Generally poor PC performance

  vaughan007 16:55 15 Jul 05

Bought a brand new PC.


P4 3.2 Ghz
6800GT AGP card
24 bit sound card
1 gig Memory
550W PSU
Windows XP Home

But this PC actually runs worse than my old one which had specs about half as good!

I just cant get to the bottom of it.

I have totally reinstalled windows and this made absolutely no difference.

There is no virus or spyware present.

PCpitstop shows pretty rubbish performance for graphics card, memory and system.

I am at a total loss.

Personally, I think there is a fault on the motherboard.

The vendor of the computer is being about as helpful as a poke in the eye with a sharp stick and is simply insisting it is a software problem.

Which I am pretty sure its not.

Anyone have any ideas?

  mattyc_92 17:11 15 Jul 05

Go to "Start->Run" and type in "msconfig" (without the quotations) and click OK

Now go to the "Startup" tab (I think it is this tab, can't remember) and scroll through ALL the programs listed and look out for any files that don't look quite right.

Or just post the list here, and someone will try to help you.

  vaughan007 17:17 15 Jul 05


Here is the list...

Microsoft Office
Adobe Reader Speed Launch
WinZip Quick Pick

  VoG II 17:20 15 Jul 05

You can disable updreg click here but I doubt if that is the culprit.

  De Marcus 17:22 15 Jul 05

You can untick all of those you posted, worryingly I don't see you av there?

  mattyc_92 17:25 15 Jul 05

None of the processes you have posted should be the problem...

I also agree with De Marcus, I am abit worried that I can't see any processes for Anti-Virus programs.

  De Marcus 17:30 15 Jul 05

Or firewall, did you simply neglect to put these in the post as I see you've mentioned you have no viruses inferring you do have AV installed.

  woodchip 17:38 15 Jul 05

Remove all MS Office from MSCONFIG it a Resource hogg

  vaughan007 18:40 15 Jul 05

I only uninstalled both the AV and firewall just prior to making this post.

Did it just in case one of them was the culprit.

Which they were not.

I have unticked all of those processes.

  vaughan007 19:34 15 Jul 05

OK, I have unticked all those processes.

I'll run the computer for a bit and give an update later.

Just a thought...but do you think something could be overheating?

I.e. Northbridge or CPU?

The fan on the CPU is working and the northbridge just has a heatsink and no fan.

Thanks for your help so far.

  woodchip 19:41 15 Jul 05

check that the IDE 1 Controller is set to DMA in Device Manager

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