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SLUdubya
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Registered: ‎07-16-2008
Location: St. Louis, MO
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CRITICAL - extremely poor performance after XP downgrade

Not the most tech saavy person, but capable enough. Purchased Lenovo Y510 w/ Vista HP and XP Pro OEM. Need XP for current server compatibility at my office, so did research and successfully downgraded to XP Pro SP3. I'm experiencing serious performance issues which I believe to be related to the Pentium Dual-Core CPU.

1) while startup is lightening quick and without issue, application opening/switching is impossibly slow

2) there is no indication that any of my applications are taxing my processor (ie., no blinking "busy" LED)

 

I have read other posts and extrapolated some troubleshooting efforts, including updating the BIOS, but to no avail. Please advise!

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Re: CRITICAL - extremely poor performance after XP downgrade

Blinking led is for HDD activity, not CPU one. Check please in task manager if CPU load is near 100% while performing actions you mentioned as "slow" and tell here.
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SLUdubya
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Re: CRITICAL - extremely poor performance after XP downgrade

I'm hard pressed to get the CPU usage near 100% - even while my applications are "frozen" or won't open altogether, the CPU usage never spikes above 60% - and during these periods of inactivity, its at or near 0%
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Re: CRITICAL - extremely poor performance after XP downgrade

Try copying some files - doesn't matter which and where. Main idea is to make HDD work. During the copy process check CPU utilization.
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SLUdubya
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Re: CRITICAL - extremely poor performance after XP downgrade

did so - copied 4 files totaling appx. 12 mb from network drive to hard disk partition - CPU usage never exceeded 15%
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Re: CRITICAL - extremely poor performance after XP downgrade

I suggested corrupted HDD controller but it seems to be wrong search branch... Just for case - delete SATA ontroller in device manager and reboot. Is there anything marked yellow in device manager?
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