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Laptop Running EXTREMELY poorly.

By Vudew ยท 21 replies
Mar 6, 2007
  1. Ok.. i did a restore on my system a couple weeks ago and since then it has been running extremely sluggishly to start a program up and if i am installing anything, it is very bad.. i mean i cant use anything else at all if i'm installing. Also the sound is well.. dont know how to explain it.. kinda laggy i would say, sorry i am not the best at describing these things. but i also noticed it takes FOREVER to boot up.. like a couple minutes at least, where as before i ran the recovery disk it would be up in a matter of 60 seconds, max. attached is a HJT log. thing that has me worried is i ran AVG anti virus and it says boot sector result/infection as "Change" as well as kernel32 and shell32.. but when it finishes it says everything is clean. but anyways, any and all help would be appreciated.

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  2. mikescorpio81

    mikescorpio81 TS Rookie Posts: 293

    Try going through msconfig (Start - Run - Type: msconfig (Hit Enter)) and select the boot.ini tab. Tick the /SOS checkbox and reboot your laptop. Note if your PC hangs on any system file during start-up.
    While you are in msconfig, you could also try disabling and start-ups and services that aren't necessarily important.

    Post back with how you go.
  3. Vudew

    Vudew TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    ok did that, didnt seem to hang on anything, did come up with a screen that said something about muliprocessor kernel, then it indicated it hadx run a chkdisk or some sort and that everything was ok, also disabled everything in startup. but still took a bit for browser to open, but once it does, it runs fine after that, but still have the sluggishness, like mouse lag and such, and after updating sound drivers, its still all crackly, anyways, thanks in advance
  4. mikescorpio81

    mikescorpio81 TS Rookie Posts: 293

    Seems to have improved somewhat, disabling start-ups normally does.
    You could also try setting Windows to run for best performance, rather than appearance (Windows may look slightly more .. ugly after this!):

    Control Panel - System - Advanced Tab - Under performance: Settings - Under Visual effects, select "adjust for best performance".

    That will help quite a lot, however Windows will look a little different. Try clearing out Cache too with a nifty free program I love to use called CleanUp! (Find it here: http://www.stevengould.org/software/cleanup/download.html ).
  5. Vudew

    Vudew TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Well i dont think its that, i have 2gigs RAM, intel centrino duo processor, and ATI Radeon mobility x1400 512MB video card.. it should be able to run windows just fine without having to donw the graphics. but one thing it does seem to do that check disk at every boot.. so that is what is slowing down the boot process is there an option in windows to turn that off or any insight as to what may be causing it? as far as the sound.. its still crackly.. and mozilla takes like 1 min to start up the first time, but after the first start up it is fine. anyways, thanks in advance.
  6. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    it does not matter what u think windows is going to make a page file. I don't care if u have 4 gig of mem. it will make a page file. u can still check and it will have one (smaller is better than bigger)
  7. Vudew

    Vudew TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    huh? what does a page file have to do with this?
  8. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    the more one uses a page file the slower a system gets...
  9. Vudew

    Vudew TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    yes.. but the shock was wondering where your statements came from, as if we denied that windows made a page file...
  10. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 260

    Hey Vudew, when you start up, open task manager, and see how many processes are running, report back.
  11. Vudew

    Vudew TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    The only things running for my username are ctfmon.exe,firefox.exe,ati2evxx.exe,EXPLORER.exe, and taskmgr.exe
  12. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 260

    Hmmm..... I can think of MANY things in your hijackthis log that arent needed, and will start when you need the program, like media playing programs.
    If this is OK with you then I will re-post telling you what you can/should remove.

    Have you ran any other Spyware/Virus programs?

    I HIGHLY reccomend Spybot S&D, just like most people in these forums would.
    Also Ad-Aware SE does well, and I personally use "RegistryFix 5.5" for cleaning my registry. Reg.Fix is the only one of those programs that need paying for, however you can trial it.

    Do you do regularly Defrag your PC?

    These are just a few things.... ;)

    Get back with your opinions.

  13. Vudew

    Vudew TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    well, i turned everything off in msconfig startup. i defragged the C: drive last night, still have to do the D: drive, but it does seem to be running alot better now. but havnt had a chance to test the sound.
  14. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 260

    Do you want me to list the hijackthis entries you should remove?

    Have you tried my program suggestions?
  15. Vudew

    Vudew TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    not yet, but i will as soon as i can, and am going to suggest the registry fix program to my boss as we've been looking for a good one for the computers we have here at work. If there is a better one you know of, even if it costs more i would love a link to it. Thanks
  16. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 260

    It is very hard to find reg. programs out there that are LEGIT and not spyware or just crap! Many advertised ones give you egsadurated results to make you buy them..... but this one is definitely the best.

  17. mikescorpio81

    mikescorpio81 TS Rookie Posts: 293

    Registry Mechanic 4 is a good one ... but I doubt a registry clean will help. When you System Restored this would have reverted your registry and drivers back to the date you restored to.
    If it's problems with sound, re-install drivers. When I got you to edit your boot.ini file through msconfig (/SOS), you can disable that checkbox if you already haven't.

    How is it all running at this point?
  18. Vudew

    Vudew TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Well, as long as i dont reboot things seem to be running alot better. it only takes forever on the initial load, the sound yes, is still messed up even after updating from acer's website. But it seems to run a chkdisk everytime it boots. but eh.. i've just been setting it to standby when i go home at the end of the day.
  19. mikescorpio81

    mikescorpio81 TS Rookie Posts: 293

    Have you run through the check-disk or do you keep canceling or putting it off?
    To stop check-disk running at start-up everytime do the following (a registry cleanup may also fix this):
    Start - Run - Type: regedit (Hit Enter) - Browse to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager BootExecute

    You may find this: autocheck autochk /f * and if so, remove it.

    We can't have you not shutting down ... your PC needs to eventually! :grinthumb
  20. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

  21. hartjm

    hartjm TS Rookie

    Most likely cause of your problem!

    Please check out the following url:


    Your problem sounds exactly like the problem both a friend and I had with our laptops. I hope it fixes your problem!
  22. Vudew

    Vudew TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    sweet! it seems to be running ALOT better now! you're a lifesaver! and also to the person who suggested the reg edit for the chkdisk at startup, that worked too! wee, you guys rox!
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