Slow computer despite reformat

September 24, 2010 at 00:06:15
Specs: Windows XP
A while ago I was finding my computer was almost unusably slow and would frequently freeze and need to be restarted. I tried a lot of things to fix it with no more than a slight improvement, so I eventually bit the bullet and did a complete format reinstall. I didn't take any shortcuts like copying over old settings in case this brought junk with it, and instead customised everything manually, from scratch.

This provided a major improvement to speed, but I still find it is very slow, and it still occasionally freezes when it gets bogged down in an apparently memory intensive task. If not even a format reinstall could completely fix my problems, what else can I try to speed things up? Or is it time to start thinking about hardware upgrades?

Note: Currently my system is running Windows XP. The format reinstall was only recent, so everything should be very 'clean'. Only very few essential programs were installed, but this did include the firewall/virus checker, BitDefender. This I know will contribute to a decrease in speed, but is really unavoidable.


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September 24, 2010 at 08:39:19
We have no idea what you're working with so how about posting your system specs? If you only have 256MB RAM, the system is gonna run slow no matter what you do. Post your CPU temp as well. If the CPU is running too hot, it will begin throttling back & slow your system to a crawl. I've never used BitDefender so I'm not sure if it's a resource hog or not. Try Microsoft's Security Essentials.

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September 24, 2010 at 09:14:40
Try Microsoft's Security Essentials.

Yeah, talking about resource hogs...

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September 24, 2010 at 09:20:22
double check your drivers. If you do not have the correct drivers installed (chipset, video, etc.) It can cause this problem

by the way, as much as I bad mouth microsoft, the Microsoft Security Essentials isn't bad.

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September 25, 2010 at 03:35:20
Lint and dust in the fans and heat sink will cause this behaviour

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