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Windows XP hangs; keyboard lag

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Hey there, I'm new to the forum and this is my first post so let's see how this goes.

I'm running a Dell Inspiron 1501 with Windows XP SP2 and an AMD Turion 64 processor that I have had since Nov. 06.

The computer ran really well for the past year until about a month ago. It started to run really slow and multiple programs (iTunes, Firefox, even Works) would hang for seemingly no apparent reason; I would check Task Manager and it would say that I was only using about 5-10% CPU. I have about 70 gigs on my hard disk and I was only using about 20 so I knew space wasn't a problem. I did a virus check and had nothing come up. Ran a spyware scan and it turned out that I had a hijacker by the name of CnsMin, some chinese spyware. I promptly got rid of it and thought that would solve the problem but it didn't. A few days after that my computer would always say that it was running off of AC power even when I would disconnect from the AC adapter. Then my computer would not recognize that I had an iPod or any other USB device until I had it plugged in for about 10 min, at which point it would recognize it. Then my computer would not recognize that I had an audio CD or any other type of CD again until it was in there for a good 10 min, and when I would try to import an audio CD to iTunes it would take about 10 min to put up one 4 min song. Before this it could easily do a 13 track song in about the same time.

In my quest to cure the problem I scanned and scanned my computer for days looking for viruses and spyware with about four different programs. Nothing came up except the usual cookies. The problem started to get worse and worse so I eventually decided to just restore the system to the original factory settings and wipe the hard disk with Dell's recovery tool that you access by using Ctrl+F11 during boot up. Needless to say, the problem still persists and I am at wits end!

Somebody help me!!!!
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