Just when I thought it was safe to play again I have a problem. Thanks to wonderfully generous folks on this site I learned a lot after my first problem.
My PC last week started shutting down frequently. In fact, it usually wouldn't complete the boot before it crashed. Heat, right? Well, the CPU fan was roaring like a B-52. I felt I had nothing to lose, so I carefully removed it to inspect. The cooling blades were really filled with lint and other stuff. I cleaned it off carefully but before I could re-install it I had to glue the original fan housing back together because it had cracked in a couple of places. I didn't know what the greyish gunk on the back side of the cooling block was so I wiped it clean before putting it back together. Surprisingly it ran alright.
I've been rebuilding drivers and other annoying stuff for the past several hours.
Today I went to the local micro center and bought a cheap replacement fan. My processor is a dual core Intel VIIV. The replacement fan is a "Thermaltake" P/N:CL-P0497. The original fan had a four prong connection and the new one only has three. It runs very quietly now, but...
This thing is so slow I can't stand it! It seems to be running nicely, SpeedFan tells me temperatures are all acceptable, I ran "PC Doctor" to evaluate the system, everything supposedly checks out just fine. But it sure runs slowly now.
Is there another diagnostic I might use to find the reason for this extreme slowdown in speed?
Thank you ever so much!