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Slow XP Home Media Center and odd things during bootup

By CrustyOldGeezer
Aug 17, 2007
  1. It's a Gateway Laptop ver.68.04
    AMD K8 1.6meg CPU
    ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M Series 64mb
    80 Gig HD
    MS Media Center SP2.0

    Direct connect to cable modem.

    It takes 7-8 minutes to accept any keystrokes.

    task manager shows a lot of processes during startup that disappear soon after it starts accepting keystrokes.

    One of which is regedit.

    After loading FireFox, the screen flashes a few time, and small windows flash open then close immediately.

    Too fast to read.

    I have been running just about every utility program that I thought may help.

    The Geek Squad set it up when we first bought it last year, and it has been slow ever since. I asked them to not put on all the advertising garbage like the "bestbuy best deals, AOL, Superfix, etc. They did anyway.

    Here's my log files.

    Please let me know what to do short of tossing it into the river.

    Thanks,

    Drew
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    One of the reasons why your system is so slow, is because you`re running more than one antivirus programme.

    Run this Symantic/Norton removal Tool.

    Then, install one of these free Firewall programmes.

    Zonealarm, Kerio or Comodo free firewall programmes.

    Then, follow the instructions HERE and post all the requested logfiles.

    Regards Howard :)

    This thread is for the use of CrustyOldGeezer only. Please don`t post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
     
  3. CrustyOldGeezer

    CrustyOldGeezer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    I apologize for taking so long to get this done.

    I really do appreciate the help,

    Drew
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Your log files are clean.

    How`s your system running?

    Regards Howard :)

    This thread is for the use of CrustyOldGeezer only. Please don`t post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
     
  5. CrustyOldGeezer

    CrustyOldGeezer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    extremely slow.

    Even changing the font or cell size in excel takes an incredible amount of time.

    It still takes 5-6 minutes to boot to a point where it accepts keyboard/mouse input.

    Is there ever a legitimate reason for windows media player or windows explorer to access the internet?

    Windows explorer tries numerous time through svchost.eve, and media player does it repeatedly.

    Do I need to "allow" or "deny" in the firewall?

    Thanks again,

    Drew
     
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Have you error checked and defragmented your hard drive recently?
     
  7. CrustyOldGeezer

    CrustyOldGeezer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Well, does recently extend back 3 weeks?

    I checked and defragged (with norton speeddisk), but not since.

    As soon as the daily AV scan is done I'll do it again though.

    It can't hurt too much... :)

    There is only 13 gig used with 64 gig free.

    No errors.
     
  8. CrustyOldGeezer

    CrustyOldGeezer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24


    2 minutes from power on to website on the screen.

    AWESOME!!!

    Thanks.

    I did do a few things on my own that I may pay for later, but so far no problems.

    I went into services and disabled the TV tuner stuff, and a few more items that I still don't think I'm ever gonna use.

    Life is GOOD.

    Have a really good day.

    Drew
     
  9. CrustyOldGeezer

    CrustyOldGeezer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Howard, I'm back on my desktop now.

    Thanks to you and others, Mamas laptop is up and running very nicely.

    She kicked me off "her" computer and made me fix my own toy... :)

    Thanks for everything.

    Drew
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    No problem mate and thanks for taking the time to let us know.

    If you have any further virus/spyware problems, please post in this thread.

    Regards Howard :)

    This thread is for the use of CrustyOldGeezer only. Please don`t post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
     
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