RunRyder RC
WATCH
 2 pages [ <<    <    ( 1 )     2     NEXT    >> ] 920 views POST REPLY
HomeOff Topics › anyone here good with windows XP?
02-06-2008 02:21 AM  10 years agoPost 1
streetluger56

rrNovice

New Britain, CT - USA

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I am having trouble with XP on my Gateway laptop. I have to wait for videos (youtube, etc) to load fully before playing so they wont skip and jump, music sometimes plays faster than normal...pretty much everything is slow. I would just reboot windows and start from scratch but im not sure if that would fix whatever my problem is, plus i cant find my windows cd since i moved... Does anyone here have any ideas? I think I have XP Pro.

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 03:25 AM  10 years agoPost 2
helo_chris

rrVeteran

goodlettsville, tn

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

You can to options>performance in WMP and set network buffering to 45secs and that will help. Are you on broadband? If so sounds like you are having some latency or bandwidth issues, try rebooting your modem and router if you have one. And check for apps running on your laptop soaking up bandwidth. P2P apps suck up a lot of bandwidth.

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 03:44 AM  10 years agoPost 3
greenmeanie

rrApprentice

connecticut

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Flash just had a recent update.
Try reinstalling it.

PM  EMAIL  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 03:46 AM  10 years agoPost 4
streetluger56

rrNovice

New Britain, CT - USA

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

ok so the only problem with that is I noticed that on startup, the windows chime that plays sounds choppy and skips too...that wont have anything to do with my internet connections, right?

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 03:52 AM  10 years agoPost 5
helo_chris

rrVeteran

goodlettsville, tn

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Nope. Go to task manager and see what processes are running. You have something slowing your laptop down. If you dont have it download Spybot and/or Ad-Aware and check for spyware and make sure your antivirus defs are up to date. After that run disk cleanup and reboot.

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 06:54 AM  10 years agoPost 6
helibandit

rrApprentice

Jacksonville, North Carolina - United States

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

yea sounds like either a piece of destructive software was installed on your pc or something needed was removed or backdated.. i would first after checking your running processes go to start/run and type dxdiag and make sure you are running dx9. if it says you are running dx8 or lower than you probly installed dx as you installed some other older program. go to the display tab and see if it says hardware acceleration is enabled or if it shows any problems. then go to the sound tab in dxdiag and see if it give any issues or if anything is disabled and run any tests it allows. if all checks good and you cant find any spyware or anything to remove try restoring windows to a date that you know it last worked right.

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 05:13 PM  10 years agoPost 7
streetluger56

rrNovice

New Britain, CT - USA

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

ok great, i will give those ideas a try, thanks helo_chris and heli bandit ill post how everything goes when i get out of work

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 05:17 PM  10 years agoPost 8
SSN Pru

rrElite Veteran

Taxachusetts

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

how long have you been using this installation?

when was the last time you defragmented your hard drive?

Have you ever used a program such as registry mechanic to clean out crap entries in the registry?

how much memory do you have installed?

how many programs do you have running at once?

first, go to start, run and type in msconfig. hit enter

then click on the startup tab and uncheck everything!

then exit and reboot.

you likely have way too many programs running on startup and it sounds like you have not properly maintained the OS.

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 05:20 PM  10 years agoPost 9
SSN Pru

rrElite Veteran

Taxachusetts

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

ok so the only problem with that is I noticed that on startup, the windows chime that plays sounds choppy and skips too...that wont have anything to do with my internet connections, right?
It has been my experience that any sound playback issues are almost always attributable to memory usage/allocation.

If it has been a while since the OS was installed, then the installation is likely very bloated and sloppy.

I personally wipe my OS every 12-18 months or so and perform a clean installation. The speed differences are amazing. And I routinely maintain all aspects of my machine and the OS.

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 05:23 PM  10 years agoPost 10
SSN Pru

rrElite Veteran

Taxachusetts

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

another possibility in addition to those mentioned above are what helo_chris has suggested.

