Originally Posted by redphyve
1. Check that WindowsXP, any firewalls and AV programs are installed and patched up to date. Make sure you're protected BEFORE going online. Make a System Restore Point NOW, so if anything gets borked, you can restore.
2. Download 3DMark05 and 06 and run them to establish baseline.
3. Install latest chipset and graphics-card drivers.
4. Run 3DMark05 and 06 to see if there was any improvement.
5. Defrag and defrag...