Reinstalled XP sluggish performance

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September 15, 2011 at 03:50:48
Specs: Windows XP HomeXP3, Pentium 4 and 1.5gb
I recently did a clean installation to(hopefully) get rid of a sluggishness of my computer. It did not really work. Another irritation I have had for some time is that when I switch on my computer and start working, the power source noise goes from a low noise to a screeching noise as work progresses. Any suggestions what moght be the cause. Could it be the fan over the chip?

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#1
September 15, 2011 at 04:57:32
One step at a time, will start with the noise.
Dust is a big enemy of comp's.

Could be overheating.
Take a cover off & clean out the dust, put an external fan on & see if it behaves with the extra cooling. Make sure all the fans ( including the power supply ) are spinning fast, with the power off, give them a spin with a matchstick to make sure they are not stuck.

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#2
September 15, 2011 at 05:35:52
When a P4 gets too hot, it's thermal protection feature kicks in & the CPU throttles back in an attempt to lower the temp. If that's what's going on, your CPU is running at a fraction of it's default clock speed & that's why your system is sluggish. That also means that the reinstall of XP was unnecessary. But since you've already done it, make sure you have all the latest drivers installed, especially for your motherboard chipset & graphics. Also make sure to install SP3, IE8 & all the rest of the Windows Updates. And use an anti-virus program that's not a resource hog. In other words, do NOT install McAfee or Norton.

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#3
September 15, 2011 at 12:28:43
Thanks Johnw and Riider. I have recently had it vacuum cleaned using my compressor! I have Ad-Aware Total Security installed, AVG 9, SP3, IE8, etc. Both Ad-Aware and AVG are automatically updated and seem to work well. At one stage I thought I should go back to IE7. The error messages I receive refer me to Microsoft where you are subjected to a list of possible problem areas and solutions. I wonder if there isn't a conflict between Ad-Aware and AVG but nothing suggests that there is. I will again re-install my motherboard's drivers and will report back. Thanks for all your advice.

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#4
September 15, 2011 at 13:15:32
Run memtest to start. Be sure it reports the correct amount of ram.

Might need to look at bios for correct settings.

Might need to run hard drive diags to check disk.

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#5
September 15, 2011 at 15:13:25
"I recently did a clean installation"
How clean, did you delete all the partitions?

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#6
September 15, 2011 at 17:38:55
"At one stage I thought I should go back to IE7. "
what exactly do you mean by sluggish, web pages load slow? slow boot?

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#7
September 16, 2011 at 13:26:35
Will do that Jefhro and let you know. Johnw I had no partitions on this HD so I assumed I deleted everything before I re-installed Win XP. Larry215. By sluggish I mean for example selecting START it takes quite a while for the menu to appear. Clicking webpages takes for ever. Even opening the Task manager (control-alt-delete) takes some time to appear. I have a hunch that my problem has to do with either IE8 not performing well or the competition between Ad-Aware Total Security and AVG 9. The reason I use both is that I paid for them and may as well use them but maybe they use too much resources. Since I have 3 HDD's installed, couldn't there be a problem with the connections? My OS (Drive C and one other HDD are connected to Sata 1 and 2 respectively and another to a primary IDE connector. My stiffy disk(drive A) and DVD are connected to the IDE connector. I hope I'm not confusing you more with all this detail.

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#8
September 16, 2011 at 13:43:50
Two things to report. The moment I opened the side cover, the high pitch fan noise quitened down to a low pitch. There was probably not enough ventilation but that didn't improve the sluggishness. Secondly I want to DISABLE the two anti-virus programs one by one but don't have the option. Only option available is UNINSTALL. Any suggestions how to temporarily disable them?

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#9
September 16, 2011 at 14:23:05
Dawie, you cannot have more than one AV & not expect them to clash, Ad-Aware already slows the comp down, get rid of by using Revo uninstaller.

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#10
September 16, 2011 at 14:41:31
"Johnw I had no partitions on this HD"

Dawie, every HD has a least 1 partition, by using option 3 you remove all hidden code & start afresh.

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#11
September 19, 2011 at 13:37:40
Thanks to you all for the help. Just a question. Which AV should I get rid of. Ad-Aware or AVG 9?

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