Motherboard issue on Acer Aspire T135

Acer Aspire t135 desktop
September 23, 2011 at 05:03:36
Specs: Windows XP, 2gb
I have a Acer Aspire T135 with a Chipset VIA K8VM800 motherboard but after 5 years it seems to be on it's last legs. I've tried a new power supply and other hard drives but to no avail. It's now taking around 10-15 mins to load everything up to the point where i can use it. Any suggestions? Can you advise on what motherboard I could purchase to replace it bearing in mind i don't want to spend more than £100. I'm loathed to get a new PC altogether as the unit is immaculate and would seem a shame to bin it!

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September 23, 2011 at 06:48:42
Obviously if you're changing the wrong components, the system isn't going to work any better. You should be troubleshooting to find the problem, not replacing parts "willy-nilly". It's possible that your system is loaded with malware/spyware, viruses, or just a bunch of crappy software that preloads at startup. It's also possible the CPU is overheating, the thermal protection circuitry is kicking in, & the CPU is throttling back to prevent a "catastrophic failure". Did you check the CPU temperature?

Here's you system specs:

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September 23, 2011 at 06:57:39
Open the case and look at the motherboard to see if you have bulging or leaking capacitors. Look at the link below to know what you are looking for. If you have bad capacitors it is possible to repair the board but not usually cost effective.

Your entire system is obsolete and there likely won't be any new motherboards available that can accept your processor and memory.

I recommend you check into buying a newer board complete with processor, HS/fan and also new memory.

I am in the USA so I can't recommend a vendor in the UK, which is where I assume you live.

A pull from a used computer that is only a couple of years old should out perform what you currently have.

Your problem with that is if the Acer came with WinXP installed you may have problems re-installing Windows because your version of Windows is keyed to the motherboard. Can't say for sure if it will work or not.

Your other option is to find a used board with the same or similar chipset and memory requirements.

Second link below is for the specs of your Aspire.

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September 23, 2011 at 06:58:32
Hi Mr Lister

Are you using Norten Internet Security - if so which version/year?

When your computer is slow in loading, have you tried loading the Task Manager (CNTRL + ALT + DEL) to see the cpu usage, and if very high, what process is causing this.

As a matter of interest, where are you based? I am in Hammersmith, West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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September 23, 2011 at 07:15:57
Thank you for the 3 replies so far.

I have a fair knowledge of computers and I wasn't replacing parts "willy-nilly". The power supply had been making a few odd noises and sounding like the fan inside was slowing down and speeding up which it doesn't normally do so replaced that as a matter of course with a suitable spare one I had.

When it was starting up i did go to the task manager and the CPU usage was 100% but I assumed that this was because it was trying to load what it needs to.

I don't use Norton. Only Avast and never have any issues with it. It's fully up to date, i regularly scan the whole system for viruses and malware and nothing has been found, and Windows XP is on SP3 also.

There is no bulging or leaks on the board either.

When I suggested getting a replacement motherboard I meant as a bundle rather than stripping the CPU etc to bolt them onto another board.

I went into the setup and the temp was around 40c if I remember correctly but don't hold me to that one!

I know it's 5 yrs old and could only get 2nd hand replacement parts if required but I was wondering if I could fit a new motherboard, ie swap old for new. I know you can't fit any old motherboard into the space available so was wondering if anyone could recommend a suitable replacement.

I am UK based, in Merseyside

Once thing I did forget to mention is that the on-board sound does not work so after installing a new PCI card I can now hear system sounds only. However, if Windows XP is loading up or shutting down the Windows tune cuts off after 1 second. This also happens if I try to play an MP3 or MP4 file using Windows Media, Quicktime or VLC. The sound will play for a second then nothing.

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September 23, 2011 at 08:45:49
Did you install the drivers for your pci sound cardand then go to cards website and see if there are any updates for it


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September 23, 2011 at 08:50:04
Yes, It took me ages to find the drivers due to the idiot off Ebay not sending them to me, and also for sending a different sound card to what was advertised. long story...

I've enabled and disabled both the on-bp-oard and new card but I get no joy with resolving this problem.

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September 23, 2011 at 09:01:35
Below is a link to all the drivers for that model. I suggest you remove the sound from withing Device manager and then hit escape when rebooting when the found new hardware message comes up. After the computer has booted fully into WinXP you should install both the chipset drivers and the realtek drivers. Sounds like your motherboard is OK and you just need to clean things up. Perhaps a format and clean install may be in order if you can't find the boot problem.

If there are hardware issues that can cause extended boot times. In addition your AV may be performing a scan before allowing Windows to start. Check the settings.

Are you running SP3?

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September 23, 2011 at 09:17:55
The AV will only scan if I tell it to.
I've tried un-installing and re-installing the drivers but had no joy.
One day it was playing all types of music and videos with sound fine then the next day nothing. Quiet as a mouse. What i have noticed is using the additional soundcard and using one of the media players, if you turn the volume up on the TV/monitor you can just hear the music. The sound is fine on the monitor as it is a LCD TV with the facility to be used as a monitor and we watch the telly on it with no problems.

It is running SP3.

Thank you for all the replies so far

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September 23, 2011 at 14:45:44
Mr Lister - you advise the cpu is showing 100%.

Is this during the long (15 mins) start up?

Then does this reduce considerably such that you can use the pc?

Is so, during the slow startup does Taskmaster show any process that appears to be be hogging the pc?

I suspected ALUPDATE, which can be part of Norton.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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September 23, 2011 at 17:25:29
Thanks to everyone's help on here I have managed to get to the bottom of the problem.
I bought this new 5 years ago and it came with Norton AV installed free for 1 year. After the licence ran out I started using Avast but first and foremost un-installed Norton..................or so I had thought!

5 years later, and much scratching of my head at the slow and then this week the stupidly slow startup times, I ran task manager and there hogging all the CPU was a Norton exe file. Somehow and after reading about it tonight, despite you un-installing Norton there remains obscure files, some DLL files and a rather small 1.1mb exe file that starts up everytime the PC is booted up. There was one file located in a folder called Prefetch and several within a Symantec folder located somwhere in the Program Files folder
So, after putting the PC into Safe-Mode I deleted all the files relating to Norton and re-booted.

With baited breath the PC re-booted and in an instant (slight fib!) the PC had done everything it needed to do.

I can't thank you all enough for helping to resolve this problem for me

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September 24, 2011 at 05:39:11
Hi Mr Lister, glad you are back on the air.

Please check the other suggestions above, as if needed and then applied, almost certainly you will benefit further.

However, I cannot spend thankyou's.

Please send money!!! :-)

Regards - Mike

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