Extreme system slowdown

By cHaotix8 · 6 replies
Sep 3, 2008
  1. For the past few months I've been having quite a few memory related issues. My specs then where a 3.0ghz Dual core pentium D processor, 1GB RAM, Geforce 7800GTX 512MB video card and a 600 Watt Power supply. Things where good then. After that my dad went and bought 2 gigs of memory, which he couldn't use. I took it off of him and for the remaining 6 months that I left it in my computer I would get the occasional blue screen. (I removed the old RAM). Most often I would get it while watching flash animation like Youtube but at other times it would just happen out of the blue. I ran hardware diagnostics on all my components and everything came up clear. So now, about 3 weeks ago, I replaced the 2Gigs of memory with two 2gig sticks of corsair gaming memory. Of course, after that all the blue screening stopped but now if I have firefox up, a flash program, or simple minimizing, the computer slows down dramastically. If there is audio playing, (like my zune player) it gets really sluggish. I know the memory isn't bad but I can't quite tell what's causing this system slowdown.

    Also, I'm using 32bit Windows XP, knowing full well that 32 bit only picks up 3 gigs but I'm keeping the extra for when I update. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Make sure that 3Gig Max installed only
    Run CCleaner
    Then a CheckDisk

    Manual steps to run Chkdsk from My Computer or Windows Explorer
    • Open My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
    • Click Properties, and then click Tools.
    • Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed
    Use one of the following procedures:
    • • To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, click Start.
    • • To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors check box, and then click Start. (tick)
    • • To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.

    Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:
    Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.

    Wait until Chkdsk finishes Checking / Repairing any faults
    Windows will then either restart your computer or continue loading Normally.
  3. tkr3alm3r

    tkr3alm3r TS Rookie Posts: 29

    press crtl-alt-del
    task manager opens up
    how many are running....?
  4. cHaotix8

    cHaotix8 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    There are only 55 process running. I'm almost certain that it isn't a software related issue. I've run the cleaner and the checkdisk and it hasn't fixed anything. Really not sure what to do from here than to go back to my old memory or just cope with the lag. :/
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    I have 17 Processes running

    You might want to try Startup Control Panel and remove any non-essential startups
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

  7. tkr3alm3r

    tkr3alm3r TS Rookie Posts: 29

    press crtl-alt-del
    task manager opens up
    close the explorer.exe
    then ciick file
    new task run
    and type explorer.exe
    if ur cpu is running at 100% load and this fixes the prob temporarily then it seems that you may have corrupt avi file on the computer which the file index service is trying to parser and resolve as in the avi file is missing some ifno an the pc keeps loading it into memory to fill in the blanks
    if thats the case you can do some registry mods to stop this
    let me know how you go
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