Old Gateway dual-boot XP PC with Win7 installed performing very slow suddenly?

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Answer #1 | 23/07 2014 17:13
Hard drive issues are common enough. When Windows is loaded does it take a long time? Does it take a long time to open a web browser? While the web browser is open, does it run pretty smoothly? If so that is a good pointer that the hard drive is failing. Another issue you run into is corrupt files, including system drivers that cause a number of issues themselves. It is hard to say with so little information, but hardware issues are likely. System slowdowns and instability can also be the motherboard too. It may be why you have intermittent boot issues and crashes, etc. Still can't count out the hard drive. Since you said another hard drive issue, I'd assume that you have had to replace it before. Was it replaced with a used one? Hard drives are mechanical devices that have moving parts. They all fail eventually, some earlier than others due to different conditions, such as random shutdowns, overheating, drops or manufacturer defects. But they all do fail, it is just a matter of when.
Positive: 66.666666666667 %
Answer #2 | 23/07 2014 19:05
You could have a virus.
Positive: 50 %
Answer #3 | 23/07 2014 16:52
I'm not sure what's wrong with it. And I don't have money to go get it fixed professionally or buy products to help figure out what's wrong. The night before last, everything was running decently. I shut it down to go to bed. Woke up the next day and turned it on, but when I pressed the power button to turn it on, the fan ran a LOT longer than usual before that little beep sound. And the monitor wouldn't register that it was working. Dad looked at it and after a while of inspection, he gave me my old monitor to try and it worked. But that fan problem still bugs me. Not to mention the fact that when I shutdown now, it takes FOREVER. It sticks on the blue "shutting down" screen, and then the little rotating wheel animation freezes after a while. Then after a bit longer it finally shuts off. I'm really worried that it's another hard drive issue. I'm also dealing with a pesky display driver issue that randomly pops up now and again. Especially when I went to run that "rating your computer" thing. The screen kept shutting off and coming back on with the "display driver NVIDIA Kernel something-or-other has stopped working and has recovered" being shown. Ugh, technology hates me, I swear.
Positive: 40 %

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