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Windows 7: downloads causing heavy PC lag

21 Mar 2010   #21
JordanJP

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you know I believe I had that same issue with my prior Acer laptop. I bought my current laptop that I use now last year in order to replace my old acer laptop. I remember near the end when I would listen to music, it would be choppy and jumpy and whatnot. I knew I needed a new system anyway. So I just ended up selling it on ebay, made a bit of cash that went towards my current laptop. I believe the culprit there though, was the hard drive on the verge of failing. I never told the person to whom I sold the laptop too that I thought the hdd was about to fail, however what one doesn't know will most likely not hurt. so long story short, I think that maybe your hard drive is slowing hitting rock bottom.

Perhaps it's time for a new one or possibly a whole new system ? It wouldn't hurt


Cheers


JJP


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21 Mar 2010   #22
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Swimaf View Post
I did not try Chrome, maybe it needs less RAM than Firefox but i am not sure at all.
I have installed Malwarebytes' and turn the environmental protection on (in order to instantly detect malwares) then my system does not run faster..
I heard there was a way to defrag the RAM, it will be useful, perhaps you should try.
RAM defragmenters that supposedly "free up RAM" are just a myth. They just push all your processes to the Windows page file, which is slower and only used when you're low on RAM. That virtual vacuum of free space in your RAM just pulls them back. So really, no change.
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21 Mar 2010   #23
Swimaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
RAM defragmenters that supposedly "free up RAM" are just a myth. They just push all your processes to the Windows page file, which is slower and only used when you're low on RAM. That virtual vacuum of free space in your RAM just pulls them back. So really, no change.
Understood. Actually I thought it was a false rumor when I red it for the first time, even tough this sort of tool would be great!
The best would be to disable your AV, firewall and anti-MW in order to download without any lag... It would also mean that your computer becomes a perfect target for all the *#$!% that come from the Internet. It's up to you.

IMO there is no need to change anything on your system but to download smaller files with using a low-RAM-consuming software.

There is another thing I am used to do (in extreme cases): when the quantity of remaining RAM reaches a very low level, start a game. Win7 will instantly unlock at least 200mb of RAM to make the game running. Then you close the program and reload your DLs. It is a kind of "Bob the builder" trick but it works
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21 Mar 2010   #24
MrCharles

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeZ View Post
MrCharles, are you running Malwarebytes anti malware, if so disable the system ip protection

My issues are now resolved and i can download at full speed, transfer across the network with absolutely no lag

It seems that was the main problem!! Thanks man! its finally gone for now at least hopefully that was the main cause and goes away.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
MrCharles,
the snapshot shows 2 striking things:
1) Firefox is consuming 32 % cpu resources. Thats abnormal to say the least. Would suggest you uninstall and try using a different browser. Or at least uninstall, clean up, then reinstall firefox.
2) The other is the that ntkernel and system cpu usage. Suggest you scan for malware with malwarebytes Antimalware. Also suggest you turn off indexing on all drives.
what does indexing do? and How do I go about turning it off ?
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21 Mar 2010   #25
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Swimaf View Post
Hi guys! This is my first post on this forum and I do it in order to rescue you MrCharles

I had exactly the same problem than you. It happens that sometimes my system runs lower than usualy even if I found a cure.
I have chosen Eset Nod32 and I have 2GB of RAM too so I know how your system is used to run (however I have a c2d but it doesn not care)
The problem is that Seven, in all of its versions, seems to have some difficulties managing less than 2GB of RAM. Seven is actually made to run with the very half of all the RAM you have in your PC (if you have 2GB it will need about 1GB to run properly).
Nevertheless Win7 has the capacity to unlock exactly what it needs to run, I mean RAM. So when you dl like I do with Mozilla Firefox or Flashget or I-dont-know-what the more you write on your HDD, the more your dl-manager will need some RAM to run and when there is no available RAM anymore, the soft (firefox) stops everything it was doing and try to find the ressources to continue downloading.
It is kind of irritating when you were about to put an end to a 10GB download that took 5h! Hopefully, as I said, Win7 may close programs or processes in order to decrease the quantity of RAM in use and sometimes it happens that firefox reloads and continues downloading but often it does not. So the cure I found is very simple, you have to use a download manager that may stop downloading while you are rebooting your system and restarts after you made it. Of course there is another solution: get more RAM
My system was using about 45% out of 2GB RAM when I started downloading, 2h later it uses more than 95% and my HDD makes some unusual noises making Win7 running very very slowly but now I make breaks every 2h and reboot windows (in the wait of my second pin of 2GB ^^)!

Unfortunately Win7 has been built like that and people like us (with less than 4GB of RAM) pay the price...

Thanks for the information. I do note that you have 2 gigs on a 64bit system. That is the absolute minimum according to MS. Mr charles I believe has 2 gigs on 32 bit (twice the absolute minimum)


Ken
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22 Mar 2010   #26
Swimaf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
Thanks for the information. I do note that you have 2 gigs on a 64bit system. That is the absolute minimum according to MS. Mr charles I believe has 2 gigs on 32 bit (twice the absolute minimum)


Ken
Yes that is true, 2Gb are the very minimum for a x64 system however my Win7 seems to use about half of all the RAM in idle mode (trusting the widgets on my desktop).
Anyway, 4Gb is becoming the most common value with Win7 don't you agree?

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It seems that was the main problem!! Thanks man! its finally gone for now at least hopefully that was the main cause and goes away.
Happy you finally found an issue, even if it didn't work for me..
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