Do Computers Slow Down?
My machine is not an old antiquarian
piece but a two-year old Pentium 4 with some fancy bells and
whistles that I've modified into the computing equivalent of
General Lee of the infamous Dukes of Hazard ... then why does
it slow down?
If you are like me, you're probably always sitting
at your computer running all sorts of programs at work and,
in your free time, surfing the web looking for all sorts of
information, listening to MP3s, watching a couple of DVD movies,
and dedicating some serious time to your favourite games. What
remains of the day is dedicated to shut-eye. Even food is mostly
consumed in front of the screen.
If you are like me, your computer is slow! Mind
you, my machine is not an old antiquarian piece but a two year
old Pentium 4 with some fancy bells and whistles that I have
added to transform it into the computing equivalent of General
Lee of the infamous Dukes of Hazard.
If you are like me, you are at a point where
you are thinking that your hardware is not powerful enough to
support the more recent games and the latest applications, be
they for work or pleasure.
Computers slow down for a variety of reason.
However, it doesn't have anything to do with outdated technology
except for gaming where graphics cards rule. Even here, however,
I believe you can still make some serious changes that will
boost the performance of your PC.
Today's programs are power-hungry applications
that eat away at your processing power greatly slowing your
computer especially if yours is a couple of years old. Large
amounts of RAM are required to store all the data from displaying
icons and images to streaming music and playing the appropriate
sound effects to creating temporary files on your hard drive
for recovery to making sure that your internet connection is
up and running all the time. Windows constantly switches data
from your RAM to your hard drive storing the less important
data in the latter and recalling it to the former when it becomes
important. This creates more and more delays and bottlenecks
and may eventually crash your system. What's worse is that if
you don't have some decent firewall, anti-virus and spyware
software, your PC is probably infected with background processes
that are working away doing harmful or unimportant stuff that
further increases the burden on your processor and RAM.
If you are like me, you will have experienced
your Windows screen freezing or stalling for a few seconds as
you switch from one program to another, at times making you
wait for as long as half a minute. This morning, in fact, I
was trying out a performance optimiser that froze my computer
for about four minutes. However, problems of delays and related
glitches are, more often than not, caused by software conflicts
and bad settings rather than insufficient hardware power. Yes,
hardware does effect BUT, in most cases, you can maximise what
you have and postpone the investment of another $1000+ on an
new system further in the future. By optimizing all your system
settings and by monitoring resource usage more carefully, these
problems can be avoided, resulting in a faster, smoother and
more stable computing experience.