This may be long winded (ok, it is) but...
For some reason my system has slowed way down... it's like I don't have any memory, or a processor problem.
If I use photoshop with anything else running, and draw a simple line, it segments... as if it were lag.
If I use the "add remove programs", anything I try to remove takes 10 full minutes just to start the file reading process.
If I try to load a program...same thing, 10 full minutes before it starts the installation.
Winamp takes forever to play anything.
BTW, all these symptoms were never apparent before... I used to run several programs at one time (i.e. winamp, photoshop, and acrobat) all memory hogs
I have two HHD's one w/ the OS and the other for apps and such... If I restart the system, I sometimes loose the second HHD, but then comes back when I fully shut down the computer.
Can I re-install the OS (XP Home) without loosing any data, or would that even be a possible answer?
I know any answers can be be varied depending on any number of scenarios, and this may not be the right board for this question, but I'm at a loss.
Memory- 1GB, 133's
OS- XP Home
OS HHD- 20GB w/ 7.7 GB free space
slave HHD- 160GB w/ 3 partitions - 1 @40GB w/ 27GB free... 1 @ 80GB w/ 17GB free... 1 @30GB w/ 7GB free (the remaining 10GB is in the 3rd partition which contains system "unmovable" files (or so it says)
I know it's a stretch trying to get an answer to such an involved question.. but Thanx for any help that may be offered
(edit to Mods: If this would be better in the "hardware" section would you please move it there... thanx)