Performance issue: pc "hesitates"

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I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's been
just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day when I
noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching between
windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the arrows off
to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I send an email,
then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening Notepad - it sometimes
pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word in an instant, but now it's
slower there too.

I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that it's
taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the indexing, but
that had no effect - the machine still sporadically hesitates.

All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or is
it just aging a bit and getting broken in?

--

Tom Richards
tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
http://webhandprint.com
http://brainsturgeon.com
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    I have a similar Dell setup. As the other poster advised, get rid of some of the unneeded
    Dell resource hogging things. The Dell Alerts are unnecessary, the Dell Media Experience
    is something I've never used, also change any apps that are configured to automatically
    check for updates to the manually check option, and you check manually as warranted. If
    you are doing another task, an app automatically searching for an update can make a
    session not so smooth, and the countdown timing for of those automatic updates hogs system
    resources. If I were you I would uninstall the Google Desktop. Although somewhat
    utilitarian, and reminiscent of Longhorn (next version of Windows), it is a huge system
    resource hog. Avoid installing any third party search web search utilities, and avoid
    installing third party toolbars. Download the free utility HiJackThis, and see if
    anything else might be draining your system resources.
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    T.C.
    t__cruise@[NoSpam]hotmail.com
    Remove [NoSpam] to reply


    "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    > Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's been
    > just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day when I
    > noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching between
    > windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the arrows off
    > to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I send an email,
    > then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening Notepad - it sometimes
    > pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word in an instant, but now it's
    > slower there too.
    >
    > I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    > spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    > Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that it's
    > taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the indexing, but
    > that had no effect - the machine still sporadically hesitates.
    >
    > All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    > for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or is
    > it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >
    > --
    >
    > Tom Richards
    > tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    > http://webhandprint.com
    > http://brainsturgeon.com
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Quite a setup, to say the least & brings up an interesting situation.
    Dell PCs (IMO) are fine hardware wise, but leave allot to be
    desired as to their setup. With the kind of hardware you have it's
    a shame to not have it streamlined to work at it's best. With any
    PC as you install things the loading changes, so some degradation
    will happen. Dell's tend to have many Startup & Watchdog apps
    running that aren't necessary. I frequently setup new Dell PCs &
    sell a service I jokingly call "De-Dellifying-It". Also with your setup
    there are a few Registry Tweaks that would/could enhance it's
    operation. Anyway I'm veering off the topic. I would use TaskMgr
    and look at your Performance/Processes (TAB) and see what is
    running and the loading. With 4 Gigabytes of RAM you shouldn't
    ever have an issue with memory. Just a question - did you keep
    the McAfee/Symantec security software or use something different.
    Symantec would "Gum-Up' the best hardware available. Also, I
    would make a run through Add/Remove programs and take off
    the AOL, Media Junk-Ola and a good portion of the Dell Fluff &
    Stuff they throw in to make you think your getting more for your
    money.

    "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's been
    >just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day when I
    >noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching between
    >windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the arrows off
    >to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I send an email,
    >then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening Notepad - it sometimes
    >pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word in an instant, but now
    >it's slower there too.
    >
    > I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    > spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    > Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    > it's taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the
    > indexing, but that had no effect - the machine still sporadically
    > hesitates.
    >
    > All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    > for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or
    > is it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >
    > --
    >
    > Tom Richards
    > tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    > http://webhandprint.com
    > http://brainsturgeon.com
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Ok, I don't use McAfee (uninstalled it right away) but rather Norton 2005
    for av. I just uninstalled Dell Media Experience, Dell Picture Studio and
    Dell driver reset. I don't keep much of anything running in the background
    so that's very clean.

    But.....it just hesitated when I opened windows explorer to get to a file.
    The window opened and then a fairly long pause before I could highlight and
    open the file. This is perplexing.

