Have you checked your computer for spyware? I have found Spybot (free version) to be a great help. Spyware will drastically slow your machine. And, you may be surprised how many spyware references may be on your machine.
And yes, I've seen the link with all the progs to clean up your machine- great idea to put them in one place. Ran all of them, still no dice.
Here's the problem. Everything is running slow- games, IE, etc.- and when I check task manager I range from 10% to 20+% CPU usage (not sure if that's normal or not) when nothing but the essentials are running.
update: i've defraged all drives, cut my memory back to 512MB (out of 1.5GB) and killed all unnecessary background/startup progs.
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 1 (2600.xpsp2.030422-1633)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: n/a
System Model: n/a
BIOS: Award Medallion BIOS v6.0
Processor: AMD Athlon(TM) XP2100+, MMX, 3DNow, ~1.3GHz
Memory: 1536MB RAM
Page File: 105MB used, 2820MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b (4.09.0000.0902)
DX Setup Parameters: /PackageInstall
DxDiag Version: 5.03.0001.0902 32bit Unicode
Sound Card: USB Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX
Driver Version: 5.12.0001.0060 (English)
GFX: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.4523 (English)
What other info do you guys need? You've helped me a few times before, and it's usually something bone-headed I've done, but I'm also bull-headed and that's the only way I seem to learn.
yes you may have seen this post before, but it's 7 or 8 pages back now. and since there's no search option here, stuff tends to get left behind.
i've come at this from every angle and i think i'm just missing something obvious. i can't see a reason this PC should be acting up. the ram is new and everything else got a clean bill of health from a tech buddy of mine.