hi all. i'm new on here so please be nice (and patient)
i'm not too clued up on computers but i'm not as bad as some
so anyhow, heres my question. hopefully it will be easy for you guys but for someone like me it is harder and a learning curve so please descibe everything like i'm 10 years old. you will be teaching me!
my girlfriend bought a Packard Bell off our neighbour for £15. she said it was 3 years old. it was running windows me. it is nothing fancy. it was fairly slow then. (but its hard to tell as were both used to faster computers at work). we got rid of me and installed xp proffesional. it was still slow, but now its really slow. it has only 34% of its memory left yet there is hardly anything on it. just xp, office, bit of music etc.
in order to try and help it i have run, avg, ad aware, cwc shredder, spybot s&d, disk cleanup, defrag, scan disk. as well as deleting any unused programs.
i'm basically scuppered. is a computer that is designed to run me not powerful enough to run me? i thought it would be as her old one did.
also not sure if its relevant but 3 of the usb ports misteriously don't work. would this affect anything?
also when i say slow, it take 5 or so seconds to open the 'start' menu!
nothing seems to be running that shouldn't be. also the lighton the front is working overtime. it stays on 24/7. even when you do nothing.
any help would be much appreciated as i'm getting it in the neck at the moment.
thanks again, steve