Re: Slower and slower....
Yeah, that isn't normal. When you say "Acer screen" are you talking about the first splash screen that comes up when you first turn on the PC or is this an OEM branded Windows splash screen that comes up after Windows starts loading? Both could potentially point to a difficulty reading from the hard drive, but if it does this before Windows loads then you could potentially have other problems. You could try running a scan on the hard drive to see if there are any errors. A defrag couldn't hurt either. A dying stick of memory could be at fault, but I suspect other symptoms would present if that were the case.
But I'm trying, Ringo. I'm trying real hard... to be the Shepherd.