Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:36 PM
The Problem: So I've been having this problem for awhile, probably over a year. It's been getting worse, but it's been so gradual that it took me awhile to really get off my butt and do anything about it. Basically what happens is there's a sudden slowdown in computer performance. For example if I'm listening to a live stream, watching a video, or playing a game it will suddenly all go into slow motion for a few seconds and then return to normal speed. I know it's more of a global problem because I can see it happening with other programs, too. When a web page is loading the load speed may suddenly go very slowly for a few seconds, or even if I'm typing in Microsoft Word I'll keep hitting keys, and the keystrokes will be logged, but no words will appear for a few seconds and then it will suddenly have to catch up.
What I've tried to do: A friend suggested my CPU was overloaded, but I checked my CPU usage and it's always quite low, as in below 50% as far as I've ever seen. Someone else suggested defragmenting my hard drive, which I did using TuneUp Utilities, but if anything that made the problem worse, because now in addition to slowing down sometimes things will just stop for a few seconds, or web pages will time out but when I reload them they work fine. I already had a thread over at the forum that deals with viruses and things, and my computer is free of malware, so it can't be that. Any thoughts?
My machine: I'm using a Lenovo Ideapad, intel Core i7, 4 GB ram, not sure if there's other information you guys need but I'm sure I can find it. I bought the thing in 2010...
Thanks in advance to anyone who feels like lending a hand!