For example, read:
It's sleuthing at its finest and a great example that something hardware or firmware can be at the root of the problem. The lesson I learned was to watch for these issues and catch them early.
For example if the machine did that when new, we start complaining to the vendor that day and not years later.
I'm back and still having the same problem. I have installed the new RAM and it is working fine, the computer sees it and is using it, and there is very little difference in how the computer is running. I am at a loss.
The computer is constantly hanging for up to a full minute, then all of a sudden it "wakes up" and does everything at once really quickly. It is random, can be when I'm opening a menu in Word, scrolling in a web page, clicking Start, on the internet and off, there is no rhyme or reason to it.
There is NO reason that clicking a menu should take 15 seconds to come up. The system is really good! The RAM is at max! It's been checked for viruses, I've disabled the anti-virus software to see if that was slowing everything down, I am desperate for help here. Open to suggestions, please help! I don't want to just give up and buy yet another computer, to have this happen again down the road. I need to figure out why its happening.
My original discussion is here:
Dell Precision T3400
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz
4.00 GB ECC-800 RAM (Using 3.5)
XP Pro V2002 SP3 32 bit
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290 256MB Integrated RAMDAC
Intel ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID
PCI Slot 10 PCI Bus 1 Dev 0 Fct 0
Drive has 54.5GB Used 94.3BG Free