Sorry, DSL was down a few days...here are the specs I should have included in my first post, and thank you for all who have replied....sorry I could not re-edit the first post to include the info.
VERY LOUD TOWER SOUNDS, PROBABLY FROM THE HARD DRIVE, NOT THE SYSTEM FANS.
[ DELL Dimension 4600 XP PRO / Pentium 4 / 2.80 GHz
512 MB Ram / Nvidia GeForce FX5200 / Creative SB Live]
Hello, a friend of mine has this Dell, that sounds like the tower is ready for takeoff. He says it gets louder when the room gets warmer, but I think it's the HDD. Thatâ€™s one issue.
He ran the disc cleanup, defragged the system, emptied temp internet files, and dumped his Bearshare browser..??? Donâ€™t ask. Ran the anti-virus utility and found nothing, emptied his recycle bin, so when I go back over there I'm going to download and run the Malwarebytes utility, not that this will fix the slowness of this old computer, but may help a little with other issues. He also tells me he has about 65 processes running on startup in the windows task manager. I know there are mandatory startup files you need to start the computer, but he needs to shut a lot of them down, and that are not necessary
Where is the best place to edit which programs to use at startup only? I went to C:/ >Startup Menu> Programs> Startup, but there is nothing there.
OR do I have to go to Task Manager and Manually END PROCESS or END TASK each program every time I start the computer?
He no doubt, is in need of a new computer, but being that Dell is a proprietary system, updating the processor or adding more ram is probably a counter productive measure. Iâ€™m just trying to help speed up is online and windows function ability. His dad tells him itâ€™s all those Jpgs, mp3 files, and e-mailsâ€¦I had to laugh, E-mails are not stored on the HDD, and the storage is not the problem, itâ€™s got to be something with WINDOWS.
That loud sound emitting from his tower could signal that the hard drive is ready to go out, and not necessarily the heat causing the constant loud sound.
I went over there yesterday, I restarted it and got this RUNDLL C:/windows/sys32 ### file missing. Asked if he had the DELL XP Disc to try to use the repair utility, but he thought he never got one. Iâ€™m not sure if a disc even comes with these Dells.
With this DLL Dynamic Library error message popping up each time he reboots, and the fact that when you click on Internet Explorer, it takes a minute or two to open up, or any other tasks moving around windows, takes too much time to reactâ€¦ Iâ€™m thinking itâ€™s more a windows O.S. problem, or a corrupted registry, or whatever, causing that machine to continuously hang and acting unresponsive.
Before itâ€™s too late, I told him to back up all the data onto a few DVDâ€™s.
Thanks for any help or ideas! He can not afford a new computer, so I told him I would try to help him and his wife out the best I could. What are friends for anyway?