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I can't run multiple programs on my desktop for shit :( I didn't build this one, bought it from Circuit City about 6 months ago (it's an HP m8100n). dual core AMD 64, 5600/2.8GHz, 3GB RAM, 500GB HD (I've filled about 190GB of that).

My programs aren't running slowly, I am just flat-out not able to run multiple programs at once for long before everything starts stalling out or refusing to open. Right now for example, I have iTunes running, 2 Explorer windows open (2 tabs open in each), Yahoo messenger and downloading a movie. I tried to open Photoshop...nope, won't even open. I can't run Photoshop and Illustrator at the same time for more than about 20 minutes, which is a major pain in the ass. After 20-30 minutes my right click will be disabled, or maybe I'll open IE and the menubar will be completely missing. Or maybe I want to open up a folder, but clicking on "My Documents" gives me a blank window. It's different every time. But if I close one of the programs, then the others will start working as normal. For a little while, at least. This gets worse over time before I am forced to just restart the computer. Hell, often times I can't even bring up the Task Manager.

Is this a Vista problem? It seems like a memory problem to this computer n00blet, but I would think 3MB is plenty. If I am downloading large files (20MB or larger) I can be pretty much guaranteed that something will stall or not allow me to open; not really acceptable since I rely on FTP for people sending me large files (Illy, PS, image-heavy zipped folders, etc) or heaven forbid I download a porno. Nevermind that my 5-year-old computer running XP with a pitiful 512MB RAM has NEVER had this problem before. I should note too that my 17" HP has never had a single problem either, running Illy, Photoshop, iTunes and a IE window or two all at once, and IIRC I've only 1GB RAM on that (it is dual-core also, but I don't remember what its using or the processor speed). Suggestions? Does this sound out of the ordinary?
 

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I think this is a software problem, whether it be Vista itself or some malware (Ads, trojans, etc.). Hell, your machine sounds even better than mine, so I doubt the hardware is the problem.
 

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well...dammit. Can't I just throw some money at the problem and it will just fix itself? :lol: I just did a full scan last week (I use AVG) and it didn't pick up anything...this has been going on for months. I know I could simply bring it back to CC, but I can't go that long without a computer setup at home :(
 

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Those are some decent specs for doing some fairly basic tasks. You could switch back to XP or get a Mac. *coughcough* ;)
 

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well...dammit. Can't I just throw some money at the problem and it will just fix itself? :lol: I just did a full scan last week (I use AVG) and it didn't pick up anything...this has been going on for months. I know I could simply bring it back to CC, but I can't go that long without a computer setup at home :(
I'd recommend backing everything up, go to Newegg and pick up a OEM copy of XP for ~$100, then do a clean install over Vista.
 

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I can still get it XP at NewEgg? I may do that then. I had to strongarm a local shop in to selling me a leftover copy a few months back when I built my work computer; they said that Microsoft no longer allows them to do so. Obviously major chain stores are out of the question, they haven't had XP for well over a year.

Really I'd only want to do that as a last resort, but I'll consider it. I'm not pissed off enough to go back to a Mac though Tim :lol:
 

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I can still get it XP at NewEgg? I may do that then. I had to strongarm a local shop in to selling me a leftover copy a few months back when I built my work computer; they said that Microsoft no longer allows them to do so. Obviously major chain stores are out of the question, they haven't had XP for well over a year.

Really I'd only want to do that as a last resort, but I'll consider it. I'm not pissed off enough to go back to a Mac though Tim :lol:
Leopard is pretty tight. At any rate, XP SP3 is suppose to be due out early 08 so unless it's canceled it'll be alive and kicking a bit longer.
 

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the XP sollution is bullshit. everyone likes to point fingers at vista but I have a toshibe laptop, duel core PENTIUM D processor 1.73GHz, 2Gb of RAM and vista home preimum and I regularly run not only IE explorer but trillian, some gadgets, Avast virus along with several other background programs and I'm sitting at 50% RAM. some of which vista reserves. I can then open Photoshop CS3 AND Lightroom AND dreamweaver and work just fine unless I start doing some crazy 3D stuff or enormous panorama merges.
 

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  • Turn off Eye Candy, just run for best performance
  • Delete Temp Garbage
  • Cleanup programs running in the background
  • Run perfmon to review system performance. Watch for CPU, Memory, and I/O usage. Also watch to see if you are running into pagefile (not likely with 3GB of system memory)
  • How many sticks are you using to get 3GB of ram? If 3, remove one to enable dual channel access.
  • Install second Drive for Photoshop and make the second drive your cache drive


I like using a separate system drive, preferably a fast one while my data is put on a larger drive.

There can be a bunch of things going on, my suspicion is that you have installed a couple of ugly apps that are taking your system for a spin. Or, Vista is performing system maintenance during the middle of the day...
 

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How is the paging file configured within Vista?? Maybe you could troubleshoot from that direction and see if that corrects the problem.
 

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How is the paging file configured within Vista?? Maybe you could troubleshoot from that direction and see if that corrects the problem.
By default, the page file is set to be automatically managed by the OS in Vista. :dunno: He might want to manually set the page file.


But I agree with Rick. I also have 2GB of RAM with Vista and I have no issues running multiple programs.
 

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the XP sollution is bullshit. everyone likes to point fingers at vista but I have a toshibe laptop, duel core PENTIUM D processor 1.73GHz, 2Gb of RAM and vista home preimum and I regularly run not only IE explorer but trillian, some gadgets, Avast virus along with several other background programs and I'm sitting at 50% RAM. some of which vista reserves. I can then open Photoshop CS3 AND Lightroom AND dreamweaver and work just fine unless I start doing some crazy 3D stuff or enormous panorama merges.
My "high-end" Toshiba I bought in Feb. (before I returned it) with Vista Ultimate couldn't even play a DVD if Aero was running in the background and that was the least of its problems.
 

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My "high-end" Toshiba I bought in Feb. (before I returned it) with Vista Ultimate couldn't even play a DVD if Aero was running in the background and that was the least of its problems.
again, something is fucked up...I have aero running in the background of that screen shot. you should be able to see the icon in the bottom left of the task bar.
 

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oh, and Mark I had some simple images open in all the adobe programs as well. nothing enormous or 3D but just some basic stuff to at least make it work a little.
 

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Anus, you have Trillian too? A friend of mine was telling me that Trillian takes up too much memory for my notebook like this old Sony VAIO PCG that I'm typing on now.
 
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