computer lagging after 40 mins

By theSoldier
Aug 23, 2006
  1. My computer begins to shows signs on lagging after only about 40 mins of computer use. It lags about every 2-3 seconds and isn't too bad at this point. But after that it just keeps getting worse with the lag occuring at larger durations to the point that I have to restart the computer. This wasn't a major issue before since I used the computer only for Word and the Internet...but I recently just got back into multiplayer gaming and it definately annoys the crap out of me.

    I'm running on :
    Windows XP professional
    Asus motherboard/case
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (939 socket)
    1 gig of DDR 400 (PC 3200) ram
    Integrated Radeon X300 based graphics (64mb)

    Any suggestions would be helpful. Or if I should provide more information about my system then I will do so.

  2. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Did you try different RAM? It could be a RAM problem. What power supply do you have? It could, maybe, be a power supply issue.
    hoping to help
  3. theSoldier

    theSoldier TS Rookie Topic Starter

  4. theSoldier

    theSoldier TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Anyone have any input?
  5. theSoldier

    theSoldier TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,423   +77

    try each in turn

    Obvious thing is - take out stick 2 of ram and run a few minutes (or hours) to see if the problem is still there. Then (if not) replace stick 2 with stick 1 and repeat. There's a remote possibility the two sticks conflict (not being the same make) and the timing between the sticks starts to drift over time.

    Also 300w might be a little light on the power side. You could try monitoring the CPU temp - your mobo will support this - check the manufacturers site for how to do it.

    To me, this all could be CPU to heat-sink bond 'sweating'
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