I have a problem with my computer being painfully slow, it is a Sony VAIO PCV-RX860 (http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/sony-vaio-pcv-rx860/4507-3118_7-20449333.html
). I have a 2.4Ghz Pentium 4 (Northwood), 1 gig of RAM (2 512MB sticks, DDR 2100), Two optical drives (pioneer a02, and a samsung SM-332b), two hard disks ( 80GB UDMA133 7200RPM HDD x2), a geforce4MX 440 graphics card (AGP), and a philips sonic edge 5.1 sound card.
The only input devices I use are standard ps/2 (mouse and keyboard). I added the Samsung drive, the extra ram (through crucial, selected the proper type), the extra hard disk and the graphics/audio cards. It was running fine til about a year ago, I now have to format constantly to keep it up to speed,
I am suffering from lag, freezing and reboots. Thinking it was a windows issue I switched to various Linux distros, even source based ones, and I still experience these problems. I got the idea to try installing Windows XP sp2 with all my drivers, while offline, then using deepfreeze (http://faronics.com/html/deepfreeze.asp
) to restore my computer to that point whenever I reboot. But it is still painfully slow at start up and after.
I've tried everything I could think of, removing everything and going to stock parts did nothing. Cleaning the inside thoroughly with canned air and a PC safe vacuum, keeping grounded and everything, in case overheating was the culprit, but nay. Can hardware just get worn and not work as well as it used to? Meaning the cpu, ram, mobo. Or is there something I am missing?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.