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What Could Be Wrong With My Computer?

by Morwen64 / October 5, 2015 4:51 PM PDT

Hi there!
So my computer used to run like a beauty, but as of late it's slow, laggy, keeps cutting off from internet, sometimes can barely run internet (slow, laggy), the time & date keep reverting to 2007 every time it's started, usb ports sometimes disconnect & once or twice it's frozen & I've had to restart.. I've tried wiping it clean & reinstalling all software but this doesn't seem to help. Not sure if my system itself is just bust or if this can be sorted. I haven't installed/downloaded anything new that could be causing it, it just started randomly happening. Also, I know it seriously needs an upgrade but I'm keeping it as is as I'm currently building a second computer with better specs & keeping this one for older games.

Not sure which specs you'll need to help me figure this out but I've listed the ones I know off hand below.
Specs:
MB - Gigabyte M61PM-S2
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ 2200MHz
GFX - Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT
HD - Seagate ST380811 0AS SCSI & Maxtor STM380215A
OS - Windows XP/7 (Dual Boot)

Thanks in advance!

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While it looks like an older PC did you
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 5, 2015 4:57 PM PDT

Replace the CMOS battery? That's what keeps time.

That STM380215A is very old. You can get an 120GB SSD for cheap and it would help the overall speed. https://www.google.com/#q=fry%27s+120gb+ssd

I don't see anything wrong with old PCs except folk tend to think they are slow.

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Didn't Think of That
by Morwen64 / October 5, 2015 5:42 PM PDT

Ah, did not know that, thanks! Yeah she's an old one alright lol, I did think of replacing but wasn't sure if its just its prolonged use that's the problem or not. Like i said, was running like a beauty before.

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Before what?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 5, 2015 6:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Didn't Think of That

There are many infections today that sneak by. The 80GB HDD is usually a big bottleneck.

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Before the Problems Started
by Morwen64 / October 5, 2015 6:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Before what?

I've already done a full wipe, wouldn't of thought anything could linger after that. What do you mean it's a bottleneck?

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(NT) 80GB drives of that era are pretty slow.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 5, 2015 7:02 PM PDT
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