Hey guys, I just joined these forums because I am having severe computer issues. I'd really appreciate your help. My computer has become quite sluggish and I am not sure what the cause of the problem could be. It makes inconsistant humming sounds. (meaning: it gets louder and softer, the pitch changes etc.. my guess is it has something to do with the fans working too hard or something? I have no idea)
Here are the specs and software I use on it for maintenance.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Service Pack 1
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor
1.84GHz, 1.00 GB of RAM
abit AV8 (more info about this product here
ATi Radeon 9800 XT
Anti-virus + Firewall:
Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0
Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Professional
I use the aforementioned programs on a regular basis to keep my computer clean and in decent shape. Up until recently however, these programs are no longer working the same way they had. I'd also like to note I use ATItool for monitoring my video card, and I do not overclock. Desperate, I dusted out my computer which seemed to help a little. Very little. As a result, the temperature (via ATItool) dropped 20 celcius. There was a LOT of dust
Also, I believe my PSU is 350 Watt, but I am not 100% sure. If you need anymore information, I'd be happy to present it in a speedy manner. I'm also curious as to whether the heating due to dust particles has caused any damage to any components, and if so, which ones? I also have used a Memory Cleaner (MemTurbo 4) and my computer continued to run sluggish even with 700mb of ram free. It runs the slowest in computer games, and changing the video settings or video card settings (via the ATi Catalyst Control Center) seems to not help at all with Frames Per Second. I used to get 60-65 FPS and now I get 10-15 on a regular basis. (Note: The game is World of Warcraft, which I realize requires a decent amount of ram, but the slow down in computer speed is reflected outside of games as well)
Lastly.. please help! I'd be oh so appreciative if some of you could at least clue me in on what you might think the problem could be. Again, I'll give you any information you want or need in about my cpu, so don't be afraid to inquire.