PC running slow - Programmes failing to open

  musopoet 13:00 24 Mar 2009
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Booted up PC this morning and was faced with a screen without any of my desk top icons. Had to wait about 10 mins before desk top items appeared.

Also had trouble opening programmes such as Nero and CD Burner XP. I also hear a noise coming from my CD drive when I try to open them if I have a disc in the drive.

Mozilla Firefox also took a long time to open.

Everything seems to be running slow or failing to open - what could be the problem?

  mrwoowoo 16:51 24 Mar 2009

Disable your cd drive in device manager or pull out it's power connector and IDE strap.
Sounds like the CPU is flatout trying to access the drive which is obviously faulty and won't respond which is taking all the CPU's attention.
Give it a try as i'm almost sure that's the problem as it happened to me.
A new drive soon sorted it.

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