    --

    Tom Richards
    tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    http://webhandprint.com
    http://brainsturgeon.com


    "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:%23cXC5rSaFHA.2980@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Quite a setup, to say the least & brings up an interesting situation.
    > Dell PCs (IMO) are fine hardware wise, but leave allot to be
    > desired as to their setup. With the kind of hardware you have it's
    > a shame to not have it streamlined to work at it's best. With any
    > PC as you install things the loading changes, so some degradation
    > will happen. Dell's tend to have many Startup & Watchdog apps
    > running that aren't necessary. I frequently setup new Dell PCs &
    > sell a service I jokingly call "De-Dellifying-It". Also with your setup
    > there are a few Registry Tweaks that would/could enhance it's
    > operation. Anyway I'm veering off the topic. I would use TaskMgr
    > and look at your Performance/Processes (TAB) and see what is
    > running and the loading. With 4 Gigabytes of RAM you shouldn't
    > ever have an issue with memory. Just a question - did you keep
    > the McAfee/Symantec security software or use something different.
    > Symantec would "Gum-Up' the best hardware available. Also, I
    > would make a run through Add/Remove programs and take off
    > the AOL, Media Junk-Ola and a good portion of the Dell Fluff &
    > Stuff they throw in to make you think your getting more for your
    > money.
    >
    > "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    > news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >>Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's been
    >>just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day when I
    >>noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching between
    >>windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the arrows
    >>off to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I send an
    >>email, then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening Notepad - it
    >>sometimes pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word in an instant,
    >>but now it's slower there too.
    >>
    >> I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >> spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    >> Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    >> it's taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the
    >> indexing, but that had no effect - the machine still sporadically
    >> hesitates.
    >>
    >> All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >> for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or
    >> is it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Tom Richards
    >> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >> http://webhandprint.com
    >> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Sometimes if you leave a cd in the drive you will get that type of pause.
    Hit ctrl alt del and see what is using the most.
    You can also use msconfig startup and see what is not needed to load at
    startup.

    "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    news:uJmIx%23SaFHA.2884@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Ok, I don't use McAfee (uninstalled it right away) but rather Norton 2005
    > for av. I just uninstalled Dell Media Experience, Dell Picture Studio and
    > Dell driver reset. I don't keep much of anything running in the background
    > so that's very clean.
    >
    > But.....it just hesitated when I opened windows explorer to get to a file.
    > The window opened and then a fairly long pause before I could highlight
    > and open the file. This is perplexing.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Tom Richards
    > tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    > http://webhandprint.com
    > http://brainsturgeon.com
    >
    >
    > "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23cXC5rSaFHA.2980@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >> Quite a setup, to say the least & brings up an interesting situation.
    >> Dell PCs (IMO) are fine hardware wise, but leave allot to be
    >> desired as to their setup. With the kind of hardware you have it's
    >> a shame to not have it streamlined to work at it's best. With any
    >> PC as you install things the loading changes, so some degradation
    >> will happen. Dell's tend to have many Startup & Watchdog apps
    >> running that aren't necessary. I frequently setup new Dell PCs &
    >> sell a service I jokingly call "De-Dellifying-It". Also with your setup
    >> there are a few Registry Tweaks that would/could enhance it's
    >> operation. Anyway I'm veering off the topic. I would use TaskMgr
    >> and look at your Performance/Processes (TAB) and see what is
    >> running and the loading. With 4 Gigabytes of RAM you shouldn't
    >> ever have an issue with memory. Just a question - did you keep
    >> the McAfee/Symantec security software or use something different.
    >> Symantec would "Gum-Up' the best hardware available. Also, I
    >> would make a run through Add/Remove programs and take off
    >> the AOL, Media Junk-Ola and a good portion of the Dell Fluff &
    >> Stuff they throw in to make you think your getting more for your
    >> money.
    >>
    >> "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    >> news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>>I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >>>Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's
    >>>been just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day
    >>>when I noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching
    >>>between windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the
    >>>arrows off to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I
    >>>send an email, then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening
    >>>Notepad - it sometimes pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word
    >>>in an instant, but now it's slower there too.
    >>>
    >>> I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >>> spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    >>> Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    >>> it's taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the
    >>> indexing, but that had no effect - the machine still sporadically
    >>> hesitates.
    >>>
    >>> All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >>> for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or
    >>> is it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>>
    >>> Tom Richards
    >>> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >>> http://webhandprint.com
    >>> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    If I had a system like yours, I'd dump Norton & get Computer
    Associates eTrust 7.0.7.7. eTrust can be obtained for a 1-year
    free license from Microsoft's Partner Pack. After installing the older
    version, you have to go to eTrust's website and get the latest version.
    I've deployed it on over 75 systems (Many previously with Norton)
    and not one has complained. Many have sent feedback with how
    much better their PC performs.

