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Well, in my dollar store mug.

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Computer brooding.
Whenever I'm not around Cliff comes in here playing a game on this PC. I noticed this game was playing very poorly. Not animated well, like I'd set it up to in the past. So I was wondering what's been going on with the game. Maybe I was looking in the wrong place.

Last night the computer just ground to a halt after a reset. Since then, XP is taking minutes to start up completely, not seconds. Right-clicking an icon on the desktop has become a situation where it takes 10-12 seconds before it registers and brings up the right-click menu, but is instant from then on.

Thoughts on what to do would be appreciated. I re-shuffled Service Pack 1 on here just in case last night, that's done nothing.

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Check for adwares and spywares that may be running in the background, slowing down your machine. SpyBot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware are two programs to look for that can find and eradicate these nuisances.

I forgot to say I checked that too, but thanks for the suggestion.

Darn, that's what I was going to say.

Posibly needs defragmenting.

Although most computers tend to slow down after some use because they just get junked up.
The only way to solve that is to reformat and start from scratch. Also check for updates to your graphics card drivers/(x)disk drivers/bios/anything else you have installed.

Other than that go into msconfig and take out all the crap that doesn't need to start up. :) (such as "background monitor" programs like RealPlayer/Realone/whatever.

Shy of a format, I've done everything suggested there.

Ban the fucker from using it. Or at the very least setup a login with very limited privileges.

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