Why is my PC is slowing down when I'm play my games?

Question

Recently i've been having some serious issues on my computer.

For about 2 months my computer was working flawlessly, running all sorts of games without any issues at all. As well as playing games i download alot of files using kazaa lite. One day i noticed in my games things started to slow down. Once in a while the game would freeze up and take about 5 seconds to start going again. Then a week later the problem got worse and this freeze up in games started happening more often. Now i can't play any of the following games because it freezes as soon as they start, moves for a second then freezes again and so on.

Warcraft 3, Command and Conquer Generals, Battlefield 1942, possibly some others but those are the main three concerning me. Games that still work fine are counter-strike and tribes 2 though.

To fix it i've tried everything i could think of, ran virus checks, (found 1 virus which i got rid of), defragged my hard drive, deleted excess games i wasn't playing anymore, surface scanning. I also reinstalled my GeForce4 4200 ti's drivers for windows xp. Didn't do anything either.

I'm really out of idea's on this one, so please help me out!

Answer

This question was answered on April 22, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I think the reason for your sluggish PC is first you probably need more RAM in you PC, RAM equals speed and when you play these complicated games they require alot of RAM to run properly Second I think you have taken up too much space on your hard drive, there something called a swap file in your PC, this is hard drive space that acts like RAM, every PC has a swap file and needs a swap file, if your hard drive is too full you run the risk of not leaving enough room for your swap file to work properly I would recommend installing more RAM and deleting those files from Kazaa, I sure they take up alot of space.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 22, 2003