I would say that my issue started rather suddenly a couple of weeks ago. While booting my PC, I noticed that it got stuck on the Windows XP splash screen for longer than usual. The progress bar had stopped moving and I was about to do a cold shutdown when XP finally launched.
I should ask that I have not installed new software on my PC in quite a while, nor have I been visiting shady websites. I mainly use my PC for home recording of music, which brings me to the next issue I noticed after booting.
When my computer was functioning normally, I would have no problem running my recording software (I use Cockos Reaper) along with other programs such as Google Chrome or VLC Media Player. I would regularly listen to music with VLC while jamming to it using Reaper without any issues. However, when my PC performance problems appeared, I noticed that even running Reaper on its own is now problematic. Playing guitar or keyboard through Reaper is now very choppy.
As an example of bad performance, I have Google Chrome as the only running application, and CPU Usage in the Windows Task Manager continually jumps anywhere from 4 to 65%.
I'm starting to think the problem might be hardware related.
I am running an old HP Pavilion a320n with the following specs:
- 2800+ AMD Athlon XP Processor (2.08 GHz)
- 1.18 GB of RAM (One 1GB stick, one 256MB stick)
- 120GB Ultra DMA Hard Drive
If you require further information on my part, let me know. Thanks in advance for any help. I have used this forum once in the past and the service I received was very much appreciated.