Nov 22, 2007
Hello Tech-ers & Teachers,
Firstly, let me say Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays.
Now, down to biz. I notice a few days ago my PC is suddenly very sluggish. When I multi-task it really slows down to a crawl.
So I run the copious gamut of updated malware scans in Safe-Mode (with System Restore 'off') inluding AVG A/V; AVG Anti-Spyware; Super Anti-Spyware Home Ed.; Spybot S&D; SpywareBlaster; Lavasoft Ad-Aware; and HijackThis. All came up goose-eggs (a.k.a. nothing). I don't see any questionable entries in the Task Manager's running processes, or anything alien in my startup run menu, so I think we can rule out malware.
Now to the diagnostics. I have the cafeteria. With my Norton SystemWorks I did all of these: One-Button Check-up, Disk-Doctor (runs a scan disk on reboot), and WinDoctor. All show no errors. I have and regularly use JKDefragmenter, so the disks are optimized most of the time. I used the AFT (or ATF?) temp files purger, and also blotted out all past system restore points - then created a new restore point with no taint from before. Checked the Device Manager to see if there was any yellow question-marks or red X's, but everything seems in order there. Same with the 'Services' list - nothing pops out at me.
I'd like to say here that I ran the MemTest86 v.3.2 on my two 512MB RAM sticks, and after 5 hours and 9 passes it came up with 0 (zero) errors. So the RAM sticks are good, I guess.
I have your HD Tune installed and ran it to find this little quirk: On one page it reports the physical temperature is in the normal range, but a taskbar icon keeps insisting that the HD temp is 131 degrees and 'critical'...obviously not right because I tested it first thing this morning, after being shut down all night and the room was cold. HD Tune says everything else all around is okay.
So does VundoFix. So does ComboFix. So Does Sandra, Lite, (At least what I understand from the logs Sandra's tests generate.) And so does Everest, as best I can understand from the logs. Nothing pops out at me.
In short, nothing yet is found as the culprit behind my sluggish, multi-task-worn E-machine W3502, which has been used extensively and for numerous things, often 24/7, for the last year and a half.
So I wonder, (and this is my question), have I worn out the motherboard with so many different apps, and loads of multi-tasking ???
Or could it be with the XP operating system....perhaps one of the files has corrupted or something. I did run ComboFix last week in response to advice from Geeks-To-Go when the symptom was an explorer.exe failure to open files without getting terminated with an error message. ComboFix did straighten that one out, last week. Anyway, I'd love some advice about what to do next, or where exactly I should be looking in those diagnostic logs ? Or if there is a good diagnostic app somewhere that will pinpoint if the mother-board is deteriorating or what....