Computer slow to respond after having been left unnatended

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When I return to my computer the tabs of my open programs are covered by a blue line and it can take up to 30 seconds for the computer to respond.  My computer is new and powerful.
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Do you have any processes set to run when the system is idle for a period of time, such as a virus scan or defrag?
Sometimes these "services" don't release the resources they are using right away when you return.
Geert GOracle dba
Top Expert 2009

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check the properties of the power options
right click on the desktop, properties, power saving options

maybe the disc drive is powered down after a certain amount of time

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As far as I am aware there are no virus scans or defrags running.

I checked the power save options but I found no settings/preferences that would account for what is happening.
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Geert GOracle dba
Top Expert 2009

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after you restart, open task manager and check what process is running at 100%

for my laptop, i have oracle installed which takes a backup ... just a sample
Top Expert 2010

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can you post a picture ?
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My Task Manager does not have the capacity to say at what level processes are running at.  maybe I am missing something.
Top Expert 2010

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this is a graphic driver issue.
so reinstall or get updated drivers.
check directx version and upgrade to newest one.

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See screenshot attached
Blue-Line.doc
Top Expert 2009

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Right click on the taskbar and untick desktop search.
See if that makes any difference
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Try this :
go to control panel>system>advanced>settings> and set 'adjust for best preformance'.
Then tell me how it goes...
Geert GOracle dba
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
it's the CPU column
if this column is not visible then use the menu View / Select columns ...

if the CPU column is at more than 80% then that process is the one causing the problem
off course, except the System Idle Process
If Hibernate is on in the Power Saving features, knock it off, I tend also to set monitor to turn off Never, and not use a Screen Saver.  (Apologies to The Environment).  

In my experience there are too many pieces of software out there that have issues with these things being left on.

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Problem has not been resolved.  But I am prepared to abandon at this stage
Top Expert 2009
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Unchecking desktop search made no difference?

Have you tried changing the theme to windows classic and see if it goes blue?

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I have changed the theme back to windows classic and there has been a significant improvement

Author

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I have changed the theme back to windows classic and there has been a significant improvement
Geert GOracle dba
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
you can even do more:
right click on my computer, properties
tab advanced, hit button settings in performance section

set adjust for best performance

this unchecks all nice thingys like window fading, animations, etc

then hit ok

after you can set individual options back on
to see which was the worst on performance
Geert GOracle dba
Top Expert 2009

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you can accept multiple answers ... next time ...

Author

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Properties on my computer only gives me a general tab
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Glad that helped.

Are you missing these tabs?
performance.JPG

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I found performance under system in the control panel.  It had already been set at adjust for best performance.

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