Why is My Computer Slow? Top 10 Causes of a Slow PC

September 11th, 2009

Are you sick and tired of a slow computer? Does your PC after running for a certain period, slows down? There may be several reasons that slow down your computer system. The reason can be too many downloaded files or programs that you have installed in your computer.

At the end of the day, you want to know the reasons responsible for a malfunctioning computer.

Reasoning out why a computer is running slow

  1. Poor performance of a computer is sometimes due to programs that interfere with the file system. These programs are installed automatically without your knowledge or consent. These applications are generally spyware programs and should be prevented from getting inside your computer.
  2. A corrupted Windows Registry triggers slow computer performance. Since, it holds the authoritative position of the master control in the entire operating system, therefore compacting, cleaning and optimizing the registry with a registry cleaner, such as RegCure, is very important.
  3. Fragmentation of files may be another reason for slow functioning of your PC. Sometimes, the files and folders get scattered into pieces all over the hard drive. This fragmentation of files on the drive slows down the functioning of your computer system.
  4. The more you download and install programs in your computer; the more applications are added to the Windows start-up folder, which affects your PC’s start-up performance.
  5. Just like spyware, a computer virus disturbs the functioning of a computer. Instantly your emails, files and folders are infested with the virus and this decreases the performance of your PC.
  6. Free the hard drive from clogged up space. This will bring a dramatic improvement to the computer speed. This can be done by eliminating some of the old documents that are no longer in use.
  7. The remnants of uninstalled programs slow down your computer system. The Windows operating system gets confused with these remnants. They block up the PC’s core system.
  8. Poor security software installed on a computer take a considerable portion of the system resources and memory. This can slow down your PC.
  9. The page file or virtual memory is the temporary area of the memory that the computer uses to move files. If the page file is too small, the system will not have enough room for the operating system to function efficiently.
  10. Having not enough internal memory can make a difference in speed. Adding memory can be one of the ways to speed up your computer.

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What is an I/O Device Error and How To Fix It?

September 11th, 2009

What is an IO Device Error?

An I/O Device Error happens when Windows XP or Vista, is not able to perform an Input/Output action (such as reading or copying data) when it is trying to access a drive or disk.

An I/O error can occur with different types of hardware devices or media, such as:

  • External hard drives
  • SD cards
  • USB flash drives or pen drives
  • CD-Rom or DVD drives
  • CD or DVD discs

Common IO Error Messages

The most common IO error messages and codes are:

  • “The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.”
  • “Only part of a readprocessmemory or writeprocessmemory request was completed.”
  • I/O Error codes: error 6, error 21, error 103, error 105, error 131

Causes of an IO Device Error

I/O error issues might occur for any of the following reasons:

  • Windows is trying to use a transfer mode that the hardware device cannot use.
  • The hardware device that you are trying to access is damaged or defective.
  • The hardware drivers are damaged or incompatible.
  • There is a connection problem, such as a bad cable.
  • The CD or DVD disk that you are trying to access is dirty or damaged.

First Steps to Resolve I/O Device Error Problems

Before you continu you should first perform the following steps:

  1. Restart your computer, and then try to access the drive or disk again.
  2. Use a cleaner disc to clean the disk.
  3. If you have another computer available, try to access the data on the drive or disk with the other PC to confirm that the drive or disk is not damaged.
  4. If you do not have another computer available, try a different disk to make sure that the problem is with the computer and not with the original disk.

If the problem is fixed and you no longer get the error message, you are finished. If the problem remains, continue to the next paragraph.

How to Fix I/O Device errors?

There are several solutions that you can use to troubleshoot and try to fix an I/O errors. Try these solutions in the following order:

Solution 1: Make certain that all cables are connected correctly

If the drive is an external drive, make sure that the cable that connects the computer to the drive is functioning correctly. If the cable fails, the drive will not work correctly. If you have another cable, try to use it, and also try to attach it to another (USB) port.

Note Changing cables for an internal drive for a desktop computer is recommended only for advanced computer users, because there are many internal items that can be easily damaged. You should not try to change cables inside a laptop or portable computer.

If above solutions resolved the issue, you are finished. If this did not resolve the IO issue, continue to solution 2.

Solution 2: Start the computer in a clean boot state

Try to perform a clean boot of your computer to determine whether a program or driver is having a conflict with the drive. Click the following links for more information about how to configure Windows XP or Windows Vista to start in clean boot state.

If a clean boot fixes the problem, there may an incompatible program or driver on your PC. For more information, click the following links for more information about how to perform advanced clean-boot troubleshooting in Windows XP or Windows Vista.

If this solution fixed the problem, you are finished. If this solution did not resolve the I/O problem, go to solution 3.

Solution 3: Change the transfer mode for the drive in IDE Channel Properties

If the transfer mode for the drive was changed or is incorrect, Windows cannot transfer data from the drive to the computer. You can fix this problem by changing to the correct transfer mode. To change the transfer mode, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Right click My Computer
  3. Select Manage from the resulting menu
  4. In the Computer Management window, select Device Manager
  5. Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. A subset will open, listing the different IDE ATA/ATAPI channels for the computer.
  6. Right-click the channel where the appropriate drive is connected, and then click Properties. Typically, this channel is Secondary IDE Channel.
  7. On the Advanced Settings tab, select PIO Only in the Transfer Mode box for the device that represents the appropriate drive. Typically, this is Device 0. Then, click OK and exit all windows.
  8. Test the drive.

