A while ago I was given a dead emachines desktop pc. The mobo was dead so I bought a cheap replacement which happened to be Biostar P4M900-M4 board.
The PC has a Celeron 2.7ghz cpu, 1GB ram and I am using a 40GB IDE hard disk with a brand new install of XP.
My problem is this thing is so slow. I mean it is almost unusable. To give you an idea, I have an old ThinkPad laptop with a 400mhz celeron cpu and 196mb ram (i think) and it runs XP better than the desktop.
I have also tried various Linux distros including lightweight versions but it still crawls along. Unless I can fix this it will be going in the bin. I have reset the bios to default values.
I am really stumped by this. Launching IE takes about 25 seconds! I haven't bothered installing firefox or chrome yet as it would still be unusable.
I really hope someone out there can point me in the right direction. By the way, I have tried a P4 2.8ghz CPU and it is just as bad.
the think pad is 10 years newer isn't it ? why wouldn't it be faster ? i just worked on a machine with newer hardware than yours and it was slow by today's means. i used to own the hardware you described. real good stuff for target practice. junk it.
Probably because your running service pack 3 and using a celeron cough cough(Worse than a slow P4.) Service pack three requires more headroom to thrive. If you think its slow junk it and buy a newer computer, why you would even waste money buying a crappy mobo beats the heck out of me. The only reason i would even invest money into something like that is for a windows 98se dedicated dos game build, but i wouldnt dare spend more than 10$ on it.
(1) there are many free benchmarks you can download that let you compare your processor, video, memory, disk speeds to a reference version of your hardware. If you are going roughly the same speed they measured then that's all you've got. If you are at 1/2 speed then post what components are running slowly. As an example if you dropped out of DMA mode into one of the older PIO modes for your hard drive performance of both the disk and CPU will be terrible.
(2) get on XP SP3. Get maintenance current. Reload the chipset drivers for your MB after your are maintenance current. Reset the bios to default after that.
(3) vista and win7 have a nifty performance monitor. XP has task manager. Use it. Go into the performance tab. Click view. Click select columns. Include page fault delta, io bytes read rate, io byte write rate. save. leave task manager open to performance tab. When "Launching IE takes about 25 seconds!" see what total CPU usage is. See page fault delta. See disk IO. Look at disk drive activity light. POST what is going on. If disk is idle for 20 secs that's a problem. If CPU is 10% and disk is flat out then and there is no page fault delta then disk is a problem. If page fault delta goes crazy then see how much memory you have and who is using it.
Well you do know that the internet and videos and such have been upgraded in the last 10 years? A computer able to browse the web and watch videos from that era will not perform the same now because of how much the internet has changed graphically and backbone wise.
Your problem doesnt sound like applications or software , and even your hardware should work much faster than it is .
The load times are due to data transfer speeds from the hard drive. If you are sure you dont havr a damaged IDE cable can you confirm you are using an 80 wire rather than 40 wire IDE cable .
The 40 wire cable will force the controller speed to drop to a third of the data speed.
Try a brand new un-used cable . They are prone to damage