    "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    news:uJmIx%23SaFHA.2884@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Ok, I don't use McAfee (uninstalled it right away) but rather Norton 2005
    > for av. I just uninstalled Dell Media Experience, Dell Picture Studio and
    > Dell driver reset. I don't keep much of anything running in the background
    > so that's very clean.
    >
    > But.....it just hesitated when I opened windows explorer to get to a file.
    > The window opened and then a fairly long pause before I could highlight
    > and open the file. This is perplexing.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Tom Richards
    > tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    > http://webhandprint.com
    > http://brainsturgeon.com
    >
    >
    > "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23cXC5rSaFHA.2980@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >> Quite a setup, to say the least & brings up an interesting situation.
    >> Dell PCs (IMO) are fine hardware wise, but leave allot to be
    >> desired as to their setup. With the kind of hardware you have it's
    >> a shame to not have it streamlined to work at it's best. With any
    >> PC as you install things the loading changes, so some degradation
    >> will happen. Dell's tend to have many Startup & Watchdog apps
    >> running that aren't necessary. I frequently setup new Dell PCs &
    >> sell a service I jokingly call "De-Dellifying-It". Also with your setup
    >> there are a few Registry Tweaks that would/could enhance it's
    >> operation. Anyway I'm veering off the topic. I would use TaskMgr
    >> and look at your Performance/Processes (TAB) and see what is
    >> running and the loading. With 4 Gigabytes of RAM you shouldn't
    >> ever have an issue with memory. Just a question - did you keep
    >> the McAfee/Symantec security software or use something different.
    >> Symantec would "Gum-Up' the best hardware available. Also, I
    >> would make a run through Add/Remove programs and take off
    >> the AOL, Media Junk-Ola and a good portion of the Dell Fluff &
    >> Stuff they throw in to make you think your getting more for your
    >> money.
    >>
    >> "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    >> news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>>I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >>>Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's
    >>>been just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day
    >>>when I noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching
    >>>between windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the
    >>>arrows off to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I
    >>>send an email, then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening
    >>>Notepad - it sometimes pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word
    >>>in an instant, but now it's slower there too.
    >>>
    >>> I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >>> spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    >>> Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    >>> it's taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the
    >>> indexing, but that had no effect - the machine still sporadically
    >>> hesitates.
    >>>
    >>> All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >>> for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or
    >>> is it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>>
    >>> Tom Richards
    >>> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >>> http://webhandprint.com
    >>> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    No cd in drive and I have everything possible trimmed from the startup tab
    in msconfig.

    --

    Tom Richards
    tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    http://webhandprint.com
    http://brainsturgeon.com


