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Problems with old PC, too slow

by _Wycka_ / February 9, 2013 11:25 PM PST


I have been using my PC for ages ( about 10 years or something), it was getting slower and slower, i didnt really care about that until i got fed up with that and decided to reinstall the windows hoping that will help. I did a clean reinstalation of windows xp SP3, but it didnt really help me, maybe at first 2 or 3 days it was a bit faster then earlier but later it bacame kinda the same, i understand that desktop computer with 1GB isnt something that could launch the newest programs but my computer cant even do the simpliest task without freezing and lots of lagging, not responding for half a minute or something like that. I tried lots of programs to find out whats wrong with it but i couldnt track out the cause, finally idecided to ask you guys if you could help me repair my computer. By the way i am not buying the new Pc because its not only that i want to use computer normaly, but i would also want to know what should i do to prevent from such problems happen to me later on.

Some information about my computer:
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_qfe.120821-1630)
BIOS: BIOS Date: 06/16/05 12:03:40 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Page File: 605MB used, 1856MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

By the way i am not sure if i reinstalled all my drivers correctly, and i couldnt find what kind of drivers are nessecary.

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Clarification Request
Did you try the usual million mile maintenance?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2013 11:33 PM PST

That is, open it up to dust, clean and replace the old dried out heat sink compound?

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Need more information
by _Wycka_ / February 9, 2013 11:38 PM PST

As i am not a computer pro could you please give me a link of vidoe which shows how to do that, or at least a more detailed explanation Happy
Tahnks for such a quick reply, didnt really expected that anyone will help me at least a day or two Happy

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On google or youtube use these words.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2013 1:26 AM PST
In reply to: Need more information

How to replace heat sink compound?

How to clean my PC?

-> If you are not into doing your own work, and the usual videos and sites don't help, consider a PC buddy or a shop counter.

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It's old
by Willy / February 10, 2013 12:41 AM PST

Google, cleaning out your PC or any similar wording. Open case and blow out or dust off the "dust bunnies" everywhere. Next, as Robert offered see if re-applying heatsink compound will help. You need to get some of course and remove the cpu heatsink, clean off the old and repaste with new. Again, google for examples of replacing heatsink compound. I do suggest you apply a dab, you needn't glob it down, videoes should show that. You google, use my phasing here as a guide. I provide this link:

Understand you have a 10yr. PC, wear&tear will take it toll, so don't expect a leap in performance. You *may* have a beat-up device or component that just holding you back, all you can do swap parts to see if it will give a clue. Also, defrag your HD even after a reload of the OS. If you get online, since the reload that maybe updating itself and cause some slowing down or non0immediate response as it doing a lot in the backgrd..

tada -----Willy Happy

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Simple tasks at least..
by _Wycka_ / February 10, 2013 1:38 AM PST
In reply to: It's old

As i said in my first message i dont expect my compurer to launch newest programs or games that require good PCs, but i want it to run without lags while doing simple tasks, i tried lots of programs (diafrag too) and i think repairing its inside is what i need. Thanks for reply, hope it helps Grin

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It's 10 years old.
by glb613 / February 10, 2013 4:13 AM PST

Don't spend a lot of money trying to get running better.

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Figure 2 to 4 bucks for compound.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2013 4:36 AM PST

Good stuff to replace after that many years. Think of it as the million mile maintenance item.

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Didnt really help... ;(
by _Wycka_ / February 10, 2013 9:12 PM PST

I have cleaned my heat sink compound and replaced the thermal paste but that didnt really helped, in a way i didnt really see any differences, any comment?

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