October 4, 2008

Slow Computer Issues May Cause Untimely Murder of a Computer

Today my husband is planning to murder my computer due to slow computer issues. The plan has been in the works for quite some time. Over the past months the computer has become extremely slow and he can't stand it. Neither can I for that matter.

In addition to everything else I've been doing computer wise, I have taken some dear time to clean up and back up certian files. I did some research on cleaning up and speeding up a slow computer. I removed a ton of old programs and moved bookmarks from my favorites to my Stumble account. The computer is a bit faster but not like it should be.

I defragged, cleaned the registry with CCleaner, scanned for viruses, and tweaked some features on my Internet options. Really, I defrag whether it needs it or not once a month. I clean the disk and registry every other week, and the virus stuff does its thing regularly. It helped, but not enough.

I think he's spoiled by those fast machines at his work. Let's face it, our computer is getting old. I told him we may just need to tighten the belt and buy a better/bigger/faster machine, and get a new modem. The modem may be the biggest culprit in this scenario.

"No, no, no," he says. "I know wiping it out and starting anew will bring it back to life"...Whatever.

Even the guy at our DSL provider says our modem is antiquated.

I'm hoping I can convince him today we need to exchange the modem, doing one of those modem speed tests. Honestly, I think removing all the stuff I had on the favorites and the hard drive really helped immensely.

We'll see what happens...
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  1. Isn't it amazing how we adjust so fast to such speed? I was remembering when personal computers came out (I was an infant then, but still had a job working at one) and first you loaded the DOS discs one by one, then selected the ONE program you wanted to run (there weren't many to choose from) and loaded that disc by disc and then you saved all your work disc by disc...ah, for the good old days--NOT.

  2. Muse:

    You can by a new desktop for such a low price today that it's really not worth the headache to keep working on a slow machine. Fast, reliable, memory-laden desktops are at rock bottom prices. I went crazy with my old machine for a long time - pulling my hair out every day. Then I heard the computer guy on the radio say that you can never really clean your computer of viruses. There isn't a program out that will wipe everything out. So, I bit the bullet and went to town. I was absolutely amazed at what you can buy for less than four hundred dollars. Now I'm not saying that four bills isn't serious cash. It is. But when you consider that amount of use you'll get out of a new computer, I think it's a bargain.

    Thant's my two cents.

    Happy trails.

  3. Hello Conda!

    We are so spoiled for speed! For reasons unknown to me I had to take a DOS course in college. That gave me such headaches. I came home and kissed my Mac--I had a Mac back then I miss it.

    Thank goodness we don't have to deal with the DOS anymore. Well, that's not really true, the guy at my DSL provider makes me do pings and such when we have Internet problems.

  4. Hey Swu!

    We've been looking. It's true about the hassles and pulling hair out around here too...However, I think the problems we've been having are solved!!! I'll post about that today.


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