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XP repair install Q. thumbs.db poor performance.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by RJK, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. RJK

    RJK Flightless Bird

    ...jump to *** to avoid following hardware background monologue !!!

    Recently had a Skt. A XP2600+ based system box with failed IDE ports on its'
    PC Chips M848A motherboard (SiS 746FX chipset).
    Swapped it for a new/unopened SHUTTLE AK38N - VIA KT333CF / VIA VT8235
    chipset, (made in 2004),
    ....repair installed XP Home ed.+SP1 ...installed SP3 from CD and did the 68
    or so updates from MS, ...subsequent to SP3.
    ....and added a PCI 3x SATAII / IDE card, I ext. +2 int. + 1x IDE port(not
    used), and 500gb Seagate hd,
    ....and a PCI 4x USB 2.0 card.
    ....and a new 350w 80+ spec. psu.

    So XP boot drive is 80gb C:/ on motherboard IDE0 port, (where is always
    was),
    Extra storage 500gb SataII Seagate hard disk D:/ is connected to a
    internal PCI card SataII port.
    ....there is a card reader fitted connected to mobo USB pin header, drives
    F:/ G:/ H:/ and I:/
    ....DVD ROM and DVDRW drives, jumpered master and slave on motherboard IDE1
    port, drive letters set to X:/ and Y:/ (before adding in SataII hd)
    ....memory 2x 512mb ddr333(166mhz), slot 1 and 2 respectively and 256mg
    ddr333 in slot 3.

    XP's "C:/Documents and Settings\###\My Documents\My Pictures" (where
    ### is the name of the owner) contained approx. fifty sub-directories
    containing 580 mb's of *.jpgs,
    each sub-directory containing a varying number of *.jpgs e.g. some
    containing 10 or 20, and some other containing 50 or 60 or more.
    ....and the "C:/Documents and Settings\###\My Documents\My Music" folder
    contained approx. 22gb's of music in various formats.

    I "moved" the Documents and Settings folder (i.e.right-clicked deskktop "My
    Documents" to get pop-out menu, then | Properties | Move and moved it onto
    drive D:/ and into a directory I made called "My Documents" (forgot to make
    D:/My Documents the first time and ended up with hundreds of files plonked
    in the root-directory of drive D:/ ... and had to Ghost restore C:/ and
    start again !!!).

    So hardware and XP platform is mostly lovely, ....all set up in correct
    drive order etc.

    **** ..so that's the hardware, here's the inconvenience :-

    Viewing thumbnails in one of the "My Pictures" directories that contains
    just 10 or 20 *.jpg's is quite swift but, viewing thumbnails in one of the
    "My Pictures" directories that contains 50 or 60 *.jpg's (each *.jpg is
    approx. 600mb's to 950mb's in size btw), the first 10 or 20, or maybe a few
    more, are thumbnailed very swiftly, and then everything seems to get held up
    by heavy hard-disk activity, for ages !

    At one point, I deleted the thumbs.db cache files in 5 or 6 of the
    directories in "My Pictures" and switched folder view to "Details," but, I
    suspect that the owner will be wanting to use thumbnail view, and will soon
    be complaining about the time it takes to produce thumbnail view, in folders
    containing large number of *.jpg's.

    Beyond fitting a much newer board with dual-core cpu etc. and more RAM ...
    ....any suggestions as to how to improve thumbs.db performance ?

    any tips muchly appreciated,

    regards, Richard
     
  2. pjp

    pjp Flightless Bird

    For the life of me can't remember where you change it but do believe there's
    a quality slider in some dialogue somewhere, e.g. lower size/detail might
    speed it up some?

