• Computer Slows Down Like FUCK
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So recently, after I reformatted and installed windows 7 on my computer(used to use XP), every game becomes unplayable. And whenever I'm downloading a file, or if I'm watching streaming videos, it'll lag like crazy. I can't even play cs 1.6 anymore, it's that bad. I don't know much about computers, so this is why I'm asking you guys, WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY COMPUTER? [IMG]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5616816/spec.png[/IMG]
did you install your drivers
Yes, all my drivers are up to date. When I was copying over my backed up files, my computer would slow down so much, it was unbearable. Was perfectly fine on windows xp. :(
I don't know, but you're wasting .5 GB of RAM, you should get a 64 bit OS.
[QUOTE=Ali Legend;24477159]I don't know, but you're wasting .5 GB of RAM, you should get a 64 bit OS.[/QUOTE] Hm, would RAM make it better? My brother is telling me that it's my processor. Would this be the culprit?
Is your hard drive IDE or SATA? IIRC IDE drives can reset into PIO mode which might be what you're describing, check if you can set it into Ultra DMA mode [editline]12:21AM[/editline] Happened to me, hardware interrupts would constantly 100% of my cpu. Especially when I was writing something.
[QUOTE=TriigerHappy;24477285]Is your hard drive IDE or SATA? IIRC IDE drives can reset into PIO mode which might be what you're describing, check if you can set it into Ultra DMA mode [editline]12:21AM[/editline] Happened to me, hardware interrupts would constantly 100% of my cpu. Especially when I was writing something.[/QUOTE] How do I find out if it's IDE or SATA? Also, what do you mean by hardware interrupts? My computer would be fine and dandy, it's only if I'm downloading something, or playing a game like cs:s. Because I lag in games if there are multiple people playing at the same time, and would be laggy as hell if I ever encountered more than one player.
[QUOTE=Fullsteel;24477225]Hm, would RAM make it better? My brother is telling me that it's my processor. Would this be the culprit?[/QUOTE] No, 4 GB that you have is more than enough for Windows 7. He means that redo the installation, but install Windows 7 64 bit on there. That way, it can use all 4 GB of your RAM effectively. Since you just installed Windows 7 not too long ago, it shouldn't be a big deal. It may or may not fix your issues though. But it could just because you reinstalled everything.
[QUOTE=Fullsteel;24477447]How do I find out if it's IDE or SATA? Also, what do you mean by hardware interrupts? My computer would be fine and dandy, it's only if I'm downloading something, or playing a game like cs:s. Because I lag in games if there are multiple people playing at the same time, and would be laggy as hell if I ever encountered more than one player.[/QUOTE] [img]http://gallery.techarena.in/data/513/sata-ide_lg.jpg[/img] Look at your HDD. Above means you have IDE. Below means you have SATA.
So it's not my processor? Alright, I'll install win7 64 bit, need to back up everything. Gahhh Actually, wait, Ima take a look at my HDD. [editline]05:34PM[/editline] Well, apparently I can't install win7 64 bit, because my processor can't handle it. So I'm guessing it's my processor.
I have a 32bit P4 3ghz single core that runs Win 7 32 bit just fine, games and all. You have something wrong with your configuration, you're hardware should run things fine. So... Starting from the beginning: You install your OS. Then chipset drivers(such as from Intel). Then all OS updates(Win 7 for you). Then all drivers especially videocard(make sure it's Win7 specific driver). Then Directx update from Microsoft. At this point I'd recommend installing one game for testing. A game you are familiar with and that you can easily tell if it is running 'right'. If it is running okay, then you can proceed with other games, if not you'll need to stop here for more troubleshooting.
[QUOTE=Fullsteel;24477563] Well, apparently I can't install win7 64 bit, because my processor can't handle it. So I'm guessing it's my processor.[/QUOTE] Given that you have a 32bit P4, I'm going to assume that your graphics card is of the same standard (i.e. shit) Try disabling aero, although since it's automatically disabled whenever you start a fullscreen game it probably wouldn't make a difference. W7 [b]is[/b] more demanding than XP, but not incredibly so, you shouldn't be noticing a huge performance difference.
I'm thinking its your HDD, my desktop had this problem too
Sometimes on Windows XP everything just comes to a sudden [B]stop[/b] for me. I was running NOTEPAD and nothing else (Sure, there were the normal processes running, but I wasn't running anything like Half-Life 2 or Firefox) and my computer froze up as I was writing something. After an HOUR I finally rebooted.
