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Time to pick your brains again

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by sarge, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. sarge

    sarge Millennium Member

    Jan 26, 1999
    90.44.1W 35.48.4N
    I do a lot of reading but not a lot of posting. When I have computer problems I have always gotten straight talk here that has solved my problem.

    Here's the latest problem.

    I have an older Dell desktop that over the last few days has gone from running decently for its age to running like an 80's model 286. It takes forever to boot up and when it does, loading a program has gotten to where it takes minutes at times.

    Specs are a Dell Dimension 4600 that will be 10 years old next April, 80GB hard drive with ~5GB free, 2.5GB ram.

    Yes, I know it's a boat anchor but all I'm trying to do now is to get it running enough that I can make sure my files are backed up. I think I'm going to Sams on Friday and buying one of their HP's with 1TB drive and 6 GB ram for $488 and ditch this one.

    A web site like this one runs OK, but trying to open an email attachment will either take several minutes or finally I get the Not Running error.

    One other question while we are on the new computer subject. I run Outlook express and have emails and email addresses and lists that I terrible need to save to the new computer. How do I do that? If I absolutely have to give up the email I can, but I would hate to try to create new email lists.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. srhoades


    Jul 14, 2000
    Start > run > eventvwr.msc > system

    See a lot of red disk errors or yellow NTFS errors? If so your hard drive is on its last leg.

    The Outlook Express addres book is located at:
    C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book.

    Outlook Express is no longer supported but you should be able to import your contacts with whatever you end up using.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012

  3. sarge

    sarge Millennium Member

    Jan 26, 1999
    90.44.1W 35.48.4N
    I just looked and had yellows from a while back.

    Starting on the 20th I started getting Errors on Service Control Manager. Got a few on the 23, 24 and 25th and a lot on the 26th.

    Yesterday's were SCM and DCOM errors.

    So far today no errors but a lot of Disk Warnings.

    Time to upgrade??
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  4. srhoades


    Jul 14, 2000
    Yup. The disk warning means the drive is on its way out.

    Outlook Express stores each foler in a DBX file, they are located here:
    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{Identity-GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express\
  5. Detectorist


    Jul 16, 2008
    Before you do anything drastic, please empty you temporary Internet files. I have seen that action alone produce near miracles..
  6. birda40

    birda40 Woody

    Nov 19, 2011
    Chicago, Ill.
    Disk clean up and Defrag may give you a little speed, at least to get your private things onto a back up drive.