Why does my HP Pavilion 8290 Run So Slow ?

By mavic517
Jul 25, 2009
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  1. I have about 46% unused on the disk.
    When I switch from aol to internet explorer it takes so much time.
    In fact, even when I go to "my documents", task manager, and every
    other application it moves so slow I can get up and wash dishes or
    something. Also when I switch applications it takes time for the screen
    to load..........the screen moves slowly from the top of the screen to
    the bottom. I have had a few alerts, saying I am low on vitural memory.
    Question: Are there things I can do to spead this tank up?
    Thanks for your time,
    Sincerely,
    mavic517 (steve)
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    How much ram does your computer have? There is a chance it may be faulting, but let's check out other areas first. Do you run security software? How big is your pagefile? Do you defrag you harddrive often? (once / week recommended). Try these links...
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic58138.html
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic62524.html
    Also, one more thing, what operating system does it have? Do you have the o/s CD to reload the o/s and start fresh?
  3. SgtBlades

    SgtBlades Newcomer, in training Posts: 42

    woah, after doing a quick google of your pc, I found it was made to run Win95. If your computer is still the same with maybe an OS upgrade to WinXP, then the reason it's running so slow is that it's using at the max 384mb of RAM. Which is very little. I'm barely able to keep this cruddy laptop I'm using right now running with only 504mb of RAM and this was manufactured in 05. So... if this is the case: buy a new computer. Here are some sites I advise you to look through:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/
    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
    http://www.newegg.com/
    (piece of advice: don't buy from Dell or HP. They cost too much and you can get a better and cheaper build anyway if you build your own computer)
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

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