5 – 4 – 3 – 2- 1 Bingo! The computer to begin to crawl.
The mouse pointer began to lag behind the mouse. There’s an interesting connect here because you feel something you’re really not feeling! Then audio came out as if a 78 rpm record was playing at 33 rpm (old reference–I know).
When something like this happens Google is your friend. If you can enter the right terms you’ll find someone else who’s felt your pain and, hopefully, found the solution.
I could find nothing!
The problem doesn’t come on at boot. It waits before happening.
Maybe it was a problem with Windows 7? I reformatted the hard drive and loaded Windows XP SP3. Time consuming, but painless. I’ve installed and re-installed this OS dozens of times.
Things started fine but withing a few minutes I realized I’d pissed away my time. The machine was crawling.
I think (but still am not sure) the problem is an internal card reader bought for under $10 on eBay.
Once I get this problem stabilized and eliminated I can begin to optimize the BIOS and get this thing screaming. I did run a short benchmark and the results were stunningly fast.
A few more days–I hope.