    "RonK" <imhere@home.now> wrote in message
    news:v5moe.17888$yG4.1157298@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > Sometimes if you leave a cd in the drive you will get that type of pause.
    > Hit ctrl alt del and see what is using the most.
    > You can also use msconfig startup and see what is not needed to load at
    > startup.
    >
    > "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    > news:uJmIx%23SaFHA.2884@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >> Ok, I don't use McAfee (uninstalled it right away) but rather Norton 2005
    >> for av. I just uninstalled Dell Media Experience, Dell Picture Studio and
    >> Dell driver reset. I don't keep much of anything running in the
    >> background so that's very clean.
    >>
    >> But.....it just hesitated when I opened windows explorer to get to a
    >> file. The window opened and then a fairly long pause before I could
    >> highlight and open the file. This is perplexing.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Tom Richards
    >> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >> http://webhandprint.com
    >> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>
    >>
    >> "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%23cXC5rSaFHA.2980@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>> Quite a setup, to say the least & brings up an interesting situation.
    >>> Dell PCs (IMO) are fine hardware wise, but leave allot to be
    >>> desired as to their setup. With the kind of hardware you have it's
    >>> a shame to not have it streamlined to work at it's best. With any
    >>> PC as you install things the loading changes, so some degradation
    >>> will happen. Dell's tend to have many Startup & Watchdog apps
    >>> running that aren't necessary. I frequently setup new Dell PCs &
    >>> sell a service I jokingly call "De-Dellifying-It". Also with your setup
    >>> there are a few Registry Tweaks that would/could enhance it's
    >>> operation. Anyway I'm veering off the topic. I would use TaskMgr
    >>> and look at your Performance/Processes (TAB) and see what is
    >>> running and the loading. With 4 Gigabytes of RAM you shouldn't
    >>> ever have an issue with memory. Just a question - did you keep
    >>> the McAfee/Symantec security software or use something different.
    >>> Symantec would "Gum-Up' the best hardware available. Also, I
    >>> would make a run through Add/Remove programs and take off
    >>> the AOL, Media Junk-Ola and a good portion of the Dell Fluff &
    >>> Stuff they throw in to make you think your getting more for your
    >>> money.
    >>>
    >>> "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>>>I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >>>>Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's
    >>>>been just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day
    >>>>when I noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching
    >>>>between windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the
    >>>>arrows off to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I
    >>>>send an email, then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening
    >>>>Notepad - it sometimes pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word
    >>>>in an instant, but now it's slower there too.
    >>>>
    >>>> I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >>>> spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The
    >>>> Google Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I
    >>>> noticed that it's taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I
    >>>> "paused" the indexing, but that had no effect - the machine still
    >>>> sporadically hesitates.
    >>>>
    >>>> All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >>>> for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses?
    >>>> Or is it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>>
    >>>> Tom Richards
    >>>> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >>>> http://webhandprint.com
    >>>> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Dumping Norton has been suggested to me quite often over the past year or so
    that I've been runing it on all my pcs. Fact is - I love the interface and
    many features. I used eTrust and it's predecessor Inoculate for years and
    appreciate it's small footprint. And, if all else fails, I'll lose Norton
    and troubleshoot that way. Thanks.

    --

    Tom Richards
    tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    http://webhandprint.com
    http://brainsturgeon.com


