When the computer is running, it is running sluggishly. (Takes an extra long time to boot up, has broken playback of large video files)
The computer is running Windows XP on a AMD Athlon x64 2.4 Ghz CPU, 1 gigabyte of RAM.
Steps taken so far:
1) Ran a boot time virus scan of the hard drive using Avast. No viruses found. Also ran Ad-Aware personal addition and it found nothing.
2) Cleaned up the temp files, unused software, etc. and then defragged both partitions of the hard drive.
3) Swapped out and checked the memory. I had an extra stick of memory, and I placed it in both memory slots and then ran MEMTEST for several hours to see if it could find any errors in the RAM. It didn't find any errors with the memory in any of the configurations.
I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to proceed next, and need some advice. This is a computer that I brought with me from Japan several months ago, and it ran fine until just the other week, so I don't think it is a voltage issue (100v vs 110v - the power supply says 115v ~ 230v). One thing that I did just before these problems started to happen was I installed the drivers to a Hewlett Packard all-in-one printer (HP 1210) so maybe registry corruption? But I've gone through the registry once and it seems ok. Also, I uninstalled the drivers, but it seems to have the same problem whether I have them or not? Or could it have corrupted the registry in some way I'm not noticing? I'm almost tempted to think that it could be a short in the power switch itself? Does this seem possible or is this sloppy thinking on my part?
I appreciate any advice you can provide. Let me know what to do, and I'll get right on it.
Thanks in advance.