Can a power supply that is not large enough cause my XP equipped computer to hang for 20-30 seconds when opening any kind of file?
The same thing happens when I right click on a file....even a text file.
However, folders open instantly. So do programs like Firefox, Word, Internet Explorer, Adobe Acrobat.
The hang happens when attempting to open an existing file in MS Word, MS Windows Picture & Fax viewer, Wordpad, Acrobat etc.
I am running 2 PNY GeForce video cards powering 3 monitors, and I believe my power supply is 350 watts.
I never heard a PSU causing slow downs before, only lockup and random shut downs. You might want to check your HDD though. Sound likes you could have some bad sectors. Run a chkdsk on the HDD, see what you come up with.
If nothing comes up, might want to look into defragging your HDD if you havent done it recently.
Also, how much RAM you have in your computer? i'm hoping more than 512
I think that you may have two problems, right clicking on a file taking a long time often occurs when you have a large number of programs installed with entries in the context menu and some programs are notorious for causing this
Files taking a long time to load could be caused by your anti-virus program (try removing it) or even having two anti-virus programs running.
Hmmm. When I double-clicked on Event Viewer it took 20-30 seconds to open! Just like the other files.
I have run defrag four times today and rebooted each time, coming quite close to a perfectly ordered hard drive. There were a couple of "Application Errors" earlier today, but, nothing is added to the list for the delays I am experiencing now (no new error events show up upon refreshing)
As to the list of programs, here are the most commonly opened file types:
.doc, .jpg, .txt, .pdf, from Word, Notepad, Windows Picture & Fax viewer utility, Adobe Acrobat. It also happens when I double click a music file (.mp3) or video file (.wmv, .mpeg)
As to locations of files: Some are on C drive, some are on secondary drive, some are across the ethernet cable in another computer. I don't think location matters in this case, only because, all locations experience a 20-30 second hang, and, there used to be no delay regardless of location after a C drive re-format and re-install. After a few months from the re-format, the problem resurfaced.
If I re-formatted and re-installed today, the problem would be gone. But, I can't bear to do it again and every 4 to 6 months hereafter!
Some program such as ISO Buster slows down the right click dramatically the more items that you have in the context menu the slower it becomes. I suggest the use of a program such as ShellExView to remove entries from the context menu to speed things up. You can even disable temporarily all non Microsoft menu items to see the difference. You can download the program and read a tutorial at this link.