system gradually runs slower...and.....slower........a.n....

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Hi,

AMD 1.8, XP Pro, SP1, nVidia 4X AGP, 256 ram, Broadband router, it ran fine
for 6 months or so.

A couple of weeks ago it started bogging down. Did routine things, clearing
cookies, temp files, etc., defragging.

The longer it runs the worse it gets. After reboot works fine, but by a
half hour later it takes 15 seconds for the menu to come up after clicking
on the start icon.

Any ideas short of format reinstall would be much appreciated!

Art
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the tips, but I used them already, except for the one about how
    much memory is in use.

    I ran spybot search and destroy, and adaware many times, I always run AVG
    which was updated this morning, so that' stuffs not an issue,
    but that's turned off now, too.

    I turned off everything in startup via msconfig a few days ago.

    I used my oldest restore point this morning, too, and it seemed to help a
    little, but not much.

    The biggest thing using memory is winword.exe using 32 megs.

    I didn't change anything except for the critical upgrade alerts microsoft
    recommends every once in a while. It was just after one of those that it
    got worse then ever, so that's when I tried a restore point from a few weeks
    ago. No help, the oldest one didn't fix it either.

    Do you think a corrupted video driver could be causing this?

    Art
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "GTS" wrote:
    > When you ALT-CTRL-TAB into task manager, is there a process using up the CPU
    > and or lots of memory? If so what is it?

    <CTRL - SHIFT - ESC> is what does it for me.

    Jon
  3. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Do you have a wireless card in the system, with software to run it?

    "~Aart" <bogus@nowhere.net> wrote in message
    news:rMSdnf-sI9vWQDnd4p2dnA@comcast.com...
    > Hi,
    >
    > AMD 1.8, XP Pro, SP1, nVidia 4X AGP, 256 ram, Broadband router, it ran
    fine
    > for 6 months or so.
    >
    > A couple of weeks ago it started bogging down. Did routine things,
    clearing
    > cookies, temp files, etc., defragging.
    >
    > The longer it runs the worse it gets. After reboot works fine, but by a
    > half hour later it takes 15 seconds for the menu to come up after clicking
    > on the start icon.
    >
    > Any ideas short of format reinstall would be much appreciated!
    >
    > Art
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    >
    > Do you have a wireless card in the system, with software to run it?
    >

    The computer connects to the router with a cat5 cable.
    The laptop uses a wifi card in the pcicia port. D-link AirPlus.
    No problems on the laptop front.

    I'm on the laptop now. Yesterday I disconnected the cat 5 cable from
    the desktop, but that didn't change anything either. Whatever is causing
    this is independent of the router.

    Tonight I'll try an online virus scan just in case AVG is missing something.
  5. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    ~Aart wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > AMD 1.8, XP Pro, SP1, nVidia 4X AGP, 256 ram, Broadband router, it ran fine
    > for 6 months or so.
    >
    > A couple of weeks ago it started bogging down. Did routine things, clearing
    > cookies, temp files, etc., defragging.
    >
    > The longer it runs the worse it gets. After reboot works fine, but by a
    > half hour later it takes 15 seconds for the menu to come up after clicking
    > on the start icon.
    >
    > Any ideas short of format reinstall would be much appreciated!
    >
    > Art
    >
    >

    run memtest86

    --
    spammage trappage: replace fishies_ with yahoo
  6. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    > >> The longer it runs the worse it gets. After reboot works fine, but
    > >> by a half hour later it takes 15 seconds for the menu to come up
    > >> after clicking on the start icon.
    > >>

    Download Adaware from Lavasoft http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ to check and
    remove spyware. Make sure you get the FREE version, install it, update it
    and then scan your system.

    Adam S
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