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Computer runs really slow for the first few hours of being switched on


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DylanTolly

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Hi,

I've had my laptop for quite a while now (a bit over a year), it's always worked fine up until the last month where it's started flipping out. When turned on, it takes about 5-7 minutes to boot up, once booted up it takes about 2 hours for it to start working normally. Otherwise, it goes extremely slowly, the screensaver lags and jitters, programs like internet explorer take a good 30seconds to a minute just to load sometimes longer, clicking on start will take a good thirty seconds to respond.

It does this for a few hours, then comes right. I've looked in task manager and there doesn't seem to be anything hogging CPU power or RAM.

I never download wierd programs or games on the computer, I only use internet explorer, microsoft office and windows media player. When I use the internet I only access a select few sites (google, uni website, facebook and youtube).

I ran an updated AVG scan and it said my computer was clean.

I ran a malwarebytes scan and it found one registry key that it fixed, when rebooted and ran again, it found no problems.

The specs of the computer are as follows:

1.79GHz
512MB RAM
running Windows XP

Here is the Hijackthis log and uninstall log:



Uninstall log:

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Adobe Acrobat 4.0
Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX
Adobe Reader 6.0.1
Alien Shooter
Apple Software Update
Athlon 64 Processor Driver
ATI Control Panel
ATI Display Driver
AVG Free 8.0
Ballistik
Bejeweled 2 Deluxe
BeTrapped!
Bookworm Deluxe
Bricks of Egypt
Chainz
Chuzzle
Conexant AC-Link Audio
Cubis Gold 2
Customer Experience Enhancement
Easy Internet Sign-up
Feeding Frenzy
Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
HijackThis 2.0.2
Hotfix for Windows XP (KB952287)
HP DVD Play 2.0
HP Help and Support
HP Imaging Device Functions 6.0
HP Photosmart Premier Software 6.0
HP Software Update
HP User Guides 0025
HP User Guides--System Recovery
HP Wireless Assistant 2.00 C1
Insaniquarium Deluxe
Inspector-Parker
iTunes
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 6
Jewel Quest
Jigsaw 365
Links® Course Challenge – Chateau Whistler
Luxor
Magic Ball 2
Magic Inlay
Mah Jong Medley
Mah Jong Quest
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Hotfix (KB928366)
Microsoft Money
Microsoft Office 97, Professional Edition
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB927978)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
muvee autoProducer 4.5
Poker Superstars
Quick Launch Buttons 5.20 G1
QuickTime
Ricochet Lost Worlds
Security Update for Step By Step Interactive Training (KB898458)
Security Update for Step By Step Interactive Training (KB923723)
Security Update for Windows Media Player (KB952069)
Security Update for Windows Media Player 10 (KB917734)
Security Update for Windows Media Player 10 (KB936782)
Security Update for Windows Media Player 9 (KB911565)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB938464)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB941569)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB946648)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB950759)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB950760)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB950762)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB950974)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB951066)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB951376)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB951376-v2)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB951698)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB951748)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB952954)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB953838)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB953839)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB954211)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB954459)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB954600)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB955069)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB956390)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB956391)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB956802)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB956803)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB956841)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB957095)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB957097)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB958215)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB958644)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB958687)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB960714)
Shape Solitaire
Slingo
Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP
Sonic Audio Module
Sonic Copy Module
Sonic Data Module
Sonic Express Labeler
Sonic MyDVD Plus
Sonic Update Manager
Spin & Win
Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515/xx12 drivers.
Tradewinds 2
Tumblebugs
Ultimate 101 Games for Windows XP
Update for Windows XP (KB951072-v2)
Update for Windows XP (KB951978)
Update for Windows XP (KB955839)
VC 9.0 Runtime
Windows Media Format Runtime
Windows Media Player 10
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Wonderland - Secret Worlds
WP-S1 PCSync
ZoneAlarm
ZoneAlarm Spy Blocker
Zuma Deluxe

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!! I have not posted on any other tech help sites and am not planning to. I will check this forum as often as possible and be sure to respond asap. I will check it roughly every 2 hours unless I'm sleeping :)

Thanks a lot in advance,
DylanTolly
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Problem solved.

3. Remove the IDE controllers from Safe Mode in Microsoft® Windows® XP.
a) Restart the computer.
b) Press the <F8> key on the keyboard when the system accesses the hard drive after the BIOS has finished loading but before the Windows XP splash screen appears.
The Windows Advanced Options Menu appears.
c) Select Safe Mode from the menu using the arrow keys on the keyboard and then press the <Enter> key.
d) Log onto the computer as administrator.
A Warning dialog box with the message You are entering Safe Mode appears.
e) Click Yes to continue loading Safe Mode.
The desktop appears with titles indicating that you are running in Safe Mode.
f) Click Start, and click Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
g) Double-click the System icon.
The System Properties window appears.
h) Click the Hardware tab.
i) Click the Device Manager button.
j) Click the plus (+) sign next to IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers, to expand the category.
k) Highlight each entry, and then press the <Delete> key until all of the entries are gone.
l) Click OK when prompted to reboot the system.

Is the solution that fixed it for me, found it when googling a problem with my sound stuttering aswell.
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Please lock the thread, as I don't need any further assistance.

Thanks :)
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you need to edit your post and delete the hijackthis log...
BTW ...your java is at least ten or 15 versions back you need to get it up to date...
you should also run a chkdsk because when you removed the controllers it put the drives back in dma mode ...the problem is there were read write errors and the drive reverted from dma mode to pio mode which is way slower...
Running chkdsk on your Windows XP or 2000 system can repair minor Windows problems and minor hard drive problems..

There are several different methods that can be used to run chkdsk

Click the Start button then... Run
In the Run window's Open box... type in ... cmd
Click OK and an MS-DOS-style black screen will appear in a new window
Run chkdsk by typing in chkdsk /r press enter
note the single space before the /
a message will appear that says...chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? <y/n>"
Type y (for "yes") and then press ...ENTER...
A message will appear that will say...This volume will be checked the next time the system restarts
Type exit and then press ...enter...
reboot...

While chkdsk is running, you will see a light blue window with a dark blue band at the top and bottom. Chkdsk will display the specific stage it is checking as well as the percentage of completion of the stage. You cannot do anything else on your computer while chkdsk is running. When chkdsk is finished, it will automatically reboot your computer.
NOTE this can take a long time to complete..it may even appear to hang or get stuck at a certain % for a couple of hours...then complete
it may even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...let it run...there are 5 stages
DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER WHILE RUNNING CHKDSK or you can have severe problems...

now is a good time to backup all your data because if the drive reverts to pio mode again its a sign the drive is about to fail...

Edited by happyrock, 04 February 2009 - 08:30 PM.

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