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by: slow235comp October 9, 2012 6:18 PM PDT

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by slow235comp - 10/9/12 6:18 PM

1.5ghz, 1g RAM, 80GB harddrive, Dell Optiplex gx240 desktop, XP SP3, IE8

It makes my blood boil, I sometimes lay down while web pages load. I didn't go to any shady websites like porn or anything, I

only click on ones Norton shows iare OK after a Google search. I fully reformatted and have like nothing installed. I ran

tons of scans and found no spyware or anything,


It was as slow a few months ago. I made a thread and found that no capacitors are leaking, fans are clean, it's not a

hardware problem and malware logs were clean and i ran about 5 of the best antispyware scans (adaware, spybot, windows

defenter, SAS, malwarebytes, etc) and a full Norton scan were all clean. We found it to be Constat Guard (free antivirus,

mostly ID protection free with Comcast I thought was needed to have Norton installed) installed along with Norton Security

Suite. I uninstalled Constant Guard, did a full XP reformat and it was faster for about 3 months. I reformatted again and

reinstalled XP and it got slow. I reformatted again and again and it's slow as hell.

All I have installed is flashplayer, updated gfx card driver, IE8, norton secutiy suite, google earth, and Windows XP

updates. It's not just slow for webpages, like loading add/remove programs list takes too long. I always delete cookies and

temp files. Compatability mode doesn't help loading pages.


norton requiremnts are:
•300 MHz or faster processor.
•256 MB of RAM.
•300 MB of available hard disk space


After the reformat that made it slow, I had to install an XP SP3 version intended for IT developers for multiple computer or

something like that it said. Now when you go to update windows after installing the CD, it gives you an error code saying

windows update won't work. They should just explain it doesn's support non-SP3 XP and link SP3 insted of giving a code. I

googled the error code, found many with the same proble and all different solutions, but all you need to do is download SP3

from windows (or sp1/2 first if the cd is just plain XP with no SP1). Windows says on the webpage and I called them that to

just go ahead and install the only SP3 they are offering, the 'IT developers installingon multiple third party computer, for

just one computer, a smaller better version is available' or something like that it says. So I install that then do all the

100+ mostly security updates and its slow. Other computers on my router are fine.


I don't wanna risk turning Norton off to see if it's the problem. We recently had a new Router installed from Comcast which

made the other computers faster, so it's not that. The other computers have about the same specs. I checked my internet wire

with a tester and all the individual wires and the ground wire are okay.

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