    "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:ueLywHTaFHA.2128@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > If I had a system like yours, I'd dump Norton & get Computer
    > Associates eTrust 7.0.7.7. eTrust can be obtained for a 1-year
    > free license from Microsoft's Partner Pack. After installing the older
    > version, you have to go to eTrust's website and get the latest version.
    > I've deployed it on over 75 systems (Many previously with Norton)
    > and not one has complained. Many have sent feedback with how
    > much better their PC performs.
    >
    > "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    > news:uJmIx%23SaFHA.2884@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >> Ok, I don't use McAfee (uninstalled it right away) but rather Norton 2005
    >> for av. I just uninstalled Dell Media Experience, Dell Picture Studio and
    >> Dell driver reset. I don't keep much of anything running in the
    >> background
    >> so that's very clean.
    >>
    >> But.....it just hesitated when I opened windows explorer to get to a
    >> file.
    >> The window opened and then a fairly long pause before I could highlight
    >> and open the file. This is perplexing.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Tom Richards
    >> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >> http://webhandprint.com
    >> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>
    >>
    >> "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%23cXC5rSaFHA.2980@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>> Quite a setup, to say the least & brings up an interesting situation.
    >>> Dell PCs (IMO) are fine hardware wise, but leave allot to be
    >>> desired as to their setup. With the kind of hardware you have it's
    >>> a shame to not have it streamlined to work at it's best. With any
    >>> PC as you install things the loading changes, so some degradation
    >>> will happen. Dell's tend to have many Startup & Watchdog apps
    >>> running that aren't necessary. I frequently setup new Dell PCs &
    >>> sell a service I jokingly call "De-Dellifying-It". Also with your setup
    >>> there are a few Registry Tweaks that would/could enhance it's
    >>> operation. Anyway I'm veering off the topic. I would use TaskMgr
    >>> and look at your Performance/Processes (TAB) and see what is
    >>> running and the loading. With 4 Gigabytes of RAM you shouldn't
    >>> ever have an issue with memory. Just a question - did you keep
    >>> the McAfee/Symantec security software or use something different.
    >>> Symantec would "Gum-Up' the best hardware available. Also, I
    >>> would make a run through Add/Remove programs and take off
    >>> the AOL, Media Junk-Ola and a good portion of the Dell Fluff &
    >>> Stuff they throw in to make you think your getting more for your
    >>> money.
    >>>
    >>> "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>>>I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >>>>Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's
    >>>>been just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day
    >>>>when I noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching
    >>>>between windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the
    >>>>arrows off to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I
    >>>>send an email, then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening
    >>>>Notepad - it sometimes pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word
    >>>>in an instant, but now it's slower there too.
    >>>>
    >>>> I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >>>> spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The
    >>>> Google
    >>>> Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    >>>> it's taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the
    >>>> indexing, but that had no effect - the machine still sporadically
    >>>> hesitates.
    >>>>
    >>>> All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >>>> for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses?
    >>>> Or
    >>>> is it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>>
    >>>> Tom Richards
    >>>> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >>>> http://webhandprint.com
    >>>> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Google is gone and msconfig Startup is clear of all extraneous garbage.

    --

    Tom Richards
    tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    http://webhandprint.com
    http://brainsturgeon.com


    "t.cruise" <t__cruise@[NoSpam]hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:%23oTJRGTaFHA.720@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >I have a similar Dell setup. As the other poster advised, get rid of some
    >of the unneeded
    > Dell resource hogging things. The Dell Alerts are unnecessary, the Dell
    > Media Experience
    > is something I've never used, also change any apps that are configured to
    > automatically
    > check for updates to the manually check option, and you check manually as
    > warranted. If
    > you are doing another task, an app automatically searching for an update
    > can make a
    > session not so smooth, and the countdown timing for of those automatic
    > updates hogs system
    > resources. If I were you I would uninstall the Google Desktop. Although
    > somewhat
    > utilitarian, and reminiscent of Longhorn (next version of Windows), it is
    > a huge system
    > resource hog. Avoid installing any third party search web search
    > utilities, and avoid
    > installing third party toolbars. Download the free utility HiJackThis,
    > and see if
    > anything else might be draining your system resources.
    > --
    >
    > T.C.
    > t__cruise@[NoSpam]hotmail.com
    > Remove [NoSpam] to reply
    >
    >
    >
    > "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    > news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >> I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >> Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's
    >> been
    >> just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day when I
    >> noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching between
    >> windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the arrows
    >> off
    >> to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I send an email,
    >> then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening Notepad - it
    >> sometimes
    >> pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word in an instant, but now
    >> it's
    >> slower there too.
    >>
    >> I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >> spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    >> Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    >> it's
    >> taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the indexing,
    >> but
    >> that had no effect - the machine still sporadically hesitates.
    >>
    >> All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >> for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or
    >> is
    >> it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Tom Richards
    >> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >> http://webhandprint.com
    >> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    I would appreciate the reg tweaks if you could send them along. Also -
    someone emailed me about Diskeeper and I installed it and it suggested
    increasing my mft sizes on both hard drives which I did the thoroughly
    defragged after uninstalling the huge goggle desktop (1.3 gb with the index
    file). *fingers-crossed*

    --

    Tom Richards
    tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    http://webhandprint.com
    http://brainsturgeon.com


