Sluggish Windows XP Machine.
Posted on 2004-04-21
I'm not sure if this is an OS issue or hardware issue, but any suggestions would be helpful. I have a computer running for my Wife / Kids, and the CPU is the same as my own machine, perhaps a bit more. The problem machine is a AMD 1.2 Gig with 380 (approx) meg of ram. Video is a NVidea MX440 32 meg. Motherboard is a Elite Group. (Not sure of the model)
Problem is that my Intel Celeron 950 will run circles around the AMD. I have a bit more ram, but only by 128 Meg.
I originally thought it may have been the old 6 Gig drive I had lying around, so I Ghosted the OS to a new 40 Gig 7200 RPM Maxtor drive. (If anything it may have made the situation slightly worse.
It's Running XP SP1a, and all drivers are up to date. It's slow just loading the OS, and where I can notice it the most is at the login screen. My mouse keeps "stalling" for a second, then it will continue on it's merry way.
I have run SpyBot 1.3 and Adaware. I have no viruses. I have tried different setting for my swap file, I've even tried an overlay of XP. I have tried a few other misc things, but not much seems to have changed.
Everything seems OK in the Windows device manager. (no exclamation or question marks)
Doing a "CTRL - ALT - DEL" I don't see any applications or tasks using a crazy amount of CPU.
As a note, once a application / game loads, it seems to run fine, but it's the initial loading of the application / OS that seems to be the real kicker.
Any suggestions would be great.