I found this post via a google search.
Since the past two or so days, my PC has been running alot slower. I wasn't sure why at first, because everything was running smoothly for several years.
My computer was originally running 98SE and then I upgraded to WinXP Home Edition, purchased more memory. I have about 320MB RAM, 547MHz. Even had various bigger programs like, Photoshop, Dreamweaver 4, Fireworks 4, Flash MX all installed on the PC including alot of other various programs and it wasn't running as slow as it is now.
I took the Dreamweaver, Fireworks 4 and Flash MX off the PC the other week. I'm just running Photoshop CS now, along with other programs and it was still running ok, except just for the past 2 days....it started acting up.
I went and got Ad Aware SE Pro, WinTools Pro, and Registery Mechanic 4 and ran them all. I have been running AdAware almost every 30 minutes, if anything comes up, I delete it. Just a while ago, I ran WinTools Pro and it showed 600 some bad registery keys and such, deleted all them. Still the same thing. Just ran Registery Mechanic 4 and found about 70 things. Deleted all them...and everything seems to be ok now.
I don't know if all of that had been contributing to it or not, but it sure helped and the PC seems to be back to normal. Maybe to the original topic author, try getting those programs and running them if you haven't already.
Just thought I'd add my 2cents, being that's all I have left after buying all them programs lol! Anyways...I hope you get it straightened out and wish ya the best. Later....
P.S. Almost forgot, I have three IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers:
The first two seem to be set just as the guy's above, but the very last one is set for PIO or whatever. Should I maybe change his settings the same as first two?