i use my computer mostly for recording/working on music.
the program i use, Cool Edit Pro has worked perfectly forever, but just recently, whenever i try to record from an incoming source, not only does the program take a good 20 seconds to start recording, it also skips around a lot when recording and playing back.
additionally, when i try to listen to mp3s the sound skips around a lot too.
for some reason, when i listen to sound, from, lets say a video or something online...i do not have this problem.
this just started happening recently, and it's really bothering me, as working with this program is basically my life.
additionally, other programs have been taking a really really long time to start up, but seem to run smoothly and just as quickly as before i had this problem when they are finally started up. basically every program, even though theres a slow start-up time, is totally useable, except for my sound programs.
another thing i noticed is now when XP starts, it pauses at the logo/blue bad loading screen for a much longer time, then has a very long black-screen pause before it finally gets to the "windows is starting up" screen.
i might add that i have been using dial-up internet, and just recently got a high-speed connection, about 2.5 weeks before this problem started.
as for what i've done to try to fix it:
ive decreased my number of programs at start-up
cleaned my registry
ran 4 or 5 anti-virus and spyware/adware programs on my computer, including the new microsfot anti-virus program
deleted/uninstalled any programs i never use anymore
freed up about 26 gb on my main hard drive.
in stumped. nothing seems to help.
can you offer any advice? i backed up my hard drive recently (before i had this problem), and was considering just formatting my hard drive and starting from scratch. would this even do anything or do you think this is more of a hardware issue?
thanks a lot, and any help is much appreciated.