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    Computer losing some zip on some games

    Hi guys,

    My desktop is 4 years old. It works fine. I have noticed that it's slow playing certain games (like Jungle Gin in Pogo). I suppose gaming needs may be passing my computer's abilities.

    What sorts of things can I look at to give it a nudge?

    It's Windows XP Service Pack 2. (I know .... I groaned when that came along). Pentium 4, 1,90 GHz, 1.89 Ghz, 512 Ram

    Should I look to upgrade memory, graphics card ..... ?
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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    Oh yeah, it's not my internet connection. I've played the same games on my work laptop and I have no trouble at all. Sssshhhhh ..... I was just testing.
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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    ...... and I've run Ad Aware, Disk cleanup/defrag and cleared my cache, etc.
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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    Needs more RAM.
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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    Windows slows down the longer it goes without a reinstall, it just happens no matter how clean the system is.
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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    You could remove the word "computer" from the title of this thread and insert the name of any number of pitchers the Reds have had over the years.

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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    Quote Originally Posted by OldRightHander View Post
    You could remove the word "computer" from the title of this thread and insert the name of any number of pitchers the Reds have had over the years.
    So says the 'resident optimist'




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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    RAM/Memory is usually the culprit in a computer slowing down

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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    Wow, if your not able to run simple games like that on pogo, it means a)Theres a malfunction with your hardware b) You need to update your hardwares drivers. C) You have a lot of spyware and trojans that are undetected by scans and if this is the case I just usually reformat it.
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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    While more RAM may help, 512 should still be sufficient.

    What kind on graphics card is installed?

    And as FoReel already suggested, you may need to update your drivers.

    And AdAware doesn't always get all spyware.

    I suggest getting Webroot's Spy Sweeper. I think it is the best on the market. You can download it for a free 30 day trial. But afterwards, it's $30 well invested.

    I run it and AdAware.

    http://www.webroot.com/land/freescan...929&ac=5191048
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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    I run Zone Alarm as my firewall, AVG as my anti virus and ewido as my anti spyware. All have pay versions, but I run the free versions. I also run Microsofts Windows Defender as a second spyware search, then Ad Aware. I run all three about once a month.

    makes me feel somewhat safe.
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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCasey View Post
    Hi guys,

    My desktop is 4 years old. It works fine. I have noticed that it's slow playing certain games (like Jungle Gin in Pogo). I suppose gaming needs may be passing my computer's abilities.
    What sorts of things can I look at to give it a nudge?

    It's Windows XP Service Pack 2. (I know .... I groaned when that came along). Pentium 4, 1,90 GHz, 1.89 Ghz, 512 Ram

    Should I look to upgrade memory, graphics card ..... ?
    That PC should be just fine for playing those games. Even though you have cleaned up your hard drive some, if you haven't reinstalled your operating system in 4 years, the Windows Registry is probably a nice little mess. There are some tools out there to help you, and if you feel ok about trying something before doing a complete reinstall of your OS, then I would try one of them. I personally like TuneUp Utilities http://www.tune-up.com/
    "And the fact that watching him pitch is like having someone poop on your soul." FCB on Gary Majewski

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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    Thanks everyone. I'll try some of these when I get home again.
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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    Quote Originally Posted by StillFunkyB View Post
    That PC should be just fine for playing those games. Even though you have cleaned up your hard drive some, if you haven't reinstalled your operating system in 4 years, the Windows Registry is probably a nice little mess. There are some tools out there to help you, and if you feel ok about trying something before doing a complete reinstall of your OS, then I would try one of them. I personally like TuneUp Utilities http://www.tune-up.com/
    Is Ace Utilies, which I have, pretty much the same thing?

    http://www.download.com/Ace-Utilitie...-10145494.html
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    Re: Computer losing some zip on some games

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    Is Ace Utilies, which I have, pretty much the same thing?

    http://www.download.com/Ace-Utilitie...-10145494.html
    Yes, it is very similar. There are several of these little programs out there. I just suggested the one I have used before.
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