For a technology system consisting of a few parts it’s has actually worked out fairly well. There is an occasional hiccup where I have to restart the computer, but it has only been about 5 times… and fortunately, I didn’t miss anything important like a Patriots game.
However, over the last four months, I noticed that the video would slur a bit… about every 30 seconds it would do it for a second. It’s not a great experience, but you still get the idea of the show you are watching. The problem comes in when you are watching a Bruins game and they score during a blur. That’s exactly what happened to me yesterday.
I had been trying quite a few things to fix the blur. I looked to make sure the hardware wasn’t overheating. I checked to make sure that I good video codecs installed. Since the computer should be more than powerful enough, I had that way down on my list of things to check.
After the goal (which gave the Bruins a healthy cushion with little time remaining), I went through and uninstalled every program that I wasn’t 100% sure that I needed. Then I went through and took away any special effects that makes Windows pretty (more on this later). When I went back to the game the slur was gone. It didn’t come back for the rest of the night. I’m knocking on a Sequoia tree right now. (However, if it comes back, I can do a lot more things.)
This reminded me that I’m not sure if I’ve written on this topic before. The reason why is that there are lot of guides out there that do a good job of it. Also it straddles the line of being a technology post and a frugal post. Why frugal? Well if you can speed up your computer, you can delay buying a new one.
Before I give you the guide that I found most helpful, I’ll share a trick that I do. I put all my data in separate area of the hard drive under a folder called… you guessed it… Data. That means that pictures, text documents, Word documents, videos, etc. all goes here. It’s organized into a million sub-directories like those for business and those for home. However, the end result is that I can take this information with me to any computer and reasonably do my work there. This comes in particularly handy with the best computer speed up trick of all time:
Format the hard drive and reinstall Windows from scratch. Obviously before you format the hard drive, you’ll want to move the data to SD card or a thumb drive (maybe you already have a back-up in the cloud). After reinstalling Windows, just grab the latest versions of the applications you need, put this directory back in place and you are good to go.
With that said, How To Geek has a number of other, less drastic solutions. You could probably get lost in all the articles that are linked in that one article, but hopefully just a few steps brings your computer back to working great again. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the use minimal visual effects that I mentioned above.