even with a 1.6ghz p4, 15 minutes is extremely unusual.
everybody has a new dual-core system for less than $400 (just check the sunday circulars), and they will significantly outperform every aspect of your existing pc (once you remove the crapware). since you already have all your important files on an external drive, just bite the bullet. you could be spending the next few days tinkering with your new pc rather than trying to figure out what's happened to ol' betsy.
Very slow pc, 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 from about 6 years ago. 1 GB DDR2700 RAM. 128 GForce4. Running Dual 19" Widescreen monitors. Windows XP Home with SP2.
Did clean install recently, saved all files on external drive < do viruses tend to hang out in these files?
Reboot, restart, takes FOREVER. 15 mins sometimes from start to finish of reboot, me actually being able to USE computer again.
I tend to run Office 2003, Firefox (Cause IE7 was running horribly), Itunes, Skype, Fireworks MX 2004, Bitcomet, Windows MediaPlayer.
- OK so as i said, general slowness in starting up (I have checked my startup files with msconfig, and gotten rid of most of them, only kept a few)
- It can take a few minutes just to open my browser Firefox, Skype, earlier Paint took i swear 5 minutes.
- Lately when I try to open something, go to a diff window, it freezes and maximizes a white screen across my WHOLE desktop (2 19" monitors) until it has figured out what it wants to do with my request.
- There is a low groan coming from my tower, sounds like something in there is on its last leg... like a motor dying. Could that be due to an old HD? Would a newer HD solve some of these problems?
Is this beast saveable? or should I get a new one? And what about Vista if I do upgrade, will my software be compatible?
I'd llke to keep my old one if its possible, and not shell out the extra coin...