Problem with computer lagging (program seem to use too much mem and process)
Hey guys, this is my first post. I read the rules and i hope i live up.
Well, i have a problem that has me very very very annoyed. First off let me tell you my specs:
Dell Inspiron 9300 (less than 1 year old)
1.83ghz Pentium M Centrino
1GB Ram ddr 667mhz
AtI mobility Radeon x300 128mb (not sure if its dedicated)
This laptop has been my pride and joy for the last year. I am an avid gamer, and i was quite pleased to see that this PC could play almost any game quite well. However, lately my computer has been lagging in a very annoying way, the symptoms are as follows:
Anytime the system is opening a program, say Firefox, the computer seems to alot 99%+ process to that process and the computer totally hangs for a few seconds - SO MUCH THAT NOT EVEN THE MOUSE POINTER RESPONDS! The lag occurs for about 5 seconds, but it has never ever ever happened until the last few days.
Another thing is that when i load up a game (this is the most annoying thing) the lag occurs. But when i hit Ctrl-Esc to minimize the game for a while, the lag becomes overbearing. I ussually do this to check my IM or Itunes while i play the game (Rise of Nations) never had problem doing this before. Now, when i do this, the sound effect of the game lags! So say when i ussually need to here "Thump" i would here "Thu-Thu-Thu-Thump".
Another thing that i used to do is leave itunes play in the background, since i prefer that msuic than the in game music. NOW if i try that, the game lags like crazy, and so does the music!
Its the most annoying thing i have ever experience in a Laptop.
After about 5 minutes of playing through the lag, the game re-stabalizes, but if i minimize the game again, it starts dpoing the lag again.
So thats the symptoms. On an average the pc doesnt lag, only when i make accdess to a process (i.e open a program).
I have checked online for solutions and the closest thing i found was something about Virtual Memory Lag, but nothing they said there helped. I am so lost... i am contemplating reformat, but i have never done that before and would like to only do that as a last resort.
Pls help... pleasei would greatly appreciate it, so much as to put a link to this website on my company's site if you can help me fix! heheh (well i am gonna put a link anyway, cause this site is so rich with info).
Thanks guys, pls respons soon with any advice you may have or any more info you need.