My grandson has a Dell xp he has asked me to help him with.
He thought he had a virus, machine was running very slow.
He did google search and found some files that he was supposed to delete and did so, turned out to be a necessary file.
He decided to start over, and reload xp(home edition). Problem still existed. That's the point I became involved. He had two versions of xp at that point.
After loading some spyware and virus checking software and finding nothing, I thought we would start again. I first ran some software to check the hard drive speed and it runs as fast as most of the pc's using IDE drives I have in my office.
I first tried to do a "R" for repair of the xp, but problem still persisted.
I formatted the hard drive and reloaded the xp software.
It took over 8 hours. It would copy files from the cd for about 2 or 3 minutes(did not really time it), then hesitate for up to 10 minutes, then continue on to load a few more files and repeat the stall.
XP finally installed and when starting up, is very slow. No other software has been loaded. Even screen displays are slow. Reason is below.
I brought up the task manager right after a boot up and the system is using 100% CPU time. Even task manager process shows using cpu time when just it is running. Some other processes also show time, did not write them all down. The system idle only showing 0 to 3% most of the time. The cpu usage varies between about 3 or 4 processes. In looking at the task manager on this pc I'm writing this note from, the cpu % runs from 0 to 6% with system idle making up the rest of the cpu usage.
If I can answer any questions to help provide information, I will do so.
I have been mostly a lurker in this group as I don't read the messages but every 30 min or so and by then anything I might have been able to contribute has been said. I have learned a lot, hoping to learn some more.