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SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« on: 14. September 2009., 22:20:02 »
I have been having some problems with system running slow, I recently checked out my device manager and I noticed all my devices had very low priorities, I have read in places that the video card should be somewhere between 2 and 15, Mine is on 16, I was wondering if anyone can tell me if this looks really wrong and would be slowing PC down. If I need to change the IRQ's how do I do it, I have searched my BIOS and found no IRQ settings it is an AMI BIOS updated to most recent version.

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SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« on: 14. September 2009., 22:20:02 »




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Re: SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« Reply #1 on: 14. September 2009., 22:41:38 »
If your PC is taking ages to boot up and is very slow while running programs, it might be due to a number of factors.
Problem 1: Not enough RAM

RAM stands for Random Access Memory and is used as a temporary storage memory by your computer. This memory is in use when tasks are being executed by different programs. Hence, you should have enough RAM memory to process all the tasks at hand; if you don this might cause the major slow down of your computer while it is booting up or processing tasks.
How to know if your computer has enough RAM

The programs that are installed on your computer usually have RAM requirements that are asked. If your computer has been running at a normal speed before the installation of such programs and has crucially slowed down with time, you might need to add more RAM on your computer system.
Also, if your computer is slowing down every time you are processing large files, or it freezes while executing several programs at once, these might be some common signs that you need to add extra RAM.
Problem 2: Temporary files have built up on your hard disk

Some tasks might require you to leave the system working for several days and this might cause temporary files to build up on your hard disk. This might be a reason why your computer is slowing down and is taking some time to boot up as these type of files tend to be memory consuming.Cleansing your temporary files including your Internet history including cookies gives you a larger amount of hard disk space to work with.
How to delete Temporary Files

1. Open My Computer and select your local drive (it is usually labeled as :\C)
2. Select the Windows folder and locate the folder labeled Temp
3. Use your mouse to right-click on the folder (not the contents) and in the “View” options, choose “Details”
4. Select all the files that are older than the current date and press the delete key.
5. When done, go to the Recycle Bin on your desktop and choose Empty Recycle Bin
You can also choose to delete the Temporary Internet Files that have accumulated on your system
1. Go to your Start button and open Control Panel
2. Select Internet Options and in the section labeled Temporary Internet Files press Delete Cookies and Delete Files options.
3. You can also delete your history by clicking the option Clear History
4. When done, press Apply and OK
When you finish removing the Temporary Files, reboot your computer.
Problem 3: Your computer has been infected

If your computer has been infected by a virus, a malware, a worm or a Trojan, it might have cause the slow down of your computer system and even freeze several tasks at hand. Hence, you should run a virus scan and remove all the infected files found on your system.
Problem 4: Not enough space on the hard disk

Adding very bulky programs will automatically slow down your computer system. Hence, I will suggest users with a hard disk capacity of 2GB to leave at least 250MB free and those who have a higher hard disk storage capacity to leave at least 20% of the total capacity free. This will hence allow your computer to have enough room both for temporary files and file swapping.

Defragmenting your hard disk

You can also choose to defragment your hard disk to gather some dispersed spaces that can be used by the computer again.
1. Go to your Start menu and list all programs
2. In the Accessories option, select System Tools
3. Choose Disk Defragmenter from the list
4. To start the process, click the Defragment button.
Problem 5: Your Direct Memory Access (DMA) is disabled

The Direct Memory Access will allow data transmission between your hard drive and CD drive without requiring the microprocessor™s intervention. Those using Windows XP will not have this option set by default.
1. Click on the Start button and open Control Panel
2. Click and open the System icon
3. Select the Hardware tab and choose Device Manager option.
4. List the ATA/ATAPI options by clicking the + icon next to it.
5. Select the Primary IDE Channel option
6. In the Primary IDE Properties window select the Advanced Settings tab
7. Check whether the Transfer Mode for Device 0 enables DMA.
8. Also, check whether the Transfer Mode for Device 1 enables DMA.
9. Click OK to confirm the changes
10. Hence, click Secondary IDE Channel
11. In the Secondary IDE Properties, select the Advanced Settings tab
12. Check whether the Transfer Mode for Device 0 enables DMA.
13. Also, check whether the Transfer Mode for Device 1 enables DMA
14. When done, click OK to confirm the changes
Update Your Operating System

Having the latest updates of Windows will not increase system performance. However patching up any security loop holes or performance related glitches may be beneficial. So in the long run, your system will be better off with the latest OS updates.

