I have an old XP laptop which used to work pretty well, but became "spare" after a shuffle-round of the family's computing assets, and something better became available.
Now I have a need for a simple machine to collect data from a radio via USB cable, it won't be connected to the net or even my LAN in any way so it doesn't need all the usual security, and the fact that XP is no longer supported is not an issue. The machine (if working) and XP have all that's needed to just get on with the job.
The problem is that just before I stopped using it, it used to take a long time to start, doubtless for all the usual reasons explained in many posts here, and I am working my way through fixing this. The issue that I am stuck with right now is that System Mechanic scheduled a disk check on the next start up, I started up some 17 hours ago and DSKCHK is still running - v e r y s l o w l y.
We are up to 47% of the free space check. Surely at this point, there is very little in the way of rogue software running that could cause slow operation ? Is it possible there is a hardware problem and if so, what ? It was running reasonably well up to the point when I closed it down and restarted.
I shall let it run and see what happens, but am rapidly coming to the conclusion that the machine is heading for the recycling tip.