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Antonious Nikolas
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« on: November 22, 2004, 08:42:42 PM »

Hi Everyone,

Okay, here's the story:

I have a nice little laptop with Windows XP and a dial-up ISP.  It used to be nice and fast, but now all of a sudden, it moves like molasses in January.  How slow?  So slow that I can't even see these words as I type them.  I just keep typing, and then they all appear in one big bunch a couple of seconds later.  And its not just on the internet, its even with other basic functions.

I thought that maybe it was because I installed a large Encarta Encyclopedia on here the other day (600+ KB) but that wasn't it.  I unistalled the encycolpedia, and still no dice.  I tried deleting a whole bunch of old term papers and other files, as well as unistalling all of my card and board games, etc (including Risk  :'().  I went to the control panel and defragmented my files, as well as "cleaned up" the hard drive by compressing and deleting tons of old files.  I scanned for viruses w/ PC-Cillin and it said there were none.  What else can I do?

I am about to throw this thing at a wall.  Angry

Thanks!

P.S. - It seems like that little orange light down at the bottom is always on or at least flashing.  I don't know what the heck that is.  The icon next above it looks like a nondesript little cylinder.
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2004, 03:42:07 AM »

The nondescript cylinder represents your hard drive.

Your hard disk may be failing. Major slowdowns are one of the symptoms of a hard disk about to die. Make sure you have your important stuff backed up and find out if it is under warranty.

The other possibility is a virus
Download the Sysclean Package from here and then the latest virus definition pack from here (it is a zip file, extract the definition file into the same directory as you saved sysclean.com) then run sysclean.com to do a thorough check for viruses.

John.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2004, 09:39:34 AM »

Thanks John!  I'll try it tonight when I get home from work and let you know how it goes.  (I really hope the hard drive isn't going.  I just finished paying the thing off!)
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