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Old 04-19-2007, 06:17 PM   #11
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Thanks, turtledove. I got C Cleaner and it made a world of difference. Katie E says it helped her machine too.

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Old 04-19-2007, 06:45 PM   #12
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I have been told by a number of computer experts that while defraging was uber important a few years back and prior, it really does not do much anymore because of how large drive sizes are now.
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Old 04-19-2007, 07:35 PM   #13
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I have been told by a number of computer experts that while defraging was uber important a few years back and prior, it really does not do much anymore because of how large drive sizes are now.
This is quite true..

When computers slow down these days, it's generally a result of Memory Resident Programs (Like everything down in your System Tray) and Spyware/Adaware..

I have done a lot of research on the value of running a Defragmentation on Hard Drives, and it's suprisingly of low value.

Of course, every PC Geek will tell you something different, but I tend to Defrag once every 1-4 years.. Even then, I don't notice any significant improvement. I work in the IT department as an Application Developer, and our PC repair technicians don't even bother Defragging any more.

On the other hand, several years ago it was very important.. Hard Drives have definitely come a long way!

My 2 cents...

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Old 04-20-2007, 09:18 PM   #14
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A combination of both actually.

To 'see' what is running in YOUR resident memory do this.....
See that bar on the bottom of your XP screen?
-----RIGHT-click on the part that is between the START button and the clock.
-----LEFT-click on PROPERTIES
-----IF... "HIDE INACTIVE ICONS" is checked, UN-check it.
-----Click APPLY
-----Click OK
Now you will be able to SEE whats running. (most of it at least) If you have MORE than 6 or 7 icons next to the clock, you most likely have too many applications running in RESIDENT memory.
RESIDENT memory is like short-term memory. The more the computer has to remember short-term.... the slower it will be. (PLEASE NOTE: Resident memory is NOT on your Hard Drive. It is using RAM (RESIDENT [or random] ACCESS MEMORY)

Think of it this way:
Short-term Memory = RAM
Long-term Memory = Hard Drive
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Old 04-21-2007, 01:54 AM   #15
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I did that and nothing showed up...I always get rid of cookies anf history every time I start to shut down. I also defrag but most of the time I'm told I don't need to..
My real problem now is when I click on a link or URL my pc freezes up after it tells me "Microsoft needs to shut down etc." All this started after I downloaded IE7
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