    "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:%23cXC5rSaFHA.2980@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Quite a setup, to say the least & brings up an interesting situation.
    > Dell PCs (IMO) are fine hardware wise, but leave allot to be
    > desired as to their setup. With the kind of hardware you have it's
    > a shame to not have it streamlined to work at it's best. With any
    > PC as you install things the loading changes, so some degradation
    > will happen. Dell's tend to have many Startup & Watchdog apps
    > running that aren't necessary. I frequently setup new Dell PCs &
    > sell a service I jokingly call "De-Dellifying-It". Also with your setup
    > there are a few Registry Tweaks that would/could enhance it's
    > operation. Anyway I'm veering off the topic. I would use TaskMgr
    > and look at your Performance/Processes (TAB) and see what is
    > running and the loading. With 4 Gigabytes of RAM you shouldn't
    > ever have an issue with memory. Just a question - did you keep
    > the McAfee/Symantec security software or use something different.
    > Symantec would "Gum-Up' the best hardware available. Also, I
    > would make a run through Add/Remove programs and take off
    > the AOL, Media Junk-Ola and a good portion of the Dell Fluff &
    > Stuff they throw in to make you think your getting more for your
    > money.
    >
    > "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    > news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >>Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's been
    >>just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day when I
    >>noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching between
    >>windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the arrows
    >>off to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I send an
    >>email, then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening Notepad - it
    >>sometimes pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word in an instant,
    >>but now it's slower there too.
    >>
    >> I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >> spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    >> Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    >> it's taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the
    >> indexing, but that had no effect - the machine still sporadically
    >> hesitates.
    >>
    >> All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >> for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or
    >> is it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Tom Richards
    >> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >> http://webhandprint.com
    >> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    > All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    > for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or is
    > it just aging a bit and getting broken in?

    Aside from installing all Updates what did you install prior to this issue that you are experiencing now
    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

    "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
  11. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    I switched over to ZA Security Suite with the same results. AND, the
    antivirus updates come in very frequently - al least twice per day,
    sometimes faster. With Symantec you get them every Wednesday - unless you go
    looking for them!

    --
    Regards,

    Richard Urban

    aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


    "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:ueLywHTaFHA.2128@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > If I had a system like yours, I'd dump Norton & get Computer
    > Associates eTrust 7.0.7.7. eTrust can be obtained for a 1-year
    > free license from Microsoft's Partner Pack. After installing the older
    > version, you have to go to eTrust's website and get the latest version.
    > I've deployed it on over 75 systems (Many previously with Norton)
    > and not one has complained. Many have sent feedback with how
    > much better their PC performs.
    >
    > "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    > news:uJmIx%23SaFHA.2884@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >> Ok, I don't use McAfee (uninstalled it right away) but rather Norton 2005
    >> for av. I just uninstalled Dell Media Experience, Dell Picture Studio and
    >> Dell driver reset. I don't keep much of anything running in the
    >> background
    >> so that's very clean.
    >>
    >> But.....it just hesitated when I opened windows explorer to get to a
    >> file.
    >> The window opened and then a fairly long pause before I could highlight
    >> and open the file. This is perplexing.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Tom Richards
    >> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >> http://webhandprint.com
    >> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>
    >>
    >> "R. McCarty" <PcEngWork-NoSpam_@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%23cXC5rSaFHA.2980@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >>> Quite a setup, to say the least & brings up an interesting situation.
    >>> Dell PCs (IMO) are fine hardware wise, but leave allot to be
    >>> desired as to their setup. With the kind of hardware you have it's
    >>> a shame to not have it streamlined to work at it's best. With any
    >>> PC as you install things the loading changes, so some degradation
    >>> will happen. Dell's tend to have many Startup & Watchdog apps
    >>> running that aren't necessary. I frequently setup new Dell PCs &
    >>> sell a service I jokingly call "De-Dellifying-It". Also with your setup
    >>> there are a few Registry Tweaks that would/could enhance it's
    >>> operation. Anyway I'm veering off the topic. I would use TaskMgr
    >>> and look at your Performance/Processes (TAB) and see what is
    >>> running and the loading. With 4 Gigabytes of RAM you shouldn't
    >>> ever have an issue with memory. Just a question - did you keep
    >>> the McAfee/Symantec security software or use something different.
    >>> Symantec would "Gum-Up' the best hardware available. Also, I
    >>> would make a run through Add/Remove programs and take off
    >>> the AOL, Media Junk-Ola and a good portion of the Dell Fluff &
    >>> Stuff they throw in to make you think your getting more for your
    >>> money.
    >>>
    >>> "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>>>I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >>>>Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's
    >>>>been just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day
    >>>>when I noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching
    >>>>between windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the
    >>>>arrows off to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I
    >>>>send an email, then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening
    >>>>Notepad - it sometimes pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word
    >>>>in an instant, but now it's slower there too.
    >>>>
    >>>> I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >>>> spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The
    >>>> Google
    >>>> Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    >>>> it's taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the
    >>>> indexing, but that had no effect - the machine still sporadically
    >>>> hesitates.
    >>>>
    >>>> All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >>>> for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses?
    >>>> Or
    >>>> is it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>>
    >>>> Tom Richards
    >>>> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >>>> http://webhandprint.com
    >>>> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    >
  12. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Google desktop seems to be using a lot of resources, but that might be down
    to preferences you set.
    Use msconfig.exe to disable all non ms startup items, see if it still
    occurs.