Warning: Do not change the Primary IDE Channel, Device 0, because this is typically the system disk. Changing this transfer mode setting may cause the computer to operate incorrectly or not at all.

If the problem is not resolved after you change the transfer mode for the secondary IDE channel device 0, the drive may not be located there. Use the same procedure to change the transfer mode back to DMA if available. Then, repeat steps 1-6 to change the transfer mode for IDE devices in the following order until the issue is resolved:

  1. Primary IDE channel, device 1
  2. Secondary IDE channel, device 1

After you change your settings, make sure you restart your system so that the computer recognizes the changes you have made. After you reboot, check the settings to make sure they are in effect. If they are, your device should now work properly.

If this solution fixed the I/O error, you are finished. If this did not fix the problem, try solution 4.

Solution 4: Check the status of the device in Device Manager

You can check the status of the drive in Device Manager to ensure that the device driver is working properly. If there is a hardware problem or a software conflict preventing the device from working properly, usually Device Manager will identify the problem. Click the following links for more information about how to manage devices in Windows XP or Windows Vista.

If this solution fixed the problem, you are finished. If this did not fix the problem, go to solution 5.

Solution 5: Contact the hardware manufacturer

Visit the website or get in touch with the manufacturer of the hardware device to find out whether there is a firmware or a driver update available for download.

Other Solutions to Windows Errors and Slow PC Performance

The best thing you can do, to stop your computer from getting more error messages or slow down your PC performance, is to repair and clean your Windows Registry.

Tune Your PC recommends to run a Free Registry Scan from the multi-award winning registry repair tool, RegCure. RegCure cleans, repairs and optimizes the Windows Registry in under 2 minutes. And because it is an user-friendly tool, you don’t have to be a PC geek, like us.

How To Fix Spoolsv.exe Error?

August 25th, 2009

Spoolsv.exe offers the convenience of managing spooled print of your PC. The spoolsv.exe error is bugging and you need to fix it to help your PC run smoothly. However, the error can also be in the form of Spyware and Adware and so be careful about it.

How to Fix the Spoolsv.exe Error

First, you need to update your PC anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. This enables in running a deep scan for your system. With proper scanning of the system, you should solve the spoolsv.exe error if it is caused by viruses or spywares. If your system still shows the error after you have deleted the infection – this can happen due to a corrupt Windows Registry.

The software utility RegCure is very useful in cleaning a corrupt registry and is especially designed for the job.

RegCure has many functions associated with it. It has the ability to repair registry problems associated with the spoolsv.exe application error. Essentially, it penetrates deep into the Windows Registry and finds out corrupt entries, invalid entries, empty files entry, empty files association and much more. Remember that manually editing the Windows Registry can be a risky job. Therefore, let RegCure take care of registry problems, since it can fix these problems with precise care.

Steps to set RegCure to Fix the Spoolsv.exe Error

  1. Download and install RegCure for a Free registry scan
  2. Press the ‘scan’ button and you will find RegCure working in no time
  3. Press the result button to check what is the result of scanning

You can use the setting button to set up RegCure. Create restore points and let the software be updated automatically. Make settings for regular scans. However, you should use the backup button to backup the registry, when required.

The Untold Secrets of Data Recovery

June 27th, 2009

In today’s IT-dependent world, provision of data recovery is of utmost importance. Formally, the term data recovery refers to recovering data from secondary storage devices that are not working properly or are damaged due to some reasons. Often, the process of computer data recovery refers to data being recovered from storage media such as hard disk drives, tapes, CDs, and RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks). Data recovery is necessitated primarily due to two reasons:

  • Physical damage to the storage devices
  • Logical damage to the file system

In case of the latter, the files fail to be mounted on the operating system. Though it is theoretically a bit confusing, data recovery also refers to recovering deleted data for forensic and investigation purposes.

Hard drive data recovery may involve several things. Replacing parts of the hard disk may help in salvaging some damage. This may make the disk usable, but logical damage may still be there. Specialized disk imaging processes are available that can recover every bit of readable data from the hard disk.

Disk data recovery involves the following:

  • Removing the damaged PCB (Printed Circuit Board) and replacing with a healthy one
  • Replacing the damaged read-write head assembly with that of a healthy machine
  • Removing the disk platters of the damaged drive and installing them into a healthy one.
  • A combination of all these techniques

Disk imaging is necessitated when the data recovery process from a damaged disk fails. The damaged image is recovered and analyzed. The original file system is recovered after repairing the logical inconsistencies. Most of the damaged files can be extracted, though not 100% in most cases.

One of the best data recovery software programs is Data Recovery Pro. This program can bring deleted email messages and their attachments back to life. Data Recovery Pro can also retrieve lost files from many peripheral storage devices, such as your USB stick, iPod Classic, iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano. Another feature of Data Recovery Pro is the ability to restore (partial) files from recently formatted or partitioned drives and bad sectors. Click here to download a Free Scan of Data Recovery Pro.