OK, I've been working with this forum to fix a very difficult problem with my computer for quite a while now, and while you have been very helpful, I have still not been able to fix it.
the problem is that, in every game/program that requires system resources/ram/power, whatever you want to call it, the game slows down to about a 1/50 of its normal speed, for about 25 seconds. the first minute or two of play, the game stays normal, but once it starts, it does it about every 30 seconds or so.
thing is, its been getting worse. used to happen every minute or two, now it happens every 30 secionds. used to be that anything that took less or equal to of the system resources of Half life that it would not slow down (in other words, it didnt slow down in half life). Now it slows down in almost everything. even flash games, playing music, uninstalling stuff, etc. its getteing worse
I've narrowed it down, I guess...
Intel 1.5 ghz
geforce 4 ti4200
Windows XP (home)
DirectX 9 (problem happens in 8 also)
Compaq Presario 5300
To sum it all up, I've tried:
-changing pagefile size
-opening up computer and checking if everything was in order
-checking for spyware
-uninstalling stuff that I got at the time it started
-a WHOLE lot more (I don't even remember
Sorry for late response, been busy/lazy. I decided to move this thread out of hardware, because according to current developments, it isn't a hardware problem.
I tried calling circuit city, so that they would help me with the warranty, but they wouldn't, they said it was NOT a hardware problem. (I had been leaning toward it being a power supply problem, but I guess not)
Just to make sure, I tried unplugging the floppy, CD, DVD, and 1 stick of RAM, and I tried playing a game. the problem still happened.
so it can't be a hardware problem. must be software, but then how do I fix it?
obviously, reformatting would be an option, but its a last resort. and if I did, what would be the easiest way to keep some of my stuff that I needed on it? or do you have any other suggestions? do you know of any places I could take it to?