My computer is running slow and restarting

August 10, 2009 at 20:35:53
Specs: Windows XP
I recently just built a new computer,asus pq5-em motherboard, intel 2.6 duo core processor with 4gb of kingston ram..It ran fine for 2 weeks then the computer started acting slow then came up with a blue screen by windows xp saying checking for disk errors..some were unreadable does that mean my hard drive is failing or could it be that my mobo's temp is around 50 deg cels

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August 10, 2009 at 21:01:44
A motherboard temperature of 50C is too high.
Check the power supply fan.

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August 10, 2009 at 21:17:25
What should I be checking for, the fan is on? Also, I just removed the case and put a fan in front of it reducing the temp from 50 to 32 celsius and its still going slow the way everything is new in the case except for the hard drive thought the hard drive failed then I borrowed a buddies worked great for a week then showed the error messages, sound like a hard drive or 32 deg cels still too high??plz help

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August 11, 2009 at 07:08:25
Use this as a rough guide: board temp should be within 10c of avg room temp, CPU temp (at idle) should be within 10C of board temp.

avg room temp = 22C (72F)
max board temp = 32C
max CPU temp = 42C (at idle)

How is your case cooling set up? Front intake fans really aren't necessary & side panel fans should be avoided. All you really need is a good exhaust fan in the rear.

That being said, an overheating CPU will throttle down, causing the system to run noticeably slower. If it reaches a certain trigger temp, it will shutdown completely. But since you're getting a blue screen indicating disk errors, why aren't you concentrating on that?

"I borrowed a buddies worked great for a week then showed the error messages"

Did you reinstall Windows on it or was it already installed? If it was already installed, I'm surprised it worked at all. How about listing your specs in detail? Which power supply do you have? Post the make/model, wattage & amperage specs.

Did you manually configure the BIOS settings or just accept the defaults? Has the RAM been tested with memtest86? Are all the drivers up to date? Have you scanned for viruses/malware/spyware?

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