall, Antivirus etc.
Lower the resolution, have a plain, solid colour background instead of a wallpaper.
Set the Desktop theme to Windows Classic.
If it has any USB, it's likely to be USB1, so patience is called for!

Terry Porritt
03-01-2011, 04:34 PM
It's a Celeron, and 325MHz - both kinda low-spec features.

If you intend to keep it OFFLINE, then ditch all the protection features - firewall, Antivirus etc.
Lower the resolution, have a plain, solid colour background instead of a wallpaper.
Set the Desktop theme to Windows Classic.
If it has any USB, it's likely to be USB1, so patience is called for!


Er.......cpu is 2.8GHz

It was said that XP was re-installed, but a great heap of 'crap' also seems to have been added, much of which does not need to be running except when needed.

There also appears to be 2 firewalls, Commodo and PC Tools FW ?

Things like Java update, jusched.exe dont need to be running, you can manually update from time to time.

Tclock seems unecessary, internet synch is built into XP.

IOBIT software can be suspect, I wouldn't have Smartdefrag running all the time, not needed. It could well slow things down. In fact I'd dump it.

Get rid of all updaters like Google update

The list goes on, not really surprising the PC is slow, it is trying to do a lot behind your back.

Edit:When you install programs the golden rule is never accept the default settings, use custom settings and uncheck all the crap and phone home stuff, sys. tray, quick launch s/cuts toolbars etc that they try to foist on the unsuspecting :)

feersumendjinn
03-01-2011, 04:47 PM
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=27116

I did a format reinstall of Windows XP Home and have done all the sodding updates.
Including motherboard drivers? (Specifically any chipset drivers esp for HDD (link (http://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx?lang=eng)))

zqwerty
05-01-2011, 09:11 AM
Speedy we didn't do too well with this post.