my computer runs slow need help fixing it

February 10, 2011 at 00:24:01
Specs: Windows XP, 3.20/784
i have a hp pavilion a767 and i did a ram upgrade to 1 gb i my computer just ran alot faster but then i had a friend needing a 256mb ram card so now im at 784mb ram and my computer speed it horrible slow u r thinking i got used to the fastness and it just runs slow but that not it my computer runs SLOW takes forever to boot up and to get firefox open i have a built in recovery that came with my hp computer i did a full recovery that formated my hard disk drive and but it does a fast format so is it possible that my have files writen over files on my hard drive i still have the same speed now i put a faster hard drive in my computer and put windows xp on it without hp programs and it has the same speed is my computer shot i need help i do not have money to buy a new 1 and my computer has a bad over heating problem it gets up to 165'F and i think that my problem but i need some advice. Plus i got my ram card back and put it in my computer and its back to 1gb and ram but that did nothing it still runs horribly slow so can someone help me i need this computer running good again

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#1
February 10, 2011 at 05:24:28
I don't know why you would remove the RAM from your working PC & let someone borrow it? Especially when 256MB sticks are only $5.

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...

If your CPU is running at 165F (74C), that's why your system is running slowly. The P4's thermal protection circuitry is kicking in & automatically underclocking to try to lower the temp. All the stuff you did reinstalling the OS & changing the HDD, etc was unnecessary.

Did you check the heatsink/fan? It's either clogged with dust, or it got knocked loose when you were messing around inside the case, or it was never installed correctly in the 1st place (too much paste, not enough paste, no paste at all). I suggest you remove it, thoroughly clean it & the top of the CPU, then apply a fresh dab of paste. And here's a tip for you - remove the side panel from the tower & run the system for a few minutes to get the CPU hot, that will soften the thermal paste. Shutdown, unplug the power cord, unclip the heatsink, then carefully twist it back & forth to break the bond between heatsink & CPU, then just lift it off. If you just yank it out cold, it's possible the CPU will rip right out of the socket. After you've cleaned everything, apply paste following these instructions:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/app...

If you don't have paste, get the cheap stuff from Radio Shack:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...


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#2
February 10, 2011 at 13:46:14
ok thanks that does seem right but i am always careful in side to case and the side of my computer is always off but i will clean the cpu fan because it does have dust on it and when i got this computer there is a little square thing on my motherboard that is hanging off and it right next to the cpu could that also have something to do with the overheating

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#3
February 10, 2011 at 15:23:26
"the side of my computer is always off"

Why? Forgive me for saying this, but that's stupid. The case fans are useless unless the case is closed.

"there is a little square thing on my motherboard that is hanging off"

Could it be one of the hold downs for the heatsink bracket? Like in this pic:

http://www.frostytech.com/articleim...

If it is, there's your problem.


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#4
February 10, 2011 at 16:27:37
ok i will now keep that case closed and that is not the piece that is hanging off

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#5
February 10, 2011 at 19:37:53
heres a link http://leonstafford.com/wp/wp-conte... the little gray thing its hanging off it only been held by1 latch out of 2

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#6
February 18, 2011 at 14:11:10
I don't see a "little grey thing". Can you explain better?

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#7
February 18, 2011 at 14:23:21
THat is the support bracket. If it is not latched then there is your problem because the Heat sink and Fan are not making a good connection with the CPU Chip causing it to overheat. Get a new bracket for it to solve the problem.

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#8
February 18, 2011 at 16:31:04
http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif... were it says north bridge thats the piece that is hanging off

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#9
March 2, 2011 at 20:03:30
it would be nice to have someone say something

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#10
March 3, 2011 at 07:28:58
That is your Bus. There should be nothing hanging off of it because it is glued on heat sink. What else do you want to know?

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#11
March 7, 2011 at 12:26:39
but its not its the blue pice right next to the heatsink

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