    "RJK" <nosuch@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:-OLdj33wKLHA.148@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > ..jump to *** to avoid following hardware background monologue !!!
    >
    > Recently had a Skt. A XP2600+ based system box with failed IDE ports on
    > its' PC Chips M848A motherboard (SiS 746FX chipset).
    > Swapped it for a new/unopened SHUTTLE AK38N - VIA KT333CF / VIA VT8235
    > chipset, (made in 2004),
    > ...repair installed XP Home ed.+SP1 ...installed SP3 from CD and did the
    > 68 or so updates from MS, ...subsequent to SP3.
    > ...and added a PCI 3x SATAII / IDE card, I ext. +2 int. + 1x IDE port(not
    > used), and 500gb Seagate hd,
    > ...and a PCI 4x USB 2.0 card.
    > ...and a new 350w 80+ spec. psu.
    >
    > So XP boot drive is 80gb C:/ on motherboard IDE0 port, (where is always
    > was),
    > Extra storage 500gb SataII Seagate hard disk D:/ is connected to a
    > internal PCI card SataII port.
    > ...there is a card reader fitted connected to mobo USB pin header, drives
    > F:/ G:/ H:/ and I:/
    > ...DVD ROM and DVDRW drives, jumpered master and slave on motherboard IDE1
    > port, drive letters set to X:/ and Y:/ (before adding in SataII hd)
    > ...memory 2x 512mb ddr333(166mhz), slot 1 and 2 respectively and 256mg
    > ddr333 in slot 3.
    >
    > XP's "C:/Documents and Settings\###\My Documents\My Pictures" (where
    > ### is the name of the owner) contained approx. fifty sub-directories
    > containing 580 mb's of *.jpgs,
    > each sub-directory containing a varying number of *.jpgs e.g. some
    > containing 10 or 20, and some other containing 50 or 60 or more.
    > ...and the "C:/Documents and Settings\###\My Documents\My Music" folder
    > contained approx. 22gb's of music in various formats.
    >
    > I "moved" the Documents and Settings folder (i.e.right-clicked deskktop
    > "My Documents" to get pop-out menu, then | Properties | Move and moved
    > it onto drive D:/ and into a directory I made called "My Documents"
    > (forgot to make D:/My Documents the first time and ended up with hundreds
    > of files plonked in the root-directory of drive D:/ ... and had to Ghost
    > restore C:/ and start again !!!).
    >
    > So hardware and XP platform is mostly lovely, ....all set up in correct
    > drive order etc.
    >
    > **** ..so that's the hardware, here's the inconvenience :-
    >
    > Viewing thumbnails in one of the "My Pictures" directories that contains
    > just 10 or 20 *.jpg's is quite swift but, viewing thumbnails in one of the
    > "My Pictures" directories that contains 50 or 60 *.jpg's (each *.jpg is
    > approx. 600mb's to 950mb's in size btw), the first 10 or 20, or maybe a
    > few more, are thumbnailed very swiftly, and then everything seems to get
    > held up by heavy hard-disk activity, for ages !
    >
    > At one point, I deleted the thumbs.db cache files in 5 or 6 of the
    > directories in "My Pictures" and switched folder view to "Details," but,
    > I suspect that the owner will be wanting to use thumbnail view, and will
    > soon be complaining about the time it takes to produce thumbnail view, in
    > folders containing large number of *.jpg's.
    >
    > Beyond fitting a much newer board with dual-core cpu etc. and more RAM ...
    > ...any suggestions as to how to improve thumbs.db performance ?
    >
    > any tips muchly appreciated,
    >
    > regards, Richard
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
  3. RJK

    RJK Flightless Bird

    >
    >> folders containing large number of *.jpg's.
    >>
    >> Beyond fitting a much newer board with dual-core cpu etc. and more RAM
    >> ...
    >> ...any suggestions as to how to improve thumbs.db performance ?
    >>
    >> any tips muchly appreciated,
    >>
    >> regards, Richard
    >>



    "pjp" <pjpoirier_is_located_at_@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:vgE2o.9890$z%6.9737@edtnps83...
    > For the life of me can't remember where you change it but do believe
    > there's a quality slider in some dialogue somewhere, e.g. lower
    > size/detail might speed it up some?


    many thanks, will add that one to the "possible" list, ...solved this one
    several times in the past, ...getting absent minded and old now !
    ...pagefile.sys is plenty big enough, ...or did I set it to fixed max.size
    1.5 x 1280mb RAM = 1920mb ...don't remember seeing that 1920 figure, have a
    feeling that I set set max. 1536mb's b****r !!
    ....will have to send him an email and get him to check it ! <blush>.

