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Slow start up and gaming problems

By Nathan_1 ยท 6 replies
Feb 6, 2005
  1. Hi,
    I have a few problems with my PC.
    My systems specs are:
    AMD Athlon XP 1800
    Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro2 Motherboard.
    256MB of RAM
    80GB Seagate HDD
    Nvidia Geforce FX5200 Video Card
    320Watt Power Supply
    2 Realtek Network Cards

    The problem i have is Windows XP starts up really slow i get a blank desktop for a few minutes before all my icons appear.
    But when i disconnect my network cable it starts up normally.
    I play Final Fantasy XI on my PC, everytime i try to start it, its really slow i can't even get the game to start up from the playonline viewer because everything runs so slow.
    Usually this was only happening now and then, now everytime i try to start i have this problem.
    Sometimes i would play the game for a while and the screen would start locking up but not frozen everything would just start going very slow, making it unplayable.
    Most of the time i would just restart my pc and everything would be working ok again.
    Everything else seems to be working ok in my pc except it seems a little slow.
    I have tried 2 different motherboards and still the same problem, also tried different network cards.
    I thought maybe there could be a problem with my video card but why would it start up so slow with my network cable plugged in, without it plugged in it starts up normally.
    But still when i plug it back in everything is just really slow when i try to play Final Fantasy XI.
    I also ran the seagate tools diagnostic for my hdd, everything seems to be ok.
    I am wondering if my cpu could be the problem.

    Any help with this would be appreciated, i really don't know what could be wrong.

    Thank you.
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388


    Since the problem goes away when you disconnect your lan, it probably is lan related. Did you check in device manager to see if all your devices are working properly? It could be a network driver or something or your lan port not being identified properly.
  3. Nathan_1

    Nathan_1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yeah, i checked everything in device manager.
    all devices are installed properly, all drivers are up to date.
    Device manager says all my hardware is working correctly.
    Tried 3 different network because i thought this could be the problem, same problem with all of them.
    Not sure what this could be but i am thinking its something else, generally everything now is running alot slower than it should be.
  4. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,345   +13

    The first thing that comes to my mind, since it seems to be network related, is spyware, or a virus or trojan. Look at this thread, and do exactly what it says, and see if it helps any. Might not be the problem, but worth a try. It could be some kind of malware eating up your bandwidth and causing your problems.
  5. Watching over Gotham City...hey it's dark out here

    Mayby get a system diag program like..er..
    System Mechanic
    Then u can
    -Remove Spyware
    -Remove Trojans
    -Fix Registry Problems
    -Remove all crap files
    -Clean all temp folders
    -Defrag & scandisk

    and so and so
    Worth a shot
    Might be some corrupted drivers
    Try and Removing and reinstalling your network card
    Since your problem relates to your LAN connection
  6. Nathan_1

    Nathan_1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I tried removing all spyware and everything else suggested.
    I still have the same problem.
    I have noticed when i go back to windows after having problems with the game my cpu is running at 100% in performance of the windows task manager.
    Also my cpu was running at 59 Degrees.
    Right now my cpu is running at 13% and 47 Degrees.
    Do you think it could be my cpu that is causing these problems?
  7. The Final Episode

    2 scary words


    but seriously, mayby a fresh windows installation is what
    your pc needs
    100% usage...mmm...virus activity?
    that sould also be cleared on fresh windows

    Your Cpu seems to Run a bit warm...mmm..mayby try
    cable ties on your PC inners to make some airflow
    get a system fan if u don't have one
    get a clean paintbrush and brush all inners/fans/parts of
    yer pc
    redoing yer CPU thermal side of things might help aswell

    sounds like the option here.
    If u have winxp u can use "file and settings transfer wizard"
    if u dont wanna lose yer settings.
    and after you clean installed your OS make sure you
    install all the latest Drivers
    Get yourself a popup blocker,firewall,antivirus to prevent these things
    mayby even load winxp service pack 2
    that's all I can think of now
    hope u come right
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