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Sudden Slowdown...Hardware Issue?

by Sixty_Four / October 29, 2004 1:36 AM PDT

I've got an HP Pavilion ZT 1170 laptop (1.1 GHz, 512 MB RAM) that suddenly went dog slow on my mother after she installed an XP home update about three months ago. Since then I've taken it and tried to reformat the hard drive with XP Pro, but that doesn't seem to have fixed the issue. I've also tried a BIOS update, but that doesn't seem to do anything either. What other things should I look at? Could it be a hardware issue? I know this is a bit of a simplistic posting, but I'm lost on this one at this point.


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Two thoughts.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2004 1:46 AM PDT
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Re: Two thoughts.
by Sixty_Four / November 4, 2004 11:16 PM PST
In reply to: Two thoughts.

Thanks. Will try this and report back. Don't use *any* spyware software right now because I've just re-formatted and reloaded Win XP Pro, and it's still dog slow. Was using Spyware S&D, and will reinstall that eventually.

Will check the DMA settings first. Don't know what else this could be but a hardware issue. And yet, I'm not convinced, because it works fine in BIOS and in DOS situations...

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Now one thought.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2004 11:39 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Two thoughts.

Drivers. XP will not supply proper drivers for the motherboard or much else and should be slow since... the OS isn't installed proper. HP in this case should have the drivers for the rest of the machine.


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