    "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    > Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's been
    > just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day when I
    > noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching between
    > windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the arrows
    off
    > to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I send an email,
    > then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening Notepad - it sometimes
    > pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word in an instant, but now
    it's
    > slower there too.
    >
    > I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    > spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    > Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    it's
    > taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the indexing,
    but
    > that had no effect - the machine still sporadically hesitates.
    >
    > All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    > for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or
    is
    > it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >
    > --
    >
    > Tom Richards
    > tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    > http://webhandprint.com
    > http://brainsturgeon.com
    >
    >
    >
  13. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Yep - agreed. I just unistalled it and am testing the system now.

    --

    Tom Richards
    tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    http://webhandprint.com
    http://brainsturgeon.com


    "DL" <dl@spoofmail> wrote in message
    news:usejTDTaFHA.2980@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Google desktop seems to be using a lot of resources, but that might be
    > down
    > to preferences you set.
    > Use msconfig.exe to disable all non ms startup items, see if it still
    > occurs.
    >
    > "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    > news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >> I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >> Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's
    >> been
    >> just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day when I
    >> noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching between
    >> windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the arrows
    > off
    >> to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I send an email,
    >> then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening Notepad - it
    >> sometimes
    >> pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word in an instant, but now
    > it's
    >> slower there too.
    >>
    >> I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >> spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    >> Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    > it's
    >> taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the indexing,
    > but
    >> that had no effect - the machine still sporadically hesitates.
    >>
    >> All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >> for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or
    > is
    >> it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Tom Richards
    >> tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    >> http://webhandprint.com
    >> http://brainsturgeon.com
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  14. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Nothing. Perhaps the last MS security updates? These 4 roughly coincide with
    the genesis of my issue:

    1) Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - May 2005 (KB890830) Successful
    Sunday, May 15, 2005 Windows Update website

    2) Security Update for Windows XP (KB890859) Successful Sunday, May 15, 2005
    Windows Update website

    3) Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer for Windows XP Service
    Pack 2 (KB890923) Successful Sunday, May 15, 2005 Windows Update website

    4) Security Update for Windows XP (KB893086) Successful Sunday, May 15, 2005
    Windows Update website

    BTW, the choppy performance is getting worse and happens quite often now
    when opening programs, switching between windows...lots of pauses....burps.
    I can't believe Norton 2005 av has suddenly started causing this....but
    others seem to point that way?

    --

    Tom Richards
    tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    http://webhandprint.com
    http://brainsturgeon.com


    "Peter Foldes" <okf22@email.msn.com> wrote in message
    news:%23FeFbcVaFHA.1088@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    > for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or
    > is
    > it just aging a bit and getting broken in?

