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computer started to load slowly

by Barakof / August 21, 2007 1:14 AM PDT

some time ago i had a lightning strike, it killed my ethernet connection, my router and my graphic card (nvidia 5200 fx, RIP). i've replaced the card, the router and the ethernet conenctor and also decided to upgrade a little, so i have doubled the memmory to a total of 1 GB and bought a new hard drive to be a secondary (both 80 GB each) to put a linux system on it. now, the computer did in fact boot and worked much faster with the added memmory, even after i've installed linux.
now, the problems started after i've had a problem transferring files from the linux file system to the FAT32 partition on the new hard drive (nothing changed with the old one). i think i forgot that one thing fat32 didn't have was long filename support so it totally screwed it up. it was so bad i had to format that partition (as NTFS) and then convert it to FAT32 through linux. ever since then the windows XP i'm running boots up slowly and programs load up slower than ever (not as slow as the booting, though). there is no malware on the computer (i have zone alarm suite with it's antivirus and antispyware, spybot, ad-aware and did an additional scan with clamwinAV).
any suggestions as to what might have caused the problem? if there's any additional information you'd like, just ask.

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slow comp
by Amos16 / August 22, 2007 12:44 AM PDT

I would check all the connectors. Lightning sometimes blackens them which makes them still work but not quite as before. Also maybe your boot disk and/or computer is too full with all you did? Hope this helps - Amos

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another thought
by Amos16 / August 22, 2007 12:47 AM PDT
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check the cables as well. If nothing else shows up it may be one of them: cable to modem or cable from modem to wall. A fall off of 2db can slow you down quite some. If you do not have the equipment for that ask your ISP or an IT professional - Amos.

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by Barakof / August 25, 2007 1:54 AM PDT
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what is slow is not the internet connection speed or the memmory speed, the only slow thing is the Windows XP operating system and it all started when and as i have stated before. my linux system works just fine and fast but Windows has to think a little before every move, sometimes think a little more even. i have more than 6 GB free on the main hard drive and when it started i had even more free space than that, and Windows Defrag said it doesn't need to defrag that hard drive.
if the cables inside the computer would have been problematic then i would have noticed it long before. as i said, it worked just fine before i had to re-format that partition on the second hard drive.

in any case, thanks for the reply Amos. love the name, my brother has the same name.

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Same thing
by adkiller2k7 / August 25, 2007 7:18 AM PDT

I'm having same trouble but i havent been struck by lightnng it feels like i got a virus everything starts up slowly other than the internet and i only use fat32 not ntfs never did convert i use diffrent anti-virus than u but same problem i think microsoft released a faulty update i was going to post this before on my own topic but i guess u have same problem i need help aswell

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