    regards, Richard
     
  4. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:-OLdj33wKLHA.148@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl,
    RJK <nosuch@hotmail.com> typed:
    > ..jump to *** to avoid following hardware background
    > monologue !!!
    > Recently had a Skt. A XP2600+ based system box with failed
    > IDE ports on its' PC Chips M848A motherboard (SiS 746FX
    > chipset). Swapped it for a new/unopened SHUTTLE AK38N - VIA KT333CF /
    > VIA VT8235 chipset, (made in 2004),
    > ...repair installed XP Home ed.+SP1 ...installed SP3 from
    > CD and did the 68 or so updates from MS, ...subsequent to
    > SP3. ...and added a PCI 3x SATAII / IDE card, I ext. +2
    > int. + 1x IDE port(not used), and 500gb Seagate hd,
    > ...and a PCI 4x USB 2.0 card.
    > ...and a new 350w 80+ spec. psu.
    >
    > So XP boot drive is 80gb C:/ on motherboard IDE0 port,
    > (where is always was),
    > Extra storage 500gb SataII Seagate hard disk D:/ is
    > connected to a internal PCI card SataII port.
    > ...there is a card reader fitted connected to mobo USB pin
    > header, drives F:/ G:/ H:/ and I:/
    > ...DVD ROM and DVDRW drives, jumpered master and slave on
    > motherboard IDE1 port, drive letters set to X:/ and Y:/
    > (before adding in SataII hd) ...memory 2x 512mb
    > ddr333(166mhz), slot 1 and 2 respectively and 256mg ddr333
    > in slot 3.
    > XP's "C:/Documents and Settings\###\My Documents\My
    > Pictures" (where ### is the name of the owner) contained
    > approx. fifty sub-directories containing 580 mb's of *.jpgs, each
    > sub-directory containing a varying number of *.jpgs e.g. some containing
    > 10 or 20, and some other containing 50
    > or 60 or more. ...and the "C:/Documents and Settings\###\My
    > Documents\My Music" folder contained approx. 22gb's of
    > music in various formats.
    > I "moved" the Documents and Settings folder
    > (i.e.right-clicked deskktop "My Documents" to get pop-out
    > menu, then | Properties | Move and moved it onto drive
    > D:/ and into a directory I made called "My Documents" (forgot to make
    > D:/My Documents the first time and ended up
    > with hundreds of files plonked in the root-directory of
    > drive D:/ ... and had to Ghost restore C:/ and start again
    > !!!).
    > So hardware and XP platform is mostly lovely, ....all set
    > up in correct drive order etc.
    >
    > **** ..so that's the hardware, here's the inconvenience :-
    >
    > Viewing thumbnails in one of the "My Pictures" directories
    > that contains just 10 or 20 *.jpg's is quite swift but,
    > viewing thumbnails in one of the "My Pictures" directories
    > that contains 50 or 60 *.jpg's (each *.jpg is approx.
    > 600mb's to 950mb's in size btw), the first 10 or 20, or
    > maybe a few more, are thumbnailed very swiftly, and then
    > everything seems to get held up by heavy hard-disk
    > activity, for ages !
    > At one point, I deleted the thumbs.db cache files in 5
    > or 6 of the directories in "My Pictures" and switched
    > folder view to "Details," but, I suspect that the owner
    > will be wanting to use thumbnail view, and will soon be
    > complaining about the time it takes to produce thumbnail
    > view, in folders containing large number of *.jpg's.
    > Beyond fitting a much newer board with dual-core cpu etc.
    > and more RAM ... ...any suggestions as to how to improve thumbs.db
    > performance ?
    > any tips muchly appreciated,
    >
    > regards, Richard


    It sounds like the thumbs.db is set to not be kept. Change that to keep the
    file for reuse and things will run faster after the first time loading them
    and creatng the thumbs. file.
     

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