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Dell Dimension 2400 when picked up from customer computer would not load windows. 1st Attempt to Fix -cleaned and formatted hard drive by connecting drive to another computer and exploring as slave. -installed back in Dimension 2400, formatted when installed XP SP3 -install took approx. 20 hours!! -booted in safe mode and installed all current drivers (retrieved from dell website) -ran incredibly slow, CPU constantly spiked at 100% -upgraded from standard ram (512mb) to 1gb (512mbx2) -didn't seem to affect speed (Windows bootup takes approx. 10 mins and computer runs too slow to be considered usable) 2nd attempt to fix -left with 1gb of ram -changed to another HD (thinking I might have a corrupt HD causing speed issues) -XP sp3 install again took over 12 hours -computer will boot but still incredibly slow!!! Please help me! I cannot figure this out. I am a moderate computer user with enough knowledge to build and repair most PCs. I cannot seem to figure out what is causing this computer to be so slow. I do not know how the computer ran before my first attempt to fix but owner says the computer was usable. What would cause this computer to run so slow even after several clean installs? And why are my installs taking so ridiculously long? I have used my boot disk on tens of other computer and never had any issues with speed at all. Could it be CPU? MOBO? HD? RAM? Power Supply?

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From the description of the problem it looks like a hardware problem, most probably a HDD problem.

Try replacing the hard-disk and let us know the findings.

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