My PC suddenly went very sluggish about 4 or 5 days ago. I've been using Photoshop a lot and thought that maybe I was just trying to do too much with too small a swap file. I deleted loads of stuff, did a scandisk overnight, ran a complete virus check using the latest Trend Micro defintions, ran Spybot Search & Destroy, ran Ad-Aware, ran CWShredder.... none of them brought up a single error. In the past when I've experienced similar problems I've usually found something and removing it has brought full speed back once more! I've even uninstalled Photoshop plus a few other programs and I'm still getting really bad performance issues with everything I run.
The most obvious symptoms are the top part of an active window will go from blue with text to just plain white for a while and isn't clickable whilst I'm trying to do something; for instance in Photoshop it was doing it when I was trying to rotate an image, or before it brought up the save image dialog box etc.
Another more obvious symptom of when it's stuggling is when Winamp and any other audio stutters very badly nearly every time I try to save a file or do anything that would involve using the processor in the slightest. It's never done this before, I've been able to have several applications running simultaneously and the worst it might do is stop playing for a few seconds, I've never had it stutter before like it was having problems "streaming" the audio from wherever.
I've used Performance tab in Windows Task Manager to see if the CPU is being overloaded and the worst I've seen it get is from about 6% up to 55% but no more than that. I can't say that the Swap File (or is it Page File nowadays?) seems too overloaded either.
Not sure if this covers everything but my spec is as follows:
Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2
Pentium 4 3.06GHz
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-106D
SONY DVD-ROM DDU1612
I hope I've included enough info to explain the problem but if you're able to help in any way or need more information then please let me know.
Thanks in advance