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I have an Inspiron 8500 laptop and for about the last week it has been getting slower and slower. When I first turn it on it seems normal; it's not a particularly fast machine as it is. I use it mainly for work apps and internet. But after several minutes on, it suddenly starts to lag severely. I'm talking 10-15 seconds to do something as simple as switching from one app to another, like from Windows Explorer to internet explorer. I ran that CPU-Z program a while ago. With those two apps open it would hover around 20-25% CPU usage but then moving the mouse would make it spike to 100% and stay there. The thing that concerned me was that the CPU bus speed would change. It jumps from 99.2 to 100.2 mhz and so the CPU core speed goes down to 1190 and then up to 1202. This isn't normal, is it? I believe thing thing has the Intel speed step; the CPU is a 2.4 ghz P4 but usualy idles around 1.2 ghz. What could be causing these slow and unstable speeds?
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Hello brettt777.... Welcome to GeeksToGo, :) :) :)

Let's take a look and see what jumps out at us.

Download Speedfan (The download link is to the right), and install it. Once it's installed, run the program and post here the information it shows. The information I want you to post is the stuff that is circled in the example picture I have attached.
To make sure we are getting all the correct information it would help us if you were to attach a screenshot like the one below of your Speedfan results.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop

Attach it to your next reply

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Download and install EVEREST Free Home Edition
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.

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