Another sluggish pointer occurrence, another chance for a better answer!
I have previously reported about Vista coming up from sleep with an extremely sluggish pointer/cursor and page faulting WDM Windows Desktop Manager. Back then the solution was to reboot.
Is that really the best way around this? No!
Today, I put the laptop to hibernate, woke it up. Sluggish pointer! The symptoms were exactly the same as before: 3-5 times slower pointer, slow windows, and page faulting Windows Desktop Manager. What else can I do but reboot? This would take at least 5 minutes if I am lucky.
SOLUTION: ATTEMPT 1 FAILS!
One way to bring down WDM: Went to Control Panel (which now works flawlessly after fixing it yesterday, see Control Panel Not Working post), System and Maintenance, Performance Tools and Information, Adjust Visual Effects, $Visual Effects TAB, and went all the way down to uncheck Use Visual Effects on Windows and Buttons under Custom. Click Apply and wait, well 3 minutes.
The result? Nada. The mouse pointer, the windows were even more sluggish than before even though WDM wasn't even running.
SOLUTION: ATTEMPT 2 SUCCESSFUL!
Another way was to bring the whole system down to sleep, using the suspend button. Gues what, that worked like a charm, took maybe 20 seconds to suspend and maybe 5 seconds to get back and with no pointer or Windows slowness! So no reboot needed, just put your computer to suspend and back!
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
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