My computer started to run slow so I reformated the hard drive and re-installed the software.
It still runs slow, there is no virus, no malware, even with most services disabled and XP in basic mode there is no improvement.
When I run windows explorer thumbnails take ages to appear, if I use MS picture 7 fax viewer each picture takes ages to appear yet Memory is OK 1279mg ram, with 819mb free; swap 3051mg with 2770mb free with picture fax running.
The internet is OK the speed problem is with applications. even with ony one application running at a time its slow. If I have photoshop and picture and fax viewer open, it takes ages for each tif file to open the file sizes are high, 63mgb. The graphics card is radeon, my pc a Sony Vaio.
I could not get memtest to work it would not boot up
Try Checking to see if it's set to Dma like the Raven suggested.Right click my computer.Properties. Hardware.Device Manager. Ide controllers. Primary IDE Chanel. Properties.Advanced settings.Select Dma if available on both devices,Ok, And then do the same with Secondary Ide channel.That should do it.While in device Manager make sure there is no yellow exclamation marks beside any of your programs.