My computer is super slow!

February 15, 2011 at 12:57:29
Specs: Windows XP
I have reformatted the drive with an XP disk and it is still super slow and takes forever to get to the desktop. Once it gets there, it takes forever to do anything. It will not even complete a Windows 7 installation. I stop it after 24 hours. =o(

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#1
February 15, 2011 at 15:53:56
'I have reformatted the drive with an XP disk'

why - windows 7 has perfectly good partitioning & formatting tools!

what's the spec of the machine? (windows 7 needs 2GB Ram and a decent processor to run well. XP needs 512MB or more RAM and a decent processor - but will perform better on less powerful hardware than 7)

was it running something else (like xp?) before 7. Was it slow then.

Usually if there is a problem installing windows you have a hardware issue - some history/specs would help us help you.


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#2
February 15, 2011 at 16:47:33
Test memory with Memtest86.
Test hard drive with hard drive manufacturer's utility.
Check BIOS settings or 'restore optimal settings' in BIOS.

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


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#3
February 15, 2011 at 16:55:27
I had been running Windows 7 Pro x64 fine for months. Recently windows had to restart for updates. When it rebooted, it started asking me to register an audio interface that had not worked in a long time. I went and deleted the audio drivers for said interface (emu 1820m though I doubt that is the problem) and restarted. It never went back to windows 7. Instead, it went into start up repair, where it remained for the better part of 36 hours.
I got impatient and opted to reformat using my windows 7 disk. Simple enough, right? Wrong! After 48 continuous hours of installing it was still not done! Frustrated, I decided to reformat again using my old XP x32 disk from my last computer. This time it only took roughly 24 hours and now I have XP on my computer. Problem is that it takes literally 5 - 10 minutes to perform any function at all and at least 15 - 30 minutes to even get to the desktop. I had 16 gigs of ram and I pulled two sticks out to see if that helped but nothing. I have an ASUS p5ql pro mobo if that helps. I have replaced the hard drive recently and I hope that another one did not go bad. Any guidance at all would be appreciated. I have also recently replaced my power supply as well. Oh, I thought the problem originally was just a slow cd drive. Mine is a PATA drive and not a SATA drive. But could that make things install THAT slowly? I never had problems like this before and I have been using this drive...I am thoroughly confused. Thanks in advance.

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