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Inspiron running at .00001% speed

I just pulled my old inspiron out of storage to try experimenting with linux, and it is moving very slowly. I dual-boot, and it takes about a minute to get to the boot screen. If I open the bios, it takes about 30 seconds to respond to a key press. Even getting the cursor to safe mode on the windows boot screen takes about 5 minutes. XP starts in about 15 minutes, but can't respond to keypresses at all.

It's been unplugged for months, and the time has been reset to 2004, so I assume the battery on the motherboard is out. Anybody know how to replace it? Any idea if that would cause this problem?

Any ideas welcome!


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  • woodslanding Nov 26, 2007

    um, this is happening at boot. once I get into xp, it freezes entirely.

    BUT. I took out both of my batteries, and it starts right up...

    go figure!




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Sounds like something software is causing the problem!
Do Ctl Alt Del
Locate the Task Manager Tab
Click on it
Click on Processes
Look at the CPU usage
See if there is a program consuming your processor
I have found that there are programs that run behind the scenes in the background of your PC without your knowledge and it is consuming CPU usage!
The other Solution would be to wipe your drive clean and do a clean install

Posted on Nov 26, 2007

  • Herman Briggs
    Herman Briggs Nov 26, 2007

    I have found that sometimes the batteries cause the PC to hold onto an error that it has caused! Once the battery is removed the problem is removed because anything in temporary memory is wiped clean! Dells batteries have been notorious for this!

  • Herman Briggs
    Herman Briggs Nov 26, 2007

    Your problem is the battery! If you are not having this problem without the batteries. The problem lies with the battery they could be faulty. Batteries have been recalled for that reason!



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