Help...possible CPU problem
I'm a first time poster here but would greatly appreciate some help. I've been having problems starting up applications for about a week now. Every application I start will halt for about 10 - 15 seconds before it actually resumes loading. I'm not sure what is causing this but my first reaction to the cause is the CPU. The sound it makes actually sounds like the computer is locked up. With that said, once the application is up and running it runs fine (i.e. IE, RealOne Player, etc.) but I have noticed the last few days that the application I am running will freeze for a few seconds, a hicup so to speak. Also, when I try to multi-task with the same application (Internet Explorer) it will keep reloading the second occurance over and over again until a eventual program crash. Is this a CPU, HD, and/or motherboard problem or something else? Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
AMD Athlon 2500+ Barton
Chaintech GeForce 4 Ti4200 128MB
80 gig HD (Seagate I believe)