Hello everyone. I'm having an issue with my computer, and haven't been successful looking for answers so far, so I came here. First off, here are the specs of my computer. (It's an old one).
Windows 7 SP1 32-bit
Athlon II X3 440 3.00GHz processor
4 GB RAM
MSI 770-G45 Motherboard
The problem I'm having is that in the past three weeks or so, my computer has become abnormally slow. These are just a few of they symptoms. I have a game (Civilization 5), which plays music while it is loading. In the last few weeks, the music has started to skip. It will play, stop, play, stop, play stop, etc. The game itself also gets hung up during play. I have music transcribing program, called Guitar Pro. When I open that program, it takes an abnormally long time to open. When I try to open a file, the Open File screen has a lag when loading. Only one file will show up first, then all the files show up, but without the file icons. (Only the "blank" icons are showing). When I try to open NVIDIA GeForce Experience to update my drivers, it fails to open, and gives me a error message that both GeForce Experience and Microsoft NET are not installed.
I thought maybe I had virus, so I tried to run a computer scan. (I'm using Charter Security Suite). The scan works, but it takes forever. After about 2 or 3 hours, it only scans about 2,000 files (of roughly 300k), so I have not done a full computer scan. I was able to do a System scan, which did not turn up any viruses.
After this, I opened up Task Manager to see if maybe a program was hogging memory. Instead, I noticed that my CPU is acting a little strange. The readout on the CPU will periodically drop to 0%, and remain there for a few seconds, and then it will jump back up, albeit at a low usage of 3-12%. I noticed this when the computer was idle, and I'm also observing it now as I type this. (I haven't yet tried it when I'm running an active program.) I'm curious if this could be the cause of my problems, because prior to this issue, even when the computer was idle with no programs running, have I never observed the CPU activity reading 0%. It used to get down to maybe 2-3%, but it would never completely drop off the scale. I'm curious as to what cold cause this. Would it be something physical causing this, or something in the software? I would really appreciate any insight anyone could give me as to how to approach this problem.
Edit: I just observed this issue while running a program. I opened up Internet Explorer, and it took the program a long time to load. Probably a minute or so. I was watching the Task Manager while the IE was opening, and the CPU was not producing a readout, and kept hovering at 0-1%. Then after a minute or so, the meter for the CPU jumped up to around 53%, and IE opened.
Edited by tdtiger, 30 May 2016 - 07:49 PM.