Please Help..PC running slow no reason found

Ok this is a long post I know but please bare with me and read the whole thing and truly try to help

So this past week.. I decided to format my pc for the first time in atleast 2
years..overall for the specs of my pc ir was running pretty good..recently i ran into a problem though with a windows service that wouldn't run right so I figure what the hell let me format

So I formatted and everything seemed fine at first but then I noticed the pc was kind of sluggish slow response times pretty much in every area whether it be in windows explorer browsing folders or simple right clicking anywhere or even navigating in firefox/page loading times,not actually internet speed

So I tried to figure it out couldn't seem to so I formatted again thinking it
was a fluke well it happened again

Like I said other then minor issues of why ii formatted I was running fine for
atleast 2 years on the same setup of windows and programs

Never got virus and no spyware

So before all of this I bought a new hard drive to replace my other one cause it was older and I wanted to play it safe so yesterday I put that it and started from scratch yet again only to run into the same issues

Last night I used the dell bootup diagnostic utility to run hardware tests and
there were no errors

Now here's the thing in that two years I kno I tweaked a lot of windows settings with programs so who knows what I possibly did to optimize it the way it was

But as far as I can tell there's no physical problem with my pc hardware wise
and def no virus or spyware..I've tried some tweak tool and only like 1 or 2
things run a little better now but like I said response time is still horrible

I don't know what to do that I havnt done I'm no dummy when it comes to fixing most problems

I need this pc working like it was its very important and I can't afford to go
buy another pc that's why I have this one so long to begin with..I'm hoping very soon to get one but until then I need this working like it was please please help me will answer any question and provide more info if needed just please help


Model: 2x Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
FSB Speed:
Signature: GenuineIntel
Vendor: Intel Corporation
L1 Cache: 16 KB
L2 Cache: 2048 KB
L3 Cache: 0 KB

Model: 0WG261
Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
Serial number: ..CN6986161B23D8.
On-board devices: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Intel PRO/100 VE Network Connections
High Definition Audio Controller

Memory (RAM)
Installed modules:3
RAM type: Unknown
Access speed: 533 ns
Total: 3.070 MB
Used: 509 MB (17 %)
Free: 2.560 MB (83 %)

Swap File
Total: 4.956 MB
Used: 352 MB (8 %)
Free: 4.604 MB (92 %)

Video System
Monitor: Dell E196FP
Video Card: RADEON X600 256MB HyperMemory
Screen Resolution: 1152x864 32 bit

Physical Storage Device
Hard Disk: WDC WD5000AACS-00G8B0
Hard Disk: WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0

Logical Storage Device
Local Disk (C: 953859 MB (880521 MB Free) NTFS
Local Disk (D: 476937 MB (198039 MB Free) NTFS

Communication Device(s)
Network Card: Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection

Operating System(s)
Windows Family: Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack: Service Pack 2
Version Number: 5.1 (Build 2600)
Product ID: 76477-OEM-0011903-00102


Application Layer Gateway Service
Apple Mobile Device
Windows Audio
Bonjour Service
Cryptographic Services
DCOM Server Process Launcher
DHCP Client
DNS Client
Error Reporting Service
Event Log
COM+ Event System
Ext2 Volume Manger
Help and Support
iPod Service
MotoConnect Service
Network Connections
Network Location Awareness (NLA)
NOD32 Kernel Service
Plug and Play
IPSEC Services
Remote Access Connection Manager
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Security Accounts Manager
Task Scheduler
System Event Notification
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Shell Hardware Detection
Print Spooler
System Restore Service
SSDP Discovery Service
Terminal Services
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Windows Time
Windows Management Instrumentation
Security Center
Automatic Updates
*** Services **

Total Services: 98
Running Services: 45
Startup Services: 37

*** File System

File Compression Enabled Yes
Volume is Compressed No
Long File Names Enabled Yes
Unicode File Names Enabled Yes
Encrypted File System Support Yes

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  1. Keep an eye on the task manager. Is the CPU or RAM usage running high?

    Did you get all the drivers installed?

    If your BIOS will let you, verify that your RAM timings are correct.
  2. nope cpu and ram seem to run normal...all driver were installed before anything else..sorry but not sure what ram timings is what spec of the ram is that?
  3. If you look at RAM specs, they'll have timings. See here (9-9-9-24-2N).

    You can research the model of your RAM, and find out the timings it should be set at. Then you can run CPUZ, and see if the RAM is running at those timings. If not, they can be adjusted in the BIOS (if your BIOS has the options).
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