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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-26-2006, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cleaning up RAM?

So I just did a complete re-install of Windows XP as well as a total hard drive erase. Basically starting off clean; factory fresh.

The reason I did it was because my computer started acting all laggy and buggy and I did all spyware scans as well as virus scans and nothing turned up. After re-installing, same issue still happens. This amazes me because my computer has been running flawlessly up until last month. It starts to choke with just two programs opened!

My system specs are

2.4 GHz AMD Athlon 64+
2 GB of Corsair RAM
256MB PCI-E ATI X700Pro
Liquid cooled system

Don't know what could be wrong. Could anybody suggest anything that would help my system run smoothly again?

I haven't overclocked anything so I don't think it's mostly the hardware's fault. I run AVG, Ad-Aware, and Spybot S&D. Only have Word, Excel, Powerpoint, TurboTax, as well as a few computer games (BF2 and CS:S).
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-26-2006, 10:32 AM
 
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Re: Cleaning up RAM?

Is everything set corectly in your bios? Maybe somehting happned to you pc and your bios got reset or something.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-26-2006, 10:57 AM
 
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Re: Cleaning up RAM?

what do you have running in the background is the question.. Whats in your toolbar on the lower right side, cont-alt-del see what programs are running..

XP is a resource hog but thats just silly for that machine to be boggin down.

here is some awesome tweaks.
http://cobra.rdsor.ro/files/html/xp.html
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Re: Cleaning up RAM?

How often do you change your water?
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But he formated and did a clean install so it shouldn't be a resource thing.
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Re: Cleaning up RAM?

I would disassemble the computer, take everything apart, clean everything, fans, MB, get all the dust off everything, take the processor off, clean all the contacts apply fresh heat transfer paste, take out all the cards, clean all the contact points. Change your water and add a algae resist. Make sure your water pump is operating properly too. Its a lot of work but a dirty and overheating computer can run like crap.
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Re: Cleaning up RAM?

if you have an IDE/SATA conflict often you'll notice CPU to spike to 100% upon disc use and the drive will run about 10% of it's performance. does this happen?

are you sure your DRIVE is not going bad and/or HDD controller. i just lost one on my laptop and had a month of flaky-ness (couldn't get management console to open for defrag) prior to a total meltdown.

run defrag several times and report back... glen


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So I just did a complete re-install of Windows XP as well as a total hard drive erase. Basically starting off clean; factory fresh.

The reason I did it was because my computer started acting all laggy and buggy and I did all spyware scans as well as virus scans and nothing turned up. After re-installing, same issue still happens. This amazes me because my computer has been running flawlessly up until last month. It starts to choke with just two programs opened!

My system specs are

2.4 GHz AMD Athlon 64+
2 GB of Corsair RAM
256MB PCI-E ATI X700Pro
Liquid cooled system

Don't know what could be wrong. Could anybody suggest anything that would help my system run smoothly again?

I haven't overclocked anything so I don't think it's mostly the hardware's fault. I run AVG, Ad-Aware, and Spybot S&D. Only have Word, Excel, Powerpoint, TurboTax, as well as a few computer games (BF2 and CS:S).
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-26-2006, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Cleaning up RAM?

I think one of the reasons was because I didn't know AVG was running a daily system scan, so I disabled that as well as the tweaks suggested. Got some improvement. However, I just noticed that whenever I click something, my computer always makes a "crackling whirring noise", most likely from the SATA HD I'm using. So any suggestions how to minimize this noise or diagnose the problem?
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