posted on May, 3 2012 @ 10:36 PM
Defragment your hard drive, do a chkdsk, make sure there are no additional services running (like search index, gah useless if there ever was a
service, unless you are using a computer in a public area, YOU should know where your files are M$...), mat, it could be anything.
But I can tell you a P4 is literally, if you want car comparisons, running a car from 1940 on a modern highway. The modern highway is made for cars
that can run at the speed limit or faster.
Anything slower, and you're going to get obnoxious people beeping at you, waving the bird, etc, as they fly past you (ie; the content on the web
these days is not made for low end machines, it's all about as much flash content as possible, and even some new devices have issues with the cpu
intensive flash media, sure cheap things, but... not 12 years or more old).
If you don't want to upgrade, the best solution by far is to reinstall windows. You're using W7 on a p4 ? Oo well I guess it ran slightly ok on a p4
laptop I had that was as old as the hills, but I certainly would never have used that as my main pc. It was a remote connection thing at best.
If all you do is online chess, vlc and ats, go ubuntu, or any of the decent and FAST small footprint linux distros.
By far more efficient than Windows. A small learning curve, but not hard.
Heck, even my ancient Quad core q6600 slugs out on some web pages, sickening the psychology of marketing web designers have, throwing as much bull
crap into a web page to sell it, when all you want is the text.