I had a hidden installaion of an IRC bot installed on my laptop along with all the shared files for it to share. I had lapsed with my antivirus definitions and played roulette with the internet. I lost.

the IRC bot even stopped my run dialog from opening so I couldn't do anything.

A clean install of the OS fixed everything!

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 05:59 PM  10 years agoPost 11
helibandit

rrApprentice

Jacksonville, North Carolina - United States

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

yea that would fix the problem but seing as how he is guessing as to what operating system he is using he could end up worse off then he is right now.. a little studdering of sound and video is more then likely one simple problem and not the bloat. everytime someone has a problem everyone automaticaly tells them they have spyware and they need to download this and that or they need to format the drive. most of the problems people have are self inflicted IE deleting something they shouldnt have or installing something they shouldnt have.. also if you mantain your computer you shouldnt have to reformat every so many months.. one example of destructed software i was talking about is certain DVD playback/burning programs that will work great durring the trail period but once the trial expires it will make it so every other player on your computer including windows media player will no longer play DVD's without studders and sound skip leaving you to believe that the only fix is to purchase their software when all you realy need to do is uninstall the program. i would certainly check all startup programs via msconfig startup tab. if you dont know the abreviated pragram names you can type them in google or your preffered search engine and see if its something you need or want. if either you cant find any info on the program then first shut it down and next try to find the .exe file and get it deleted and also from the registry. if you cant find any info on it then it probly wont be found by an antivirus or spyware program.. in this case you could download and run hijack this and submit the report to computer related forum. do the same thing under the services tab in msconfig. i would not suggest shutting down everything because depending on how your computer is setup it might not even start again without some work. one way to narrow it down is it will give you the option to hide all microsoft services then you may only have to sift through a few. as i stated before i would check your DX version and make sure your drivers are all installed and arent the generic ones as those WILL cause studders.. any number of things can cause these changes. make sure windows is up to date also although that wont cause the problem you are having NOR will not having the latest flash version installed. because a new version of something comes out doesnt make the version you been running cause problems unless its just REALY old stuff. defragmenting wont cause this either. if all that fails restore back to a date when it last worked like it should. if it comes down to reformating be prepared to back up all documents on the drive and know your gonna lose all installed programs and anything purchased you will have to request a new key for it. i dont think it should come to this. if you need a new disk might i suggest purchasing an OEM copy from newegg or ebay or pretty much anywhere you will save about a hundered bucks and its the exact same thing you would buy at circuit city or the like. if you need help installing we can help you.

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 06:00 PM  10 years agoPost 12
SSN Pru

rrElite Veteran

Taxachusetts

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

studdering sound is not his only complaint. Overall system speed being slow is another...
i would not suggest shutting down everything because depending on how your computer is setup it might not even start again without some work.
unchecking all programs listed int he startup tab on msconfig will do nothing to the OS related startup routine. Those programs are add-ons that have the option of booting at startup. Most of them are useless like update checkers and system tray BS.

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 06:08 PM  10 years agoPost 13
SSN Pru

rrElite Veteran

Taxachusetts

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

if you need help installing we can help you.
lol we can't do a thing if he can't get online while re-installing

another option other than re-installing which you could try first is the "Repair" option on the XP disk. Of course you'd have to get another disk first.

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 06:18 PM  10 years agoPost 14
helibandit

rrApprentice

Jacksonville, North Carolina - United States

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

unchecking all programs listed int he startup tab on msconfig will do nothing to the OS related startup routine. Those programs are add-ons that have the option of booting at startup. Most of them are useless like update checkers and system tray BS.
that was directed more to the services tab although that may not have been clear. shut down everything under the services tab will cause problems.

overall system being slow to someone who is not very computer literate (and im not trying to say the guy is stupid just not PC savy) can be missinterpreted <SP for instance if for some reason the drivers were dumped you would get studders of both sound and video and simple tasks like scrolling in internet explorer would be slow and jerky making the system apear slow. if the system was packed full of programs even spyware it wont make the system slower unless the programs are in use wich is why he should check to whats running like you said. i dont care one way or another what he ends up doing but i think we should let him know there are other options then reformatting (although i do think its a good learning experience) it just sucks that everytime someone has a computer problem people just tell them to reinstall everything.... kinda like on a car forum if someone said my car wont start and people were like.... the motors shot just buy a new car when all it might realy need is a new starter battery seloniod etc. i dont even know who said to reformat dont care my response wasnt directed at you umdpru.

