Slow Computer Fixed

  Terry Brown 15:23 25 Nov 2009

I have a problem for a few months now with my system,It will run fine for a while, then run slow, then fine again.

First I checked all the software- no problem

Problem still there so I rebuilt my system-No change.

Removed covers and checked for dust in CPU fan, very little, cleaned - No change

Tried the memory (3 sticks),swapping around, running on one at a time -Not the problem.

Disconnected all non- essential hardware and reconnected one at a time-- BINGO

My CD-RW was at fault, Connected, system slowed down, disconnected, machine ran a lot faster.

The CD-RW was giving no indication of problem, reading and burning CD's - No Problem.

If your machine is running slow, consider the hardware as well as the software

Hope this will help someone else.

  woodchip 15:56 25 Nov 2009

Good post

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:55 25 Nov 2009

A "firmware" flash may solve the problem.

Also if you do not have jumpers set correctly two devices on an IDE cable either have to be Master and Slave or BOTH set as cable select.
Have seen this slow down problem one one is set as cable select and the other is Master /Slave.

  Terry Brown 16:16 26 Nov 2009

Thanks Fruit Bat

When I suspected the CD Drive, I disconnected the DVD drive on the same cable-no difference, also changed the IDE cable, in case of a cable fault.

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