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Computer very laggy after waking up from screensaver
Posted: Posted December 21st, 2016
Edited December 21st, 2016 by Blake

I don't know what to do, but for the past week, something bad is happening to my PC! I have Windows 7 and I've had this computer for about 4 years now and it never used to lag this bad. Sometimes after waking up my PC from the screensaver, it's really laggy and my PC will hang for about 5-10 seconds, programs will not respond, and I'm scared! I had to set set my "Turn off display" to never. Hell, that didn't fix it, now I had to set my screensaver to "9,999" minutes because I don't know what else to do! Someone please help!! I don't want to have to get a new PC and fucking reinstall everything! I had to go through that same shit for 4 damn straight years in a row (2007-2011) on my old laptop and it was a goddamn nightmare! Never again, ugh!

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You should consider periodically reinstalling your OS to be a privileged cleansing ritual to appease the machine spirit.

If you're hellbent on not formatting, just uninstall all applications and delete all files that you don't need, then run your handy-dandy Microsoft prepackaged administrative tools for clearing disk space and defragmenting your hard drive. Or use CCleaner/BleachBit or you're a lazy asshole (like me).

I'm going to reinstall my OS at the turn of the year. Not having performance issues, just want to clean it out.

Edited February 14th by nullfather
nullfather

I still have over 630GB of data left. So I can't be running out or room. I have no idea what it is that could be slowing it down? It only happens after I wake up my PC from the screensaver.

Edited December 21st, 2016 by Blake
Blake
 

>I still have over 630GB of data left. So I can't be running out or room.

Learn what disk fragmentation is and defragment your drive, because this could be something as simple as a heavily fragmented paging file.

Try turning off power-saver settings and applications.

Make sure your drivers are updated. This probably isn't it, but do it anyway.

Posted December 21st, 2016 by nullfather
nullfather

You should be able to set your screensaver to "none" and it shouldn't do a screensaver at all.



Posted December 21st, 2016 by Forte Lambardi
Forte Lambardi

I rebooted yesterday and so far, it seems to run fine. I hope those problems have been fixed, at least for a long time. I don't understand what happened? I have "Turn off display" set to "Never" and deselected "On resume, display logon screen". I really hope all of that helps.

Edited December 22nd, 2016 by Blake
Blake
 

>I rebooted yesterday and so far, it seems to run fine.

How often do you normally shut down your computer?

Posted December 22nd, 2016 by nullfather
nullfather

It's been working fine, ever since I got back from my parents house for the holidays, a couple of days ago. Hope everything is fine from here.

Posted December 28th, 2016 by Blake
Blake
 

It fucking happened again, last night around 4 A.M. I had to reboot it again. So at least I got it to run okay for a few weeks. I hope my PC doesn't have a virus! I've only had this for 4 1/2 years.

Edited January 11th by Blake
Blake
 

It just got fucking worse! Just came home last night and it started doing it after about less than an hour. I was able to use it for a little while and then it started fucking up again. Rebooted and it worked fine, left it on the screensaver for like 1-2 hours and then it started doing it again. Had to fucking reboot for the second time, but this time I had to hold the power button for like 10-15 seconds because it was stuck on the "Shutting down" screen for like almost 10 minutes. My audio even stutters and makes a grinding noise. What the hell do I do? Like I said, this computer is almost 5 years old. Well, it will be this August. I just adjusted the screensaver to go off at 15 minutes instead of 60 minutes, will that work? Do I need a new HDD, computer, or OS? If so, can I backup everything and restore it, without having to add any files or folders and reinstall all programs?

Edited January 23rd by Blake
Blake
 

Don't bother asking for advice that you're not going to follow.

Posted January 23rd by nullfather
nullfather

What the hell do I do?


Did you do what Forte said in this quote:

You should be able to set your screensaver to "none" and it shouldn't do a screensaver at all.


Because if the screensaver coming on is consistently what's causing it then just turning it off would be a sufficient fix for you. Screensavers aren't essential like they used to be so you don't need to have one on.

Null was also offering good advice for general PC maintenance that you should consider just doing as well regardless of this issue.

Do I need a new HDD, computer, or OS?


That's pretty difficult for anyone to diagnose over the internet. Typically HDDs will start to sound bad when they go bad, but what you're describing doesn't sound much like to hard drive issue to me. If it was your hard drive I would expect it to either be much more random or constantly happening. That it always happens when your screensaver comes on sounds more like data/Windows being the issue rather than hardware.

If so, can I backup everything and restore it, without having to add any files or folders and reinstall all programs?


There is software out there that will assist with backing up... But honestly it's just as easy to copy all your documents onto a portable hard drive and then copy them back over when you're finished. I'm not sure in regards to programs, you would definitely need to use some software if you wanted to backup but I have no personal recommendations. I usually just reinstall everything myself.

