Thