|I'm fairly familiar with computers, but this problem has me stumped. I have a 2 year old pc tower with a 2.7GHz Celeron, 500MB memory, and removable drives. I use Windows ME with no screensavers, have AVG antivirus, and run SPybot and Ad-Aware. I use a dial-up modem, but surf infrequently, using mostly word processing and art programs.|
When I start the computer, everything works normally. After about 2 hours of operation, even if the computer sits idle for 2 hours after startup (showing desktop), it starts to slow down, and continues to slow until it becomes useless. Left idle for 5 hours, it's a total crash. The cursor gets "sticky" freezing for 2 - 15 seconds or so while the computer "thinks" then executes a move. The cursor looks like a slideshow, snapping from place to place as I move the mouse, making it hard to select menu items.
It's not the mouse, as I've changed mice, both USB and direct with no improvement.
I don't think the problem is mechanical, as it is cured immediately with a hot reboot (reset). The problem comes back in a couple hours, though. CPU temperature is 96 degrees.
I don't think it is the removable drives as the problem persists with a clone drive substituted.
I don't think it's spyware or a virus, as I have scanned for both. The problem occurs when I am not on the internet, so I doubt someone is hijacking computer cycles.
I've used Process Explorer to see if background software was using up computer cycles, but my computer is 95% idle when the problem occurs.
Has anyone seen this problem? Any ideas?