Im Having A Nightmare!

  lukedon 15:41 03 Mar 2006

Hi, im Luke, just joined your site to hopefully fix my comp and learn a thing or two.

Im having major problems with my comp at the mo. It all started by my wireless card becoming really slow and packet dropping, i replaced this thinking it was the wireless card.

Now my comp has become really slow on start up, lagging when windows screen appears. When i click a program to open it takes ages where as before it didnt. Azurues now downloads real slow.

i use divxtodvd to convert mpeg's to iso files, but now when i burn them there is a lag between the picture and sound. This never happend before.

I replaced the Hard drive thinking it was scratched and causing the lag, but apperantly not.

I've reformated to try and fix it, with no luck. I've run registry mechanic, spyware doctor, ad-aware se, disckeeper pro all trying to cure it but no luck.

I took my comp apart and cleaned all the contacts etc but again no luck. Im now starting to think it might be the processer!

Anyone know what could be causing my problem, please its driving me crazy!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:45 03 Mar 2006

Specs would help. What motherboard, CPU, memory etc.

Not sure then run Belarc click here
SIW click here
SiSandra click here
any one of these will give details.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:46 03 Mar 2006

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
MSoftAntispy Beta click here
Ewido click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:47 03 Mar 2006

2. Hardware

a) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

b) Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

Free PC inventory takers :-
Belarc click here
SIW click here
SiSandra click here
will let you knowwhat is installed in your PC.

c) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

d) Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  lukedon 15:58 03 Mar 2006

Sorry what a mupet i am! these are the spec's

Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

mother board is ASRock K7VM2. 3.0X 2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP

1024 Megabytes Installed Memory

Hope thats all thats needed!

  phono 16:07 03 Mar 2006

When you say that you have reformatted I assume that you formatted the drive containing your OS, that being the case it is most likely a hardware or overheating problem that you are experiencing, unless of course you have loaded on software that is very processor intensive.

When you reformatted what sort of performance were you getting from your computer when you just had the OS installed? If it was still slow it definitely points to a hardware/overheating problem.

Are all the fans running correctly? Is the heatsink correctly seated and is its fan running properly?

Check those things then get back to us.

  lukedon 16:56 03 Mar 2006

The load up got slower after installing all the programs back onto the HD, but was still slow.

The problems all began after moving my comp from home, back to uni! doh!

Sorry to be stupid but how do i tell if the fans are running correctly, and how do i tell if the heatsink is selled correctly?


[email protected] done all the above things i.e pc slow pt1 & 2 and theres no difference. Any other ideas? is there something i can download to tell me if the processer is working fine?


  ade.h 18:42 03 Mar 2006

CPU heatsink - give it a gentle wiggle. If it moves, it might not be mounted properly. Heavy objects can become unseated during transit.

Fans - open the case, start it up and look at them, but don't touch anything obviously.

Check for excess dust as well; that's a killer for airflow as it clings to fans and grills.

  woodchip 19:03 03 Mar 2006

First, Throwing Money at Problems with computers does not guarantee success in solving them. You should alway's first use what you have already got. Like Disc Checker, SFC /SCANNOW from Run with Windows CD in comp. There are also free good check repair programs.

Slow downs can be Virus's that's the problem

  lukedon 19:54 03 Mar 2006

"Slow downs can be Virus's that's the problem"

put new hard drive in though, so will not be beacsue of a virus.

  woodchip 20:07 03 Mar 2006

You can have a Virus in the BIOS also not just Hard drive

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