That said, if you try just disabling your screensaver you may find this issue goes away.

Edited January 23rd by Moonray
Moonray
 

Disabled screensaver earlier today and so far it runs fine.

Posted January 24th by Blake
Blake
 

It's been shit, even with the screensaver off. I had a laggy mouse cursor for a few minutes and then it runs just fine. Returned about an hour or two later, and the mouse cursor still lagged, then came out of it after almost 2 minutes. How do I fix this?

Basically I move the cursor around in circles until it stops lagging. I'm really fucking worried about my PC. I've had it since July 2012 and I really don't want to go through the hell of getting Windows 10, just to fucking reinstall everything like files and programs. I've already had a very bad experience with that from 2006-2011, over the course of two laptops.

Edited February 14th by Blake
Blake
 

Don't bother asking for advice that you're not going to follow.


Posted February 14th by Ghowilo
Ghowilo

If it were me in this situation I'd just be getting my Windows disc and reinstalling Windows. Some problems aren't worth wasting hours over when you can just start afresh :)

But if you still insist on doing it the hard way:

  • Do you turn your PC off on a regular basis? I know a lot of people seem to think it's a "myth" that computers need turning off, but they do need to get some rest just like everyone else :)

  • Did you try defragging your machine as Null said? I personally use defraggler but there are plenty of alternatives. Download link for defraggler here (it'll autostart the download):
    https://www.piriform.com/defraggler/download/standard
  • Have you checked for viruses? The symptoms don't really sound like your typical virus to me but it's always worth a check just in case.

  • Have you got any junk software running? Over time it's pretty easy to accumulate a lot of junk software running in the background as it often comes bundled with other software. The typical kinds are those "PC speed up" ones that actually just slow your PC down, or fake/weak anti virus software. CCleaner can help, it will also purge any unneeded temp files/cache/etc. Download link below (again it will auto start the download):
    https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard
  • Try another mouse? Check the surface it is on for dust/dirt/etc? If you don't have another one see if you can borrow someone's. It could just be a coincidence and your mouse is failing :)

    Also out of curiosity what spec is your PC?

  • Posted February 14th by Moonray
    Moonray
     

    but they do need to get some rest just like everyone else :)

    Interestingly, it's not that they need to rest. Will elaborate shortly.

    Did you try defragging your machine as Null said? I personally use defraggler but there are plenty of alternatives. Download link for defraggler here (it'll autostart the download):

    Defragmenters are generally unnecessary. They are useful when you leave your machine running non-stop because something is accessing resources in memory and leave holes in the memory when the resources are no longer needed and the memory chunks (for lack of a better word off the top of my head) is freed. These holes can be rather small, too small to be worth re-allocating, and are called fragmentation. Over time, fragmentation can become an issue as you start to run out of large enough memory chunks to allocate. You could run a defragmenter (if you need the machine to keep running), or you could restart your computer. What happens when you restart your computer is all the memory is freed and it begins reallocating from the beginning, effectively defragmenting your machine.

    Edited February 16th by Ghowilo
    Ghowilo

    We're referring to different kinds of fragmentation, Ghowlio, unless your computer defragments the entire hard drive when you restart.

    Posted February 16th by nullfather
    nullfather

    I was referring to RAM not ROM.

    Posted February 16th by Ghowilo
    Ghowilo

    And we're talking about the fact that the hard drive does need a defrag every once in a while. I've yet to encounter a PC that didn't have fragmentation after a a year.

    Neither RAM or ROM have anything to do with this.

    Edited February 16th by Moonray
    Moonray
     

    Are hard-drives not considered ROM? Anyway, you're right I was referring to temporary not permanent memory is what I meant to say.

    Posted February 16th by Ghowilo
    Ghowilo

    ROM = Read Only Memory

    A Hard Drive has read and write capabilities so by the very name it doesn't fit.

    My understanding has always been that ROM is used primarily to store a device's firmware/instructions (such as boot up procedures). Data that doesn't need to be written over very often (if ever).

    Edited February 16th by Moonray
    Moonray
     

    aghaghahg

    I've never been a hardware guy. But I was thinking about the fact that you can put stuff onto it and then it's there, pretty much forever. So maybe non-erasable memory would be better.

    Anyway, I didn't think of the idea that the hard-drive itself could fragment (because like I said, shit generally stays there forever even if you do delete it) Though thinking more into it I do see how it is possible. It's just been a long time since I've had to think about this sort of stuff and I remembered that fragmentation was defined as holes in memory and that temporary (as opposed to permanent) memory can be easily defragmented by a simple restart.

    Posted February 16th by Ghowilo
    Ghowilo
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