Computer Runs Slower Than Ever

November 18, 2009 at 02:54:02
Specs: Windows XP
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read this and potentially respond to this as well. Recently, I have noticed that my computer has become slower and slower than normal. The simple process of starting up a web-browser can shoot my CPU Usage up to 100%. Before, for instance, watching video clips was not a problem (On Youtube, for example). Now, the videos lag out, even when buffered. They will freeze for a long time, and eventually will cease up the browser. Not to mention this has totally ruined my gaming on this computer as well.

It is important to note that this computer has SpeedFan loaded on it, and it is showing me that the CPU is sitting at 206 degrees F. That is incredibly hot. I can't seem to fix this problem. I have reapplied the adhesive for the heatsink, and have verified the fans are all clear of dust and debris and are functioning properly. Hell, even the sides of the computer are opened up to allow more ventilation. What other things can be causing my computer to progressively crawl in performance, or is potentially the heating issue? What can I do to correct this?

Thanks so much!

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November 18, 2009 at 04:21:55
The temperature reading is obviously anomalous.
Check the temperature in BIOS.
Lag can be caused by either hardware or software problems.
You have not given any system specifications in your heading so any answer at this stage would be pure guesswork.
Some possible reasons would include:

Poor housekeeping. When was the last time you performed any disk cleanup & defrag?
Infection by virus/spyware/malware
Too many background progs running

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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November 19, 2009 at 02:29:11
To answer some questions:

I have cleaned up and removed cache folder files, temporary files, and have also done a recent defragmentation of my hard drive. And by recent I mean three days ago. Also to note, I have run an Anti Virus program in addition to Malwarebyte's. Both of the two programs returned with 0 results. Here is a brief description of my computer specs. In regards to background programs, I have just the 'bare' essentials running at start up. I have gone into my registry to ensure there is nothing starting up upon Windows starting. If there is additional information you need, please ask! :)

Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: INTEL_
System Model: D865PERL
BIOS: BIOS Date: 04/02/04 13:33:00 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.93GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 387MB used, 3046MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode


Card name: Radeon X1650 Series
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter AGP (0x71C7)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_71C7&SUBSYS_0850174B&REV_9E
Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (75Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6912 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 2/3/2009 23:55:00, 324096 bytes

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November 19, 2009 at 17:51:08
An overheating CPU will slow to a crawl. If it gets too hot, the system will shut down. Luckily, it's almost impossible to overheat a modern CPU to death.

As was suggested, check the CPU temp reading in the BIOS. Speedfan is unreliable. Also, temps are normally reported in Celsius. 208F = 98C.

Hopefully you didn't use adhesive on your CPU. You should have used paste, aka 'grease'. And the amount used should have been no larger than a grain of rice. You should NOT have layed it on like frosting on a cake. You never stated which CPU you have but you can use the following link to find your CPU, then read how it's supposed to be done:

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