Hello! I'm new to these forums, and I'm hoping I can get help with my computer. Really, I'm not 100% sure WHAT the problem category (hardware, or software) is but here is what has been happening lately.
I recently (about 3 months ago) bought a Epox motherboard (Model: EP-8KHAL+, Via KT266) with a AMD Duron 1.2GHZ processor. I had no problems putting my new computer together, however once it was up and running I had some slight problems. I actually upgraded my older PC, with the new motherboard. All my hardware is working fine, nothing seems to be messed up. However, when I first booted my system I noticed severe LAG. I then decided, it's a new motherboard and CPU to format. I formatted my system, and for awhile it worked very good. I notice my CPU temperatures rising up to 120F, but that's not too bad.
On the average day, I was doing programming like I usually do, talking to my friends, surfing the web everything was fine. I went away for a few minutes, came back and noticed my computer was very laggy. My mouse was barely moving, so I restarted my computer. The boot time took atleast five minutes, and I tried it two times and it seemed to not work. I then insert my Microsoft Windows XP Professional CD and go into recovery console and do "chkdsk /p" and "fixboot". After I did that, I then booted up again and it worked fine, but it still had a very long boot time (5 minutes). I started up, entered my password (No one uses my computer except me, hehe) and when my desktop appeared, everything went slower then normal. Everything lagged, I could barely run two programs at once. So I figured a program was eating my memory (at the time, I had 256MB). I decided to format.
After I formatted, things were just fine. It was nice and fast again, so I didn't worry about the problem. After about two weeks, the SAME EXACT thing happens. I leave and come back and my system is laggy so I reboot. I then did the recovery console again from the Windows XP CD, and I get the long 5 minute boots and lag and unable to run multiple programs at once without lagging.
My computer specs:
CPU - AMD Duron 1.2GHZ
Motherboard - Epox EP-8KHAL+
RAM - 512MB DDR PC2100 Ram
Video - 128MB Radeon 9200 PRO
Harddrive 1 - 20 GIG Western Digital 5200 RPM - Main drive
Harddrive 2 - 80 GIG Maxtor 7200 RPM - Secondary drive
OS - Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
I used to run Windows XP Professional Edition, however just last night I had a lot of lag and was forced to format once again. I have no software installed except Winamp, AIM, and all the Windows XP Home Edition updates.
One thing that I have done, a cord was hitting one of my cords and I had take off the CPU fan to move it out of my way to fix up the cords, and forgot to plug it back in. My system stayed on for about a hour with no CPU fan, and my system overheated. (my system went on standby and the CPU was shut off.) I shutdown my system as soon as I noticed it, and waited 10-15 minutes to try it again. My system was laggy, so I formatted. I had troubles formatting, so I installed Mandrake Linux 9.1 which ran really laggy. I removed my 80GIG harddrive (disconnected it), and the OS ran very fast when I booted up again. I then went on vacation for three weeks in Michigan.
When I returned from vacation, I formatted my system with Windows XP Professional Edition. I then reconnect my 80 gig harddrive, and get lag. I later install PartitionMagic 8.0 and when I start it, it finds incorrect partition table (something like that, I don't remember). It corrects it, my system no longer lags.
I haven't had a problem since, and now it's acting up again. I really need help, I don't know what to do. I'm currently not working since my job is kinda 'closed', because I'm the captain of a charter boat that my dad owns and it's getting engine repairs so I am not making any money right now. I want my last resort to be is get a new processor, but I'm not sure if it's a bad software, or my OS. I'd really hate to have to use Windows ME, 98, or 2000.
I also noticed when I scroll down in IE, or ANYTHING RELATED to IE the scrolling isn't smooth (Sorta like laggy, I can't really explain it). I always get this when I format, but it doesn't seem to be going away.
Please don't reply if you don't know, or you're just going to be rude. If you might be able to help, ask me any questions and I'll try to respond AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
I thank everyone who has took the time to read this long message, and another thanks to those who were able to help me.