extremely slow pc

  mikethebus 07:30 29 Mar 2006

Help Wanted (please).
My main pc has suddenly slowed to a crawl- it takes 5-10 minutes to react to a keystroke.
CPU usage is only 3% (idle is 97%); there is 25% disc space remaining (10GB) and no apparent reason for the slow down, except that the hard disc activity light is always on.
I have XP Pro SP1 on a Pentium III 933MHz with 256Mb memory & 2 HDD (40GB & 120GB).
Can anyone help with this? I can't boot to safe mode - it hangs, and it takes up to an hour to start up and log in.

Thanks in advance. :?

  DrScott 07:46 29 Mar 2006

A spyware scan, adware scan, virus scan etc.? Often the cause of such issues.

Might be worth getting SP2 for your PC too...

  rawprawn 08:25 29 Mar 2006

Get CCleaner and run it click here also Ewido click here Untick Auto Updates and Real time protection and it is free you just need to update manually.
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  rawprawn 08:27 29 Mar 2006

Sorry for the two links to Ewido, also I agree with DrScott get upgraded to SP2

  mikethebus 11:05 29 Mar 2006

I have SP2 ready to install but because of the slow response to keys strokes I can't install it during an XP session.
I have Adaware SE, AVG, and Sygate firewall installed, but I now can't check anything as the pc is to busy with disc access. cpu is sitting idle meanwhile.
Anyway around this without a rebuild?
Do you think there is a memory problem or an impending disc crash (if it hasn't happened already).

  rawprawn 11:25 29 Mar 2006

Can you get to cmd prompt and type CHKDSK /f

  mikethebus 11:30 29 Mar 2006

Don't know - will try this tonight.

  rawprawn 11:31 29 Mar 2006

If not try booting with XP CD and repair, but your HD sounds shot at.

  mikethebus 12:50 30 Mar 2006

Noticed in the events log:
"The driver has detected that the device \Device\Scsi\ultra1 has an old or out of date firmware. Reduced performance may result."
Could this be the cause?

  rmcqua 12:52 30 Mar 2006

No, I don't think so, not if the problem started suddenly.

  mikethebus 12:55 30 Mar 2006

All the files/data are still accessible on the disc - it just takes ages to act on disc access. Is there anyway of finding out exactly what is going on and why?

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