Would Linux alleviate my performance issues on Win10?

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by Dimitri, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd run MemTest and a hard drive check for good measure. Those errors don't point to anything specific and you're only seeing a few because the logs get purged seemingly at random if you have regular system crashes.
     
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  2. Dimitri

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    By memtest do you mean MemTest86? Can that be used on 64 bit computers?
     
  3. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes and yes
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    If you run any type of temp file cleaner such as Ccleaner it will delete the dump files. Those codes are basically generic and doesn't really explain whats going on. I need you to zip up the following files and attach them to your next reply. I will then debug them.

    C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\071019-35375-01.dmp
    C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\071019-30859-01.dmp
    C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\070919-25593-01.dmp
     
  5. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh yeah that too.
     
  6. Dimitri

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    In the interim I've had another BSOD so you're getting one more file :)

    I'll be getting on the memtest asap.
     

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  7. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    2 of the 4 are pointing to memory corruption, and the other 2 were pointing to Firefox.exe and Explorer.exe which still could be memory related. So run memtest and see what the results are.
     
  8. Dimitri

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    Just to keep you guys abreast of what's going on. I'm trying to run memtest, but I've been running into a problem. I asked about it on memtest's forum, so when I get this sorted out I'll report back with the results.

    Here's the problem I'm having, in case someone here might know what's up:

    I created a bootable USB and set the computer to boot from USB, but when I restart it it just goes to a blank black screen with the little dash for writing ( _ ) at the start of the screen. I can hear the HDD working hard, but nothing is happening and the red light indicating that the computer is working isn't blinking. I waited about 5-10 mins, but nothing happened, it just got suck there.
     
  9. Darren

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    Probably need to change boot mode to legacy mode too boot off of it.
     
  10. Dimitri

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    Actually, it's legacy now, it needs to be UEFI. I have an old MB (MSI MS-7641) and I'm trying to figure out how to check whether it supports UEFI .
     
  11. Dimitri

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    Well, I ran memtest and it took so long I had to go to sleep and consequently I didn't see the end result, but by the time I went to sleep it had found 8.4k errors. Does that mean my RAM's busted?

    In the meantime, I've had a slew of more BSODs, so I'll up those dumps here in case anyone wants to bother having a look (feels like there have been more than these few files). It seems to me that the most frequent messages I get at BSOD is "memory management", but there's a wide range of other messages I get.
     

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  12. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Yup. New RAM time. If you've got multiple sticks pull them out and test them one by one. If Memtest kicks 2 or more errors it's bad and you can just cancel the test. If it's just one sometimes that's a fluke/bug in my experience. Tested hundreds of machines with it. Usually if it fails it's almost immediately but I'd run 2 passes on each stick to be sure.

    Blue screens are from bad RAM so nothing to analyze really.
     
  13. Dimitri

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    The thing is tho, I switched to Win 10 I think 2 years ago or something like that, before that I ran Windows XP for ages and I NEVER had crashes on XP, but as soon as I switched to 10 it started crashing like crazy.
     
  14. OmniDyne

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    So you're saying that you've been experiencing crashes and blue screens for two years straight? I thought you said this was a recent development?
     
  15. johnb35

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    I'm not believing this one bit. You'll find out that any hardware that was on XP will not run Windows 10 as its too old. Most likely this is a totally different machine.
     
  16. Darren

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    I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. I've seen people go from XP to 10 successfully, particularly if it was a late install of XP to avoid Vista.
     
  17. Dimitri

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    No, what is a recent development is that it slowed down tremendously. It takes it minutes to stabilize and stop working when it gets to desktop. That's why I started the thread, I was wondering whether switching to Linux would give me significantly better performance. The crashes were always there.

    Wtf, I'm a liar now???

    I told you what my configuration is, that's what I ran XP on, that's what I've been running 10 on and it worked fine speed wise for a long time, although it was always crashy.
     
  18. johnb35

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    I apologize then. But the end result remains. You have bad ram and it needs to be replaced. Something must have happened to it during the upgrade process. Did you remove everything and give it a good cleaning during that time? Could have done damage when removing parts. Even so, 10 won't run well on old parts especially on the older slower cache hdd's. 8 gb of ram and 64mb cache hdd's should be minimum these days for 10. You already have a license for 10. Buy new ram and an SSD and you should be set.
     
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  19. beers

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    Dang, that Athlon's old AF. You can legitimately get an unlockable phenom II for under 10 bucks and double your core count :p

    RAM's relatively inexpensive again, replacing with a 2x4gb kit should be set for a while. More RAM would help out your HDD since the OS can retain more data as cached in RAM when it's not being utilized by other processes.
     
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