Fragmentation occurs when the operating system is unable to allocate sufficient contiguous space to store a complete file as a unit and puts parts of it in gaps between other files (usually those gaps exist because they have previously stored file that has been deleted by the OS). Fragmentation can reduce the overall speed of your PC and decrease in performance
How to defragment your hard disk (Windows)

For Windows XP and other versions, the procedure is basically the same:

    * Double-click My Computer, right click on the disk to defragment and then click Properties.
    * Select the Tools tab and click Defragment Now


Using the command

It is also possible to run the defrag command line:

defrag c:-f



Tip: You can defragment faster forcing defragmentation pre-program:
1) Launch regedit
2) Go to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce


3) Right-click in the right window, "New"> "value chain"
4) Name it "Defrag"
5) Double-click it and enter: Defrag.exe c:-f
6) Restart Windows and log in.

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Re: SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« Reply #2 on: 14. September 2009., 22:50:30 »
Thanks for all the information, But I have done all of that. I always keep it free of viruses and free of junk files and keep the registry clean and the HDD defragmented. I guess I should of been more specific when I posted this thread. The area I notice to be lagging in is games, that is why I asked about the IRQ because I know the higher the number the lower the priority it has to access CPU
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Re: SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« Reply #3 on: 14. September 2009., 22:53:21 »
If you do have a conflict and need to change an IRQ setting:



   1. Right click on the device in the list (see above) and then select properties.
   2. Click the Resources tab.
   3. Remove the tick from the Use automatic settings option.
   4. Select a non-conflicting configuration from the pull down box.
   5. Click OK

You may find you cannot manually change your IRQ settings (the Use automatic settings will be greyed out), this is usually related to the ACPI function used by Win XP.


To resolve conflicts with PCI or ISA cards try manually setting them in your motherboard's BIOS or try a different slot for the newly installed device, you will usually find that by changing the slot you will change the IRQ channel as well.

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Re: SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« Reply #4 on: 14. September 2009., 23:13:36 »
What's your computer configuration?
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Re: SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« Reply #5 on: 14. September 2009., 23:47:16 »
All options to change it in device manager are greyed out and I cant find it in my BIOS. What can I do?
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Re: SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« Reply #6 on: 15. September 2009., 22:04:30 »
I have been having some problems with system running slow, I recently checked out my device manager and I noticed all my devices had very low priorities, I have read in places that the video card should be somewhere between 2 and 15, Mine is on 16, I was wondering if anyone can tell me if this looks really wrong and would be slowing PC down. If I need to change the IRQ's how do I do it, I have searched my BIOS and found no IRQ settings it is an AMI BIOS updated to most recent version.



Hi BF, personally I don't think that this cause that your PC run slow...

Maybe just try to change slots of your card (if that's possible) and try to change places of USB jacks: mouse, keyboard, camera...??


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Re: SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« Reply #7 on: 15. September 2009., 22:28:33 »
Just thought I would find out what other people thought. It seems to me that its kind of 50% think its important to change and 50% think it doesnt matter. I found out what was causing all my game problems; the graphics card is fried. It was running naturally at 62C when idle and I guess it was damaging it. I ran the video memory test and it failed, It reported 6700 errors after 13mins of testing.....So now need to find new GPU. Until then I guess its time to revert back to the old 8600 :(
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Re: SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« Reply #8 on: 16. September 2009., 06:20:11 »
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I found out what was causing all my game problems; the graphics card is fried.

At least, now you (We) know what cause all this mess... it cost some $$ but now you have peace in your mind and that doesn't have value.  ;)


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Re: SLOW PC (IRQ?)
« Reply #9 on: 16. September 2009., 08:22:21 »
It is good to finally know, it just sucks that it is going to cost me money to fix it.


but I would like to recommend people stay away from gigabytes GV-NX96T512HP as it clearly has heat issues
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