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amd athlon 64x2 5800+
xp 32 bit
300gb seagate IDE drive
I might have to check the ram because my dxdiag shows up as 3070mb of memory and i'm not sure if that's including or excluding what's being used to run the system.
What happened was I closed a game and pretty much the instant the game shut down i went to my start menu and hit shut down. The computer blue screened and crashed. I tried a few times to get it to turn back on and it wouldn't load past the bios page so i left it off over night. The next day I tried to turn it on and it came up but windows was slow to load.
Since then anything that needs to load has taken longer. The only real benchmark I have on the loading speed difference is that before I would load a CoD4 map with about 6 seconds before a game starts. Now when I try to load into a map it goes slow enough to time out.
Here's what I've tried so far. Cleaned out my case, cleaned up my disk and defragged it. Switched to a different powersupply I have, discovered that the IDE cord on my harddrive was only half connected because one side of the plastic connection had broken and parts of the cord weren't on the metal connectors in the plug and replaced that with another cord I had, done a full safe mode virus scan and I think that's about it to this point.
Performance is still really strange. Everyone works fine basically. It's just that windows is slow on the initial load and games are slow at loading screens.
I'm not really sure what else to try here. I'm currently working on moving files to externals and my laptop in case I have to do a full reboot