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XP pc very slow to boot and run

I was performing a back up and the system crashed. System=iwll
P4R533-n P2.4ghz 1066 1gig rdram. Necessary to format C and using an image copied to the 80 gig WD 7400, The macine takes forever. Task manger=systen idle at 00- CPU at 100% There are no apps running and the best I can get is 65-70% system idle process. What ever I open msconfg/control panel ect takes forever. When I run the mouse over to the start button the flash light symbol appears as it looks for the start menu. I tried two HD with the same result removed the pci cards and the same. I am thinking motherboard but it does run. Maby upgrade the board but don't what card to buy????????? LOST

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  • rddesilets Jan 10, 2009
  • rddesilets Jan 10, 2009

    Hi Ken

    Thank you for you time and advise. I am not the type to just let the problem set. This problem was still occurring even after a format of C: re-installation of windows xp pro. The system never was connected to internet after the install. So I decided that the problem was in the Bios and went through every step and what I did not understand googled. After a ton of research and trying many different settings top to bottom. Finally hit it the aperture setting which is how much memory the video card can use was set at 64 with 16 the lowest and 256 the highest. Set this to 256 and like a switch the CPU usage at idle went to 0% and the system Idle process went 99% just the way we like it. The machine is as fast as ever.



  • berniesmith Jan 19, 2009

    XP Pro Running Very Slowly after Acronis Restore

    Hi, ....I saw the "do you have the same problem" link and would like to contribute the following - along with any new feedback from anything I try to resolve it.

    I have just installed a new HDD to replace a flakey one. I used Acronis True Image to clone the old drive content, (MBR, Boot Sector and all) and after some problems getting the new drive recognised by my BIOS, I restored the Image to it and successfully booted into XP. The problem is that after the first couple of background programs load and show in the system tray, everything slows down to snails pace. Although not all such background programs seem to be loading at all, it does reach a point where I can access the Start Menu - however, it takes about 10-20secs to respond to any mouse click. I haven't successfuly opened a program.

    I've cloned a drive that had no apparent problems beforehand so I'm a bit mystified. I note that Norton 360 isn't getting started, but since it's not using resources I can't see that that's the cause.

    I can open Task Manager, and it shows 30-odd processes going on, but the only one using any CPU resource is "SYSTEM", which is using 99. "System Idle Processes" is using 00. Clearly something is chuntering away leaving no resources for anything else - does anyone have any ideas what it might be? Nothing seems to be occupying excessive RAM.

    Thank in advance for any suggestions.



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I will try to help you out with this.  First, don't be too rash and run out and get a new motherboard, since I think you have a software problem not a hardware one.  I will try to get you to diagnose your system a little, and we can get through this together.
With your system booted up, do a CTRL-Alt-Del.  I know you did this already, but you were looking at something different.  When the task manager comes up, it says no apps are running, but did you look at the processes running?  Click on the "Processes" tab, and then click on the CPU column twice. (First click will sort and put the heaviest running processes on the bottom, second click will put them at the top!).  Now you have a good indication of what your system is working hardest at.  Some viruses/malware etc., will do exactly what you are talking about, including eating all of your CPU time.  If you have a process that is 95% or higher on that list, that is your problem.  If it has a name like "sdfioiuyw" or such garbage, it is probably a virus/worm.  First, highlight the process eating all of the CPU time and then click "End Process".  Once that process ends, your computer should be running normally.
Assuming that the above paragraph went well, the next thing is to try to figure out what caused it.  First I would run one of the available virus scanners, then a malware scanner, and finally an adware scanner.  Following the instructions for each of the above programs, you should be back in business, and happy with a system running pretty fast.
I hope this helps you out!

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