My computer has been steadily getting slower and slower over the last couple of years and in the last 6 months has been pretty difficult to put up with. Money issues mean a replacement isn't an option for me right now...
Basically its a Compaq Presario 6520UK and is about 6 years old. Now I know its bloody old by most people's standards but hear me out! I know the problem isnít me installing new, more demanding software as Iíve not installed anything major since MS Office 2007 2 years ago and use it purely for work, internet and iPod use.
I've constantly been adding / changing bits over the years, so the only standard bits now are the motherboard, processor and PSU.
I've never done a full re-install of XP either and I know this will be a major solution. I'm in the process of doing a re-install atm but I'm having issues copying my C:\ partition using Norton Ghost - should I post this issue elsewhere? Anyway, whilst I'm reinstalling XP I wanted to check if my PSU could be adding to my woes...
Itís pretty stable in use, just slow. However there are usually several random error messages that appear on shutdown as XP struggles to end running processes. I'm relatively computer savvy, so have always kept it clean of viruses, spyware etc and generally looked after the registry etc.
Since owning it, I've significantly upgraded the graphics card which now runs 2 monitors, I now have a total of 3 HDDs instead of the 1 it came with and have added a DVD-RW combo drive. Now this must all require a much greater power than the orginal spec and would the PSU not have degraded with age? The computer is almost always on, so Iíd say itís been powered up for the equivalent of at least 3 years non-stop. The fans are relatively quiet and never seem too overworked Ė typical CPU temps of 40-45 degC according to MBM 5.
According to eXtreme Power Supply calculator I require 297 WÖ
Specs as follows:
XP Home Edition 2002 SP 3 Ė fully up-to-date
Page File: 1534 Ė 2042 MB
OEM PSU: LITE-ON DC output 250 W Model #: PS-5251-08HP
ďcombined power on +5V & +3.3V rails not to exceed 165 W max
combined power on +12V & +5V rails not to exceed 218 W max
continuous total DC output power will not exceed 250 WĒ
OEM Intel 82845G/Ö MOBO
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz Northwood
2 * 512 MB DDR SD RAM PC-2100 (actually faster but limited by MOBO)
3 * 3.5Ē IDE HDD 7200rpm (160 GB, 320 GB & 500 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 AGP 256 MB Ė running 2 * 19Ē TFTs @ 1440x900
PCI modem card
1 * 92mm fan on case & 1 * 70mm fan on CPU
USB WIFI adapter
USB wireless keyboard and mouse
Thanks for any help received,