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I am running XP home version, SP1. It had been fine until lately, and no new software or hardware has been installed. The problem is that it boots fine the first time of the day, but after the system warms up, it becomes unstable. It takes about 5 minutes, literally (maybe more,) to reboot. When it does finally restart, it sometimes does not start the programs in my startup group, like my virus scan, or weatherbug, and can take a wicked long time to open a wav file. This is driving me nuts, and I figure either the C: drive is starting to die (it is at least 4 years old) or that there is some sort of temperature problem with the motherboard, or even something about the power supply. Maybe someone with more experience can give me a shove in the right direction.

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Overheating CPU?

Perhaps you should check the temperature of the CPU. Maybe it is overheating and being throttled down.

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Did you say you use "Weatherbug" ? It sounds like you have acquired some nasty processess that are running invisibly in the background. (as in spyware / adware) Use HijackThis and post a log. I would also suggest downloading processexplorer from www.sysinternals.com and running it in safe mode to find the un-published rogue process and killing it.
 

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Three likely cases, one is that the computer (CPU) is overheating like mentioned before, try taking off the side panel and putting a fan blowing into the computer and see if it is better. also it could by a virus/spyware as mentioned, so download some tools such as adaware and spywareblaster, along with maybe doing a virus scan and see if you can find anything. finally it could just be that you have too many programs running in the background. look in the bottom right next to the clock and see if there are things runnning that you could exit, also check your running processes to see if any are tkaing up a large % of the resources.
 

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gamenite said:
I am running XP home version, SP1.
There's your problem, right there. You need to have been running SP2 but you're still running SP1. I hate to say it, but it's most likely that your system's security has been compromised.
If I were you, I'd back up all my important documents to a CD (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, etc.). Then, I'd get a XP Pro Sp2-Slipstream Install CD and use that to wipe the hard drive and start again with a fresh installation.
Then, patch with Microsoft Update, get Avast!4Home AntiVirus, a hardware firewall, AdAware SE, SpyBot S&D, Spyware Blaster, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Sun Java (JRE 1.5.0-04) and a cup of coffee.
Then, I'd use the Windows "ASR" app (Start>Programs>Accesories>System Tools>Backup>Automated System Recovery Wizzard) to make a ASR copy.

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Thank you for all of your help - it was overheating

I have to thank all of you for your help. I took of the side panel and took the fan and heatsink off of the CPU and cleaned and reseated them and the CPU. I also reseated the RAM. Left the side panel off and pointed a house fan in there and low and behold she is back to her old self. Now I just have to figure out which fan has failed. I have the one on the heatsink, the one in the back of the tower, and one between the hard drives. For now I just have it set up with the side panel off, but need to put something over the opening to keep the cat out of there. :4-thatsba

Anyway, I am so happy I could puke :grin:

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did you use artic 5?
and of course you cleaned out your case.
its probably the fan in the rear of the tower...you also should have a fan in front on the bottom blowing air into your box, and the rear up higher exhausting the hot air.
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