Im currently having difficulties with my computer running slow, my cpu usage in the task manager regularly stays anywhere between 20-60% with no tasks showing usage and idle process is always 90-99%. im operating windows xp sp3 and my computer should be more than capable but it lags with everything. I am unable to even listen to mp3 files because of the sound distortion from the lag. does anybody know what could cause this?
additional info: core temp never rises above 36C, and i have intermittent problems with sudden shutdowns followed by system boot failure. this is almost always resolved by a hard reset, and doesnt happen again for days.
also very slow boot time, up to 7 minutes sometimes from power on until booted to windows, not counting programs starting
I'm going to venture your hard drive may be going bad - most manufacturers have their own diagnostics tools but if you can't find one for yours specifically, you can try to use SeaTools for DOS (or you may be able to use the windows version) available here http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-...
The HDD failure would explain all the issues you mentioned, and it's easier to test.
I assume your computer is old (taking into account the specs), so to be honest anything can be the problem, but HDDs and RAMs are the easiest to test.
Your RAMs may be going bad, same for HDD, and same for both the CPU and the Motherboard.
For the HDDs, there is diagnostic software usually provided by the HDD maker. For RAM, there is memtest86. If neither of those is the problem, it's either the CPU or the Motherboard, and both of those will mean a new computer (as those CPUs are no longer produced AFAIK).
used seatools, drive tested with 1 error, repaired error and passed test after repair, high cpu usage fixed, sound is still glitchy and it still takes forever to boot. also programs still load slower than normal. check ram next you think? im going to try a different hd tomorrow as well if i get to it
i am aware of a psu issue already, that became apparent today. i beleive it is 250w but im not sure, i will have to look, i know it came with an antec case long ago. ive noticed my random shutdowns and some of my other issues get worse when i have my extra leds and fans plugged in. will try memtest soon tomorrow also. thank you
i am running memtest right now, posting from another cpu. just curious, but it says cpus found: 2, cpus started: 2, cpus active: 1. is it normal for only one to be active? im unfamiliar with the program and just trying o keep an eye out for anything unusual. also how many passes would you all recommend?
update. hard drive passed seatools long test with 1 error that it repaired. 13 passes overnight on memtest with no errors, any other thoughts? is there a chance its still my hd? is there a way to test if my psu is the issue? or a good tool to test my gpu?
GPU would have no impact on sound unless you're using HDMI and the sound is coming from the graphics card.
I believe the only way to test the PSU is to get a new one and see if it gets fixed, unfortunately. Testing your possibly broken PSU on a working computer would also effectively test it, but it is NOT recommended as it might go wrong (ending with a previously working component being fried).
well, i guess what i will do is swap to a different d and do a clean install, and see if the problem goes away or not. as i am using a 6 year old 500gb hd right now, is there a chance that its my hd and seatools just didnt find it?
at the moment the cpu usage is no longer a problem, that went away after using seatools, but it still takes very long to boot, programs load slowly, and sound glitches still.
installed windows on a different hd, still isnt the fatest rig in the world but i can play audio files while doing other stuff, and everything seems better, also used drivers directly from biostar and updated bios. big improvements today. thanks all