|I have an emachines desktop that was working very well for a while, but gradually started lagging more and more. I notice a loud noise coincident with this lag - the CPU fan really revving up, making a loud noise during this lag time where everything is frozen for a few seconds and then starts working again and the fan slows down - this happens constantly, especially when doing something somewhat resource intensive - I see a spike in CPU usage as well. |
A bit of history - I bought this computer with Vista, which was not compatible with any of my hardware, so I installed XP Pro and everything was great for a while. When the lag issue started, I put up with it for a while b/c I was too busy to deal with it, but then Windows became corrupted and the computer would no longer boot (probably malware - this is a business computer and an employee did something they weren't supposed to). I did a clean install of XP Pro - I hoped the problem would be better, but it is actually worse now. I did test the HDD with the program that Western Digital provides - no problems detected with the HDD.
Any ideas or help with this would be much appreciated!
Edit: the specs should read 2GB Ram, not 4 GB