Are you ready for the day it doesn't start? It sounds just like a machine I worked on last week. It was a real stumper machine but I took a wild guess and cloned the hard disk to a new hard disk. While I was there I swapped the IDE cable and dusted out the machine. That machine is much better now.
The cleaning is very much like you read at http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11319_7-6240575-1.html
Greetings evveryone. I have made a couple of posts regarding my system recently and i thank you all for your replies.
Just to update my info, I have a 2003 Dell Dimension 4600 desktop with Pentium4 2.8Gz and 512 Mb RAM. I have McAfee Security Suite installed for protection, which I am growing less and less fond of.
OK, my computer is old, yes. About one year ago, it started doing strange things. For example, it has slowed down, it gets stuck changing windows or loading pages for up to several seconds at a time where I can see parts of both pages or windows at the same time. This has very slowly grown in consistancy. Once ina while it completely freezes up and then I have to kill the power supply and start up again.
It has really slowed down at start up, especially in the last 3 months. There are times when it starts up a little faster than others but never like it did before 3 months ago. In any event, my computer seems to speed up to normal after the intial start up period. But even that "normal" speed is slower than it was several months ago.
Now, today I almost could not get it started at all. I tried 5 times and gave up. I would push the power button on the terminal and then push the power button on the monitor. Today, the screen would not light up at all, it would go into stand by mode after about 5 seconds. The hard drive would make it's "scratching" sounds for about 5 seconds and then nothing. I tried unplugging all connections, power cycling, nothing worked. I also did not get a lit internet signal on my modem while this was happening.
Then, I tried again 30 minutes later and it finally started up but ultra slow. And this time, there was a lit internet signal on my modem. I am not going to turn it off again!
I have ordered more RAM to hopefully speed it up some but I am now doubting this will help. Also, my computer wasn't happy when I pulled out a RAM chip to take with me for shopping comparisons. I opened up the tower, blasted all of the dust out-there was alot and then pulled one of the RAM chips. I placed it back into it's original slot in it's original position and anchored it with both hooks.
BOY! my computer had a hissy fit when I turned it on. It posted a screen that said a change in memory had been detected. How would it know that since I did it with the power unplugged and with the exact same chip reinstalled???? It has been kinda funky since that day. Consistantly slow starts now, then speeding up afterward.
I also took some good advice by using Search to find and remove files that had ".tmp" and ".chk" in them. There was 360 ".tmp" files hidden away that Internet Options could not remove. I was suprized to say the least. I did notice a speed up for a day or two but that's all. I used Search again daily to see how many of those files get reloaded. It's only about 3 or 4 a day.
I've done Disk Defrag, ScanDisc, Disc Clean up, McAfee Quick Clean. No help from any of those, even though files are cleaned up or removed. McAfee VirusScan never finds anything, either!
My friend advised that I try a different scanner so I downloaded SUPERantispyware and it found 260 items of concern which it removed. Again, an ever so slight improvement in speed but I doubt it will last. Hmmm? I am liking McAfee even less now...
And last, I used RegCure to scan for errors and it found 2008 of them which it supposedly fixed or removed???
Up until 2 days ago, I ONLY had McAfee on my system, the SUPER antispyware and RegCure were only added very recently.
Any clues here as to what is going on? More of a failing system issue or could there be a super sneaky virus?
I hear that having more than one security company on a computer at a time can cause problems? SUPERantispyware scanned w/o any problems even though McAfee was enabled.