There is no reason your performance should be [i]that[/i] much worse, however on hardware that age I recommend you stick with XP.
[QUOTE=Fullsteel;24476987]So recently, after I reformatted and installed windows 7 on my computer(used to use XP)[/QUOTE] Assuming that you are using Windows 7 for the first time on this computer, I'd say that you need to upgrade your computer for quite a bit in order for it to run Windows 7 smoothly, judging on the fact that you are still using a Pentium 4
Your HDD may be damaged, too.
[QUOTE=B1N4RY!;24484739]Assuming that you are using Windows 7 for the first time on this computer, I'd say that you need to upgrade your computer for quite a bit in order for it to run Windows 7 smoothly, judging on the fact that you are still using a Pentium 4[/QUOTE] A Pentium 4 should have absolutely no trouble with Windows 7. XP would still be more optimal though.
[QUOTE=TheGuru;24485187]A Pentium 4 should have absolutely no trouble with Windows 7. XP would still be more optimal though.[/QUOTE] I'm generalizing the specification of his entire computer judging from the CPU.
Even so it should still have no problems. He does have 4gb of ram, and the video card is largely irrelevant as even my shitty integrated card has no trouble with Aero let alone just running a basic theme.
Either way, we still wouldn't know the full specifications of his computer, nor the upgrades he have previously done to it (if any).
-sigh- Even the shittiest computers these days should have no problem running Windows 7 unless their hardware is damaged. Assuming he made no hardware changes between changing from XP to W7 we can assume all his parts/upgrades don't hate each other so that's not the problem either. It sounds like a hard drive problem, check the BIOS for some settings regarding, I had to fiddle around with mine on one my PCs, but I forget exactly what I had to do.
[QUOTE=TheGuru;24485427]-sigh- Even the shittiest computers these days should have no problem running Windows 7 unless their hardware is damaged.[/QUOTE] That's a huge no-no.
You do realise that netbooks run W7 flawlessly right? And they typically run a single core Atom @ 1.6 GHz, 1 gb of ram and integrated graphics.
[QUOTE=TheGuru;24485571]You do realise that netbooks run W7 flawlessly right? And they typically run a single core Atom @ 1.6 GHz, 1 gb of ram and integrated graphics.[/QUOTE] And you do realize that's not defined as "the shittiest computers in the world" right? And W7 doesn't run "flawlessly" on a netbook with those specs. It will run, but very slowly.
By shittiest computers these days I mean computers built basically during the lifetime of Windows XP. [editline]06:22PM[/editline] Regardless this guys PC has more power than a netbook so your argument is invalid, and I'm done here trying to convince you you don't need an amazing computer to run an operating system.
[QUOTE=TheGuru;24485632]Regardless this guys PC has more power than a netbook so your argument is invalid, [b]and I'm done here trying to convince you you don't need an amazing computer to run an operating system.[/b][/QUOTE] It's rather funny that you are trying to "convince" me a statement that is completely unrelated to what I was implying to, and is acting so smug about it. You're right about not needing a whop-ass PC to run a specific OS, and I have never argued against it. You on the other hand, have completely ignored the factor of how well it will run on the system. Just because a operating system can run on one system, it doesn't mean all other systems will run at a equal speed. I have had a computer with a similar PC to the one which the OP have (3.2ghz P4 HT, 2GB RAM, Geforce 6200, IDE HDD), and Windows 7 does not run too smoothly on it, in terms of performance and startup speed when compared to XP. Plus the fact that the OP have clearly stated that he have noticed the decrease in performance the ever since he installed Windows 7, it makes the suspicion of an out-dating computer more significant.
So guys, what exactly is the problem with my PC again? So you guys are saying my hardware should be fine right? Cause, everything's fine, it's only when I'm downloading, or playing vidya. Like, if I play with more than 3 people in a server like 1.6, I'd be lagging like crazy. So really, it's only when I'm downloading. Everything will be really really slow. (While music is playing it'll get choppy, my mouse will stutter, I'd feel heat from my computer, etc..)
My old computer has 3ghz Pentium 4, 2GB RAM and Radeon 9600 and it runs Windows 7 perfectly. Better than XP.
[QUOTE=Akasori;24524802]My old computer has 3ghz Pentium 4, 2GB RAM and Radeon 9600 and it runs Windows 7 perfectly. Better than XP.[/QUOTE] So you have no problems with it? I'm really wondering why my computer is acting so weird, it ran much better on windows XP.
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