Posted 20 June 2009 - 05:54 PM
About three weeks ago, my computer rather suddenly lost its spunk. I use it for both gaming and school work (with the former taking sudden precedence as I have graduated and entered the world of joblessness). It was a moderately powerful system, handling most programs thrown at it with barely a hiccup. Now it struggles with programs for which it far exceeds the minimum specs, and any game released in the last three years is out of the question. It even gasps for breath when I visit script-intensive websites in Firefox or try to play high-definition videos from the internet. Several Flash applications that used to run fine will choke up my system.
I've done all the obvious things to see if I can squeeze out all the performance I can get - I've scanned with AdAware, AVG8 for viruses, A-squared for trojans. I downloaded the TweakGuide Total Codex (user-friendly guide to working with Windows) and followed much of the advice within, I downloaded the program Autoruns to stop most of the auto-starting programs from auto-starting (leaving only what seemed to be necessary for Windows and hardware running). I even uninstalled and updated my video driver. The one obvious thing I haven't done is update Windows, because the Windows automatic updater was the cause of constant crashing a few months ago. But until I hear of some horrible bug in Windows that causes it to devour system hardware from within after exactly 17 months of running, I'd like to stay away from that avenue altogether.
I'd love to be able to figure out what's eating my system. Any diagnostic tricks or suggestions that just might work would be welcome.
My system specs are:
Toshiba Satellite X205
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT
7200rpm HDD 250gb, 2 partitions
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Your help is appreciated!