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I'm not able to figure out what the actual problem with my system is. It takes 15-20 min to start up completely and when I checked the start up programs there was no big program listed.

When I open any program either it stops responding or it takes a long time to open even though CPU usage is always between 0-10%. I did everything I could find to improve the system performance:

  • disk defragment
  • disk check
  • removing start programs
  • clearing temp files
  • scanning system using anti virus
  • using ccleaner

None of this resulted in any improvement. I suspect some problem between RAM and hard drive because when I'm trying to copy something from one drive to another it takes long time for small files also.

System Configuration

OS : Windows 7
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo
Hard Drive : 320 G.B.(45-48% used)
Ram : 3 GB.


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I had a similar issue on an old system. I reinstalled and it seemed to fix it. NOT an ideal solution, but I'd tried everything else I could think of. – Journeyman Geek Mar 15 '13 at 14:21
so you mean.. i should format my c: drive and re-install the OS. – jWeaver Mar 15 '13 at 14:24
You mention you have multiple hard drives, did you check all of them? This could be a hard disk failing. – terdon Mar 15 '13 at 14:25
i mean... i have single hard-drive with multiple partition of it. – jWeaver Mar 15 '13 at 14:26
Try booting a liveCD (either via an old fashioned CD or via a pen drive). If the system is not slow then you have a software problem. If it still is slow you probably have a hardware problem. (In which case: Check temperatures. A failed fan will lead to thermal throttling. Also check the event log. Especially for disk related errors). – Hennes Mar 15 '13 at 14:59

Well as things are there's not really enough information to tell, but there's a few useful tools to get that information.

Firstly the built in resource manager - you can start up task manager, go to performance then resource manager. This gives you an overview of what your system is using - memory and cpu are probably the most interesting things here

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Next I'd hit the drive with hdtune - this will do a speed benchmark.

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Mine's identical to someone else with the same model so its probably fine. I think I have a drive of similar vintage to yours I can check later.

I also use speedfan - it does smart tests and compares your results to other similar drives if they have been submitted

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Once we've ruled out hardware, soluto, amongst other things times what's booting up and helps work it what's slowing down. There's other applications for actually turning off startup entries but nothing else times them.

If all this dosen't help you work out where the bottle neck is, try reinstalling. Its a pain but if it isn't hardware or obviously findable software, nuking it from orbit may be the only option

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these software should i use for testing the hardware performance or to improving the hardware performance ?? – jWeaver Mar 15 '13 at 15:12
Testing hardware and software performance and finding bottlenecks – Journeyman Geek Mar 15 '13 at 15:12
ok .. let me install these software on my system and i'll share those result with you, for further guide. – jWeaver Mar 15 '13 at 15:18
update your question with those if you can – Journeyman Geek Mar 15 '13 at 15:19
please check my system test result, i notice, it showing critical temp for HD :(. So, what should i do ?? apart from that, i feel, everything is ok, if you think, there are more problem with some other part of my system. Then please let me know. – jWeaver Mar 15 '13 at 16:22

Your temperatures are through the roof.

If this is a laptop, I'd say your CPU radiator is clogged. I mean the part where hot air came out when you bought the laptop. Get a miniature knitting pin (or something like a "loose hair tool" from, turn off the computer and try to get all of the scorched dust out. Alternatively, take apart the laptop and keep digging until you reach the heat-sink.

If this is a stationary box, then your CPU fan is probably dead or not rotating. Possibly the GPU fan too. Fix your ventilation by installing fans on the box. Drill and saw holes for them if need be. Vacuum the box 4 times a year.

Your temperatures should be roughly:

Intel Core 2 Duo 
  idle 30-45 C
  load 55-60 C 

Hard drive
  idle 30-35 C
  load 40-55 C

For comparison, both of the system drives here (WDC raptor) are at 25 C when idle and the CPU (Q9550 @ 3.2 GHz) is at 36 C.

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I don't know how to improve RAM performance, other than making sure you use all the available channels, use chips with same speed, buy faster chips. – Ярослав Рахматуллин Mar 16 '13 at 2:33
Since, temperature of my system is far away to the recommended temperature for the cores and hard-drive (which you have mentioned). So, can you tell me, what are the possible cause to solve this issue. – jWeaver Mar 19 '13 at 2:07
I have already suggested that you clean your PC, install better ventilation and check that the fans currently installed work as they should. – Ярослав Рахматуллин Mar 19 '13 at 2:12
Thanks for your suggestion, i was confuse, so i was confirming. Thanks!! – jWeaver Mar 19 '13 at 2:14

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