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Windows 2003 based server running very slow

By SittingDuckie
Jul 18, 2008
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  1. Hi all,

    I am currently on a voluntary placement in Indonesia helping out an NGO with some I.T. They have a windows 2003 server with the following specs thats causing me some grief, and I was hoping you could help

    Specs
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8I848P775-G
    CPU: Intel pentium 4 775
    GPU: Radeon 9250 128MB DDR 64-bit
    HD: Seagate barricuda 7200: 1x 120GB, 1x320GB
    PSU: 400w XA SIMBIO
    RAM: 1GB Hynix DDR PC3200
    OS : Windows server 2003

    Problem
    The problem is very slow running and slow response times. The PC POSTs normally, but loading of the operating system is very slow. It takes 1-2 minutes from POST to login screen. Loading then takes a long time. After this, I can open the start menu, bit it is a little slow. Opening the programs sub-menu is then very very slow, causing the computer to freeze. Any intensive task also causes the computer to freeze for a long time before the operation is completed.

    What I have Tried
    I opened the box up to check for dust. Its a pretty clean machine. CPU temperature is approx 40c according to BIOS system monitor. Several reboots have of course been tried. I have tried loading fail-safe defaults. Task manager shows no abnormal processes or excessively high usage for any processes.
    I have loaded msconfig and switched to minimal boot. This resulted in only a minor improvement.

    Misc
    The problem is complicated in that this organisation is non-profit, and so I cannot simply try replacing parts until something improves. My take on the specifications is that this machine should run smoothly. I have the option to re-install with windows XP or with server 2003 again. The machine is intended to be used as a server, I was hoping to load MySQL onto it. The machine was pretty much unused for a long time before I arrived.

    All suggestions welcome, thanks,
    Kris
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    How about defragging the (C) hard drive and running a registry cleaner...
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