My Computer Video Got Slow

Posted on 2000-05-02
Last Modified: 2010-04-27
My computer used to be fast.  Now, it is slow.  The problem seemed to start when I tried running some streaming video from a website.  

Examples of slow:  

   1.  When I select all the text in a document, the selection mask seems to move slowly down the page, instead of just snapping down the page.  Does not seem to matter what I am running (Office, Eudora email, whatever).

   2.  Come to think of it, seems to be mostly a video problem.  Disk and network access seems fine.

Any suggestions on how to fix this?

p.s.  The computer is a Tecra 8000 (Toshiba laptop), with a Pentium II (about 400 MHz I think), 4 GIG drive, 192 Meg of RAM, running NT Workstation 4.0.
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Expert Comment

ID: 2770294
1) Verify free space
2) Delete all temp files ( in c:\windows\temp)
3) Flush your internet cache.
4) trash : must be empty.
5) scandisk + defrag

Author Comment

ID: 2770616
I tried all those luck.

I have noticed that the problem is worse when I am running off the battery, as opposed to the power cord plugged into the wall.

Expert Comment

ID: 2770777

- Verify Energy saver parameters !!!
Bad configuration =  bad performance

running with battery = low performance, but more time  ... ( cpu speed reduced, hard disk off ... )

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Author Comment

ID: 2771641
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Author Comment

ID: 2771642
Thanks again...but no luck again.  I reset all the power management parameters back to their defaults.

Maybe this is harder than I thought

Expert Comment

ID: 2772213
Windows / Control Panel / add-remove program :

-> Desinstall program(s) like real player

Author Comment

ID: 2773235
My plan is to rebuild the system from the operating system up.


Accepted Solution

turbo12 earned 75 total points
ID: 2775688
Website streaming? Try a virus check first.  There are some lovely Direct X cooties out there that you can get when surfing w/Internet Explorer.
Check your Device Manager, MSD (win95 & below) or System Information (win98).

Device Manager: (You probably know this) Check for Red X's and Yellow ?'s. If you find any, you will know what needs to be replaced or reworked.

MSD: msd.exe is a diagnostic tool. You can locate it using Find. Warning- you might want to run this from dos prompt.

System Information: START\Programs\Accessories\System Tools\System Information.  Once the program is open, click Components and Problem devices. If any, you'll know what needs to be replaced or reworked.

Check TSR's and other background programs.
Reboot your system. Wait until windows has fully loaded (touch NOTHING till then). Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete (once only!). "End Task" on everything except "Explorer" and "Systray". (sorry, no way to do more than one at a time). Check system performance after each "End Task". If your system suddenly gets it's old pep back, you've located the problem. (last program closed).
If none of this helps, then I don't have a answer for you.
Good Luck.


Author Comment

ID: 2775718
Tubro12, I am running NT workstation....

Does that change any of your instructions?

I am a software engineer, but I really don't know Windows operating systems at the level you are mentioning.  I think I can follow the directions though.

I'll give it a shot once I hear back from you

Expert Comment

ID: 2776399
I am guessing your computer is a stand-alone computer and not part of a network. You'll love this site for learning purposes.

#1 - Virus scan will work if you have the software installed.

#2 - Device Manager is found in your Control Panel. I don't personally use NT on my home sys, so bear w/me.  You should find your Control Panel in your Start menu or wherever you normally access your programs. Once Control Panel is open, Device Manager is usually found by double-clicking the System icon. You can always use Help to learn how to locate this utility.

#3 - I honestly don't know if you have System Information under NT. I would appreciate it if you'd let me know one way or the other.

#4 - The TSR directions should work fine.

Let me know how it turns out.

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