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 06:24 PM  10 years agoPost 15
helibandit

rrApprentice

Jacksonville, North Carolina - United States

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

lol we can't do a thing if he can't get online while re-installing

another option other than re-installing which you could try first is the "Repair" option on the XP disk. Of course you'd have to get another disk first
no u are right but i kinda figured he would ask for the help PRIOR to attempting the reinstall lol. the repair option does work quite well and salvages most of your installed programs and all your documents however and im not just trying to dissagree with you because i do agree however just to throw it out there it probly wont get tid of a menacing virus or a problem program and it will remove all the drivers and stuff also. the repair fixes the windows installation only but that is more than likely fine if he isnt getting any errors or anything.

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 06:39 PM  10 years agoPost 16
SSN Pru

rrElite Veteran

Taxachusetts

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

yeah, i agree.

I was specifically talking about the startup tab in msconfig not the services tab. I've never messed with that tab for fear of screwing something up royally. I'm not that brave .

A good virus check, spyware check, and shutting down all unecessary running programs and then evaluating the driver situation should do the trick but this may be asking too much from a person who isn't a power user.

The clean-install option is always the last and most desparate but ALWAYS works

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 06:42 PM  10 years agoPost 17
helibandit

rrApprentice

Jacksonville, North Carolina - United States

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

The clean-install option is always the last and most desparate but ALWAYS works
agreed

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 08:48 PM  10 years agoPost 18
streetluger56

rrNovice

New Britain, CT - USA

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

wow, lots of information! I used to be computer literate but I just stopped one day and forgot everything lol.. Everyone is right here, I really dont want to do a new install of windows so id rather learn how to dig through everything. I have a couple more hours left of work so when I get home, I will run Spybot and update McAffe...then next Ill do my best to summarize the posts this far into steps toward repairing this thing

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-06-2008 11:15 PM  10 years agoPost 19
helo_chris

rrVeteran

goodlettsville, tn

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Also DL this and run it, works great on trojans and those pesky bots.

http://www.freedrweb.com/cureit/

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
02-07-2008 12:53 AM  10 years agoPost 20
streetluger56

rrNovice

New Britain, CT - USA

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

That cure-it program doesnt run on my computer

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
WATCH
 2 pages [ <<    <    ( 1 )     2     NEXT    >> ] 920 views POST REPLY
HomeOff Topics › anyone here good with windows XP?
 Print TOPIC  Make Suggestion 

 4  Topic Subscribe

Wednesday, December 12 - 11:35 pm - Copyright © 2000-2018 RunRyder   EMAILEnable Cookies

The RC discussion world needs to consolidate. RR is now one choice for that. Its software is cutting edge. It hosts on-topic advertising. Help RR increase traffic buy making suggestions, posting in RR's new areas (sites) and by spreading the word.

The RunRyder Difference

• Category system to allow Rep/Vendor postings.
• Classifieds with sold (hidden) category.
• Classifieds with separate view new.
• Answer PMs offsite via email reply.
• Member gallery photos with advanced scripting.
• Gallery photo viewer integrated into postings.
• Highly refined search with advanced back end.
• Hosts its own high end fast response servers.
• Hosts thousands of HD event coverage videos.
• Rewrote entire code base with latest technology.
• No off-topic (annoying) click bait advertising.
Login Here
 New Subscriptions 
 Buddies Online