Very slow to respond Dell OptiPlex GX280

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Cary Shultz [A.D. MVP]

Good morning all!

I am just wondering if anyone has noticed that their Dell OptiPlex GX280s
are very sluggish. Running WINXP Pro SP2 systems in a WIN2003 AD
environment. Have done all of the usual things ( A/V, Ad-Aware, etc. ) but
the systems are still really slow to do anything. Not talking about booting
up ( well... ). There is no DNS problem or any roaming profile problem.
They are just sluggish. One possibility is that there is just 256MB of RAM
in there. But, we have some custom built computers in there [ hate to use
the term 'whiteboxes' - the cases are gray ;-) ] that are significantly
faster ( and they have only 256MB RAM as well! ).

Oh, this is an educational environment and this particular group of
computers is in the middle school lab ( all those 12 year olds! ). My
colleague has locked things down (but I think that I am going to have to go
in there and do it properly with GPO! ).

We do have another lab for the high schoolers and they ( the computers )
seem to have the same issue ( very sluggish! ).

I remember that the Dell OptiPlex GX260s that I used to manage ( where I
used to work in CA ) running Windows XP were dog sluggish as well. Shoot,
the Compaq DeskPro EN733s were a whole lot more robust!

And, folks, I am not Dell-bashing here. Just noticing a pattern and trying
to figure out if I am missing something.

Thanks,

--
Cary W. Shultz
Roanoke, VA 24014
Microsoft Active Directory MVP

http://www.activedirectory-win2000.com
http://www.grouppolicy-win2000.com
 
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Cary Shultz said:
Good morning all!

I am just wondering if anyone has noticed that their Dell OptiPlex GX280s
are very sluggish. Running WINXP Pro SP2 systems in a WIN2003 AD
environment. Have done all of the usual things ( A/V, Ad-Aware, etc. ) but
the systems are still really slow to do anything. Not talking about booting
up ( well... ). There is no DNS problem or any roaming profile problem.
They are just sluggish. One possibility is that there is just 256MB of RAM
in there. But, we have some custom built computers in there [ hate to use
the term 'whiteboxes' - the cases are gray ;-) ] that are significantly
faster ( and they have only 256MB RAM as well! ).

Oh, this is an educational environment and this particular group of
computers is in the middle school lab ( all those 12 year olds! ). My
colleague has locked things down (but I think that I am going to have to go
in there and do it properly with GPO! ).

We do have another lab for the high schoolers and they ( the computers )
seem to have the same issue ( very sluggish! ).

I remember that the Dell OptiPlex GX260s that I used to manage ( where I
used to work in CA ) running Windows XP were dog sluggish as well. Shoot,
the Compaq DeskPro EN733s were a whole lot more robust!

And, folks, I am not Dell-bashing here. Just noticing a pattern and trying
to figure out if I am missing something.

Thanks,

--
Cary W. Shultz
Roanoke, VA 24014
Microsoft Active Directory MVP

http://www.activedirectory-win2000.com
http://www.grouppolicy-win2000.com

I don't know if this apply's to you or not but it's worth checking out?

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Ron Chamberlin

Hi Cary,
I've a number of 260's thru 280's running in an .edu and we aren't seeing
any problems.

FWIW, we use Deep Freeze from faronics.com on all our lab, classroom,
library and public pc's. Works like a charm.

Ron Chamberlin
MS-MVP
 

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