Computer lagg problem in due to HDD

March 8, 2012 at 07:52:24
Specs: Windows XP, 512
Well, i have a pentium D processor and 512 mb of RAM
my system is like 5 years old and i ran fine until last year, till i get this huge lag spikes..
it started when i was playing counter strike and the pc suddenly restarted
and then it took like 5 mins to boot up...the bar was moving slow with laggs...
and when it booted up it was too slow that i couldn't play games or do any intense operations...
so the first thing i did was system restore... and it worked. But after a day or two same thing happened.. :(
Then i reinstalled window xp again..
worked fine for a couple of weeks then again the same story.!
I thought it might be the hard disk and ran seagate HD scan
and it showed up some errors so i got the HDD replaced by a new one
It worked but again after a month.... it happened again!!!
again reinstalled windows.. worked for a week and same old story!!! :-(
I dont know what could be the problem...
is it hardware or software?
plz help me guys!!!

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March 8, 2012 at 08:51:38
For starters, you need more RAM, especially if you're a gamer. You also need a decent video card for gaming.

Other than that, there are numerous tweaks that can be done to get XP to perform better. You also need to keep your system clean & lean. Which anti-virus program are you using? Most of the commercial offerings (Norton, McAfee, etc) negatively impact performance. You should also manage your startup apps by using MSCONFIG so that there's not a bunch of useless crap loading at startup & running in the background. Another thing you should do is disable the automatic restart feature:

And since you have a Pentium D, you need to keep close watch on the CPU temperature. If the CPU gets too hot, it will automatically underclock to try to lower it's temperature. When's the last time you opened the case & blew the dust out of it?

Here's a list of XP performance tweaks:

Here's an explanation of how to use MSCONFIG:

Here's a free, lightweight anti-virus program from Microsoft:

And use CCleaner-Slim to clean out all the accumulated junk files on your system:

Lastly, make sure you have all the latest device drivers installed.

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March 8, 2012 at 09:01:46
Well thanks for helping but i already tried those things...
i use eset nod32 antivirus
just have 3 icons on my taskbar
i used msconfig already to clean my startup
and i often clean my cpu....
and for cs 1.6 it doesn't have high system requirement... it worked fine until now and i used to get 60-70 fps

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March 8, 2012 at 09:29:03
Maybe you could have stated that so I wouldn't have wasted my time digging up all those links for you?

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March 8, 2012 at 10:27:06
sorry to waste your time
well, i m not a newbie so i know some stuff about the software but i dont know much about the hardware
the thing thats still wondering me is
if it is a hardware problem then how does it temporarily get fixed when i do a system restore!??
could my ram be faulty for this??!
can you plz help me out with this. it doesnt really makes any sense.. :(
oh!! and also i get beeps(1 short) during the lags...

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March 8, 2012 at 11:17:33
Have you tested the PSU under load for any voltage drops ?

Have you even got a quality PSU with 35A+ on a single 12v rail ?

Have you tested the Memory ?

Is the memory correct timings for your set up ?

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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March 8, 2012 at 20:25:19
Look up your Beep code in your manual or here:
It does sound like a memory issue to test as above with Memtest86
Since you really need more memory (XP runs better with 1GB or more, especially if you have IE7 or later) just replace it anyway.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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March 8, 2012 at 22:47:57
Yes i ran memtest for like 3-4 hours and it showed nothing.... :(
And if it was PSU then how can it be temporarily fixed by system restore? ... :S

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April 22, 2012 at 09:21:17
end if post...
no problems solved.... :|

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