WHY DO I GET LAGS WHEN I PLAY GAMES ON MY SYSTEM?

Question

this is a wierd probeblem i'm having. please if you can stay with me on this it would help me greatly. i purchased a hp pc and put it into a antec case. the computer is running great for like almost a year now. every now and then i open the pc and cleen it out the dust. it runs great every time. but the other day i did it i rebooted the pc and it dident start normally. the noise comming from the hard drive olmost sounded like a cd-rom trying to read a scrached cd. all the plugs are connected correctly. for like 3 days the pc dident want to start up. i did everythin i could in some cases i would get the the message (error reading d partition) i gess it was for rebooting. its funny it like chooses. i noticed my pc now laggs in most 3d games i play. never did this before.the computer runs great but its the games it cant handle anymore no clue whats going on here. it might be the hard drive or the video card. i never had probeblems with my nvidia 5200 never gave me probeblems till i cleaned it last. i know its the lower end card by them but never had probeblems before. i took it out and wen i booted the pc back up withe the card in the pc it started but no vidieo. i finally got it to work. but the games lagg alot but its funny theres no certian time it laggs whenever it wants its wired. during when it laggs if i hit alt-ctrl-del and minamize the game and then bring the game bak up it runs fine for like a nother 3 mins this is verry wierd please if u can help me it would be great

thanks

James..

Answer

This question was answered on December 15, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

THERE ARE THREE DISTINCT POSSIBILITIES, ONE IT IS THE VIDEO CARD, BUT AS THE USER DESCRIBED, A PROBLEM ONLY AROSE AFTER A FINAL CLEANING OF THE COMPUTER THE SECOND POSSIBILITY IS LOW RAM, BUT MORE LIKELY THAN NOT, THE HARD DRIVE IS STARTING TO FAIL(AS WITNESSED BY THE SCRATCHED CD NOISE) THE ONLY SOLUTION WOULD BE TO BACK UP YOUR FILES AND REPLACE THE DRIVE

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 15, 2003