OK I have a desktop with a strange problem. When I turn it on and windows starts, it takes forever to load. Now, before you jump to a conclusion, the hard drive light isn't blinking or anything. I mean, it blinks for a while, then stops, and the sign "Windows is starting up" is displayed for like 3 minutes. Then, after logging on, the hard drive is actively starting everything up, takes like 2 minutes--nothing unusual, but then everything starts lagging once I start clicking around through different programs. I want to emphasize that it's not the typical hard drive lag--the hard drive is like idle for all I can tell. Then everything just goes to a standstill and the computer is inoperable, not frozen, just useless. Is it a virus, or too much accumulated dust, a hard drive problem, or some software issue?
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8/3/05 at 1:32pm