Computer Woes (Two Months and Running)
I've been working on my family's HP Pavilion 750n for two months now without avail. Three months ago, I could startup programs simultaneously (AIM and Steam Powered for example) in one to two seconds. A month later, I installed a fresh copy of Windows XP Pro to start new. When I started up the same programs it took around 20 to 30 seconds. This problem actually encompassed the entire system, with any program, individual or simultaneous. Boot times have also increased from 30 seconds or so to around two minutes.
The following is a list of actions that I have taken to try to fix the problem, but with minimal increase in performance:
-Adaware Complete Scan: nothing found
-Trendmicro Online Complete Scan: nothing found
-Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool: nothing found
-a2 scanner: nothing
-McAfee AVERT Stinger: none
-Windows Update on all Critical, Optional and Hardware updates
-Intel Chipset Accelerator Updates
-Microsoft Disk Cleanup
-Checked if DMA was enabled on HD: enabled and using it
-Checked CPU BIOS if DMA is enabled: enabled
-Checked where HD is located: it's on Primary Master, no Slave on Primary, though Secondary Master running DMA and Slave running PIO, and DMA is enabled on both...
-Ran DirectX Diagnostics: no problems found
-Device Manager: no hardware conflicts
-Checked connections of cables inside of tower, RAM changed out with different brand, same type: no change
-Checked whether PCI 1 Slot is open (explanation later): open
-Router's DHCP has been turned off and on again: no change in IP problem
-Computers IPs have been set to Static
So the problems I know about now is that
-Recent NVIDIA Drivers do not recognize any hardware that are compatible (?)
-IP Conflict comes up every hour or so (?)
-Slow down in all applications and boot time
I know that if you have an AGP card, the PCI 1 Slot is being shared with resources so its advantageous not to put anything on the PCI 1 Slot.
I have Sandra Lite and some other diagnostic programs if anyone needs any more information that what is provided in my profile. If anyone has any advice or any steps I should do, it would be much appreciated.
HP Pavilion 750n
Windows XP Pro
2x 256MB DDR233-RAM
AGP NVIDIA TNT2 Model64Pro
SAMSUNG SV8004H 75GB HD on Master 1 running DMA 5
CD-Writer on Master 2 running PIO 4, DVD-R on Slave 2 running DMA 2
One laptop and one other desktop both running XP Pro.