PC lagging, tried everything.

  Bazz2000 03:01 11 Mar 2010

Hi guys
Heres the problem. My pc is lagging badly, as if its sticking and then catching up. Not just the internet but startup and shutdown as well as when i click on anything it seems to take an age to open. Sometimes after about 10 minutes after startup if I leave it alone, its ok, but only sometimes.
Heres what ive done so far.
Reformatted and reinstalled windows,
fitted new hard drive,
fitted new motherboard,
tested my graphics card on another computer and it worked fine,
bought new RAM (Ballistix)
Im totally at a loss as to whats wrong with it. On the plus side, it dosent crash ever, just lags and takes ages.
As you cam see from the above list, the only thing I havnt changed is the cpu and the power supply. Can either of these cause the problem?
Oh and lastly, when its lagging the cpu usually shows about 5% or less and about 350mb of ram, so my cpu isnt maxed out!
Im baffled I hope someone can help, any ideas welcome.
Thx guys heres a quick system spec:
core 2 duo 2300mhz
1 2 gig strip ballistix tracer RAM
1000gb seagate hard drive
gigabyte motherboard
nvidia 7900gs graphics card
win xp pro
thx guys

  birdface 08:38 11 Mar 2010

Maybe drivers need updating.

Or try Winaso Optimizer that should speed it up a bit.
If you use it you want the trial version that lasts forever.But it will only repair 10 items at a time but you can run it as often as you like.

click here

Have you run Malwarebytes or any of your security programs to make sure your computer is Virus free.
What Anti-Virus and Firewall are you using

  awest3 08:55 11 Mar 2010

seem to remember a similar problem a couple of years ago with Spybot...if you use it that is.

  birdface 09:51 11 Mar 2010

I would recommend Winaso because I use it but this one is on giveaway of the day for 24 hours and does the same and free.

click here

  ronalddonald 09:59 11 Mar 2010

ccleaner from click here

download and run.

  ronalddonald 09:59 11 Mar 2010

ccleaner from click here

download and run.

  Bazz2000 11:57 11 Mar 2010

Thx for the responces guys.
My drivers are all fully up to date.
Im using Mcafee AV and the windows FW is turned on, but I have a good firewall on my router which does the job. Ive done a thorough systems scan and no viruses, I did run spybot search and destroy before I formatted, but it came up with nothing of any consequence.
Il try the winaso first then il try ccleaner.
Thx again for your time :)

  birdface 12:32 11 Mar 2010

Have you tried Task manager to see if anything using up the CPU that shouldn't.
If nothing running System idle process should be showing about 95% that is normal.
Have you downloaded all of the Microsoft updates.
maybe try a defrag.
I am afraid Spybot is past its sell by date and there are better programs out there nowadays.
Make sure your security programs are not running scans at start up.
Try msconfig to see if any programs running at start up that should not be.

  birdface 12:45 11 Mar 2010

Just in case you are running Fat32.

click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:03 11 Mar 2010

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 :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

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/\ 18:04 11 Mar 2010

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

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

ii) If you are using Windows XP or Vista, 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.

b) Drivers
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.

c) Memory
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.

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