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Slow pc....


FPCH New Member
Oct 17, 2007
My laptop (Sony Viao 2 yrs old, with 60G hard driver, 27G available) is now very slow, to the point where it is almost unusable sometimes. It's very slow when staring up and then when running, slow to open / change applications. Then when I try anything with sound - iTunes, Skype, audio files from web - the sound quality is terrible, grating / staccato / metallic.

Any pointers where to start?


FPCH Member
Jun 29, 2007
PC Experience
Operating System
hi macbj
go to start then run type in #(without the qoutes) msconfig
click on the startup tab then note what is ticked, post that to us.
download ccleaner from www.ccleaner.com install this untick google bar.
then right click recycle bin then click run ccleaner wait for at least 6-7 mins initially.
this will remove all temp files and un wanted bloat.
defrag your hard drive also.start>run>accessories>system tools>disk defragmenter.
aslo what is your memory load like. right click your taskbar (var at the bottom to the right of start button) then click task manager, click on performance note down your total "physical memory2 and availble memory. also what is the cpu usage like.
ps try running a scan to make sure you have no nasties here is the link www.trendmicro.com
hope that helps


FPCH New Member
Oct 17, 2007
Thanks (again!)

Ham fisted with the keyboard so posted last reply before it was finished.

So, tried the defrag and scan with little benefit.

The start up files checked are
googletoolbar notifier

There are loads more listed, but not checked - think a work collegue may have tried this for me....

As for physical memory:

Total 522,672
Avail 285, 528
Cache 270,644

At the time there were 42 processes running (outlook webmail, a webpage, adobe pdf and word doc open) and cpu usage was 2%.

Does this make anything clearer??

Thanks again