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XP slow after comp shut down for few days

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by insolent, Apr 26, 2004.

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  1. insolent

    insolent Thread Starter

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    I leave my PC on 24/7. Hardly ever turn it off except to swap out a component. I turned it off for some unknown reason before the weekend, came back to it Sunday and found it unbelievably slow. Opening any program, Mozilla, IE, Word, Excel, takes 10-15 sec (used to be under 3). Even opening an additional browser window takes time. Opening menus and scrolling is also slow. I run iTunes. Every song I play from the HD has 2-4 second hiccups during playback every min or so. Video playback is an even bigger disaster. Full boot time has been increased considerably also. What used to take under a minute, now takes 4-5.

    Everything was running finer up to the minute I shut the PC down. I even remember being happy that my PC wasn't showing signs of aging yet. Nothing has been installed, plugged in, unplugged. No changes. Just turn off for three days, come back, turn on, and I might as well have a Pentium II.

    I've run a complete virus scan using Housecall and have run updated Spybot SD to ensure I've got no nasties lurking. Any thoughts? I'll probably do a memtest next. Could my compy be in shock from being turned off? This is really weird.

    Here's my specs:
    P4 2.4c (not overclocked)
    GeForce4 Ti4400
    512MB GEIL DDR400 Dual-Ch
    120 West Dig WD1200JS SATA HD
    Audigy
    Couple of CD and DVD burners.
    400 Watt PSU


    Thx in adv.
     
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    Make sure all case and cpu fans are operating and check system temps. Also do a checkdisk or scandisk.
     
  3. insolent

    insolent Thread Starter

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    Ran the Windows Error-checking with bad sectors option checked. No probs there. System temp is normal and all fans turning (although I assume if the system were over heated, it wouldn't even be functioning). Any other suggestions? The hiccups are effecting everything, including mousing over menus and during typing.

    AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
     
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