    Aside from installing all Updates what did you install prior to this issue
    that you are experiencing now
    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

    "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    news:eRl38fSaFHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
  15. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    On Sat, 4 Jun 2005 13:08:09 -0400, "Tom Richards"
    <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote:

    >I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's been
    >just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day when I
    >noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching between
    >windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the arrows off
    >to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I send an email,
    >then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening Notepad - it sometimes
    >pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word in an instant, but now it's
    >slower there too.
    >
    >I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    >Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that it's
    >taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the indexing, but
    >that had no effect - the machine still sporadically hesitates.
    >
    >All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or is
    >it just aging a bit and getting broken in?

    Tom...Just a thought..but does this machine run constantly? While I
    am sure it has been restarted many times, has it ever been allowed to
    cool down? With a system that fast, maybe excess temperature is at
    least worth consideration. Couldn't hurt to leave 'er off overnight
    just to make sure.
  16. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    "Tom Richards" <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote in message
    news:uOXGTKTaFHA.2212@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > No cd in drive and I have everything possible trimmed from the startup tab
    > in msconfig.

    The drive itself might be going bad.. try disconnecting it and see if it
    helps once you reboot.. I had a guy I upgraded a computer for had a bad
    drive.. it would make the whole computer hesitate for up to 20 seconds each
    time it tried to access it.. maybe yours isn't at that point yet but it
    might be the beginning of it going bad or the cable might just be loose.
  17. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Thank you for that thought. Yes, it runs constantly. I'll try to leave it
    off overnight.

    Interesting but after using the always non-effective-for-me System Restore
    feature, I restored the pc to an earlier time (3 days previous) after my cpu
    ran amok and then, after discovering several fragmented prgs, like norton
    av, I undid the restore and now have back my lightning-fast burner of a pc.
    Nothing but eTrust av, direct update (the prog that updates my IP address to
    allow me to connect via remote desktop) and zone alarm pro are configured to
    load at startup and all is well. It's QUICK and fast and works ok. I truly
    had envisoned a reformatting and was prepared to do so as I have everything
    backed up to my 2nd hard drive. But so nice not to have to.

    So what happened? What caused the cpu to spike consistently at 100%?
    Strange.......

    --

    Tom Richards
    tom@webhandprintSPAM.com
    http://webhandprint.com
    http://brainsturgeon.com


    <intelligusmaximus@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:ujr4a1l485r38kh2csdk3s77283s6lrov0@4ax.com...
    > On Sat, 4 Jun 2005 13:08:09 -0400, "Tom Richards"
    > <email@brainsturgeon.com> wrote:
    >
    >>I recently took delivery of a true burner in every sense of the word - a
    >>Dell 3.4 with 4 GB of RAM. I'm now into my 2nd month with it and it's been
    >>just great...silky smooth and incredibly fast. Until the other day when I
    >>noticed a slight "burp" or pause or hesitation when switching between
    >>windows. If my cursor is over the taskbar, it will change to the arrows
    >>off
    >>to either side look and pause. Sometimes it happens when I send an email,
    >>then the pc pauses for a second or two. And opening Notepad - it sometimes
    >>pauses. I mean, this pc would open Excel or Word in an instant, but now
    >>it's
    >>slower there too.
    >>
    >>I've defragged (Perfect Disk), run Spybot, Ad-Aware, spywareblaster and
    >>spyware guard, cleared my cache, etc., etc. Possible culprit? The Google
    >>Desktop search program. It isn't recently-installed, but I noticed that
    >>it's
    >>taking up over 1 GB and indexes constantly. So I "paused" the indexing,
    >>but
    >>that had no effect - the machine still sporadically hesitates.
    >>
    >>All updates have been installed. And, like I said, the machine is cared
    >>for....like one of my kids....what demon could be causing the pauses? Or
    >>is
    >>it just aging a bit and getting broken in?
    >
    > Tom...Just a thought..but does this machine run constantly? While I
    > am sure it has been restarted many times, has it ever been allowed to
    > cool down? With a system that fast, maybe excess temperature is at
    > least worth consideration. Couldn't hurt to leave 'er off overnight
    > just to make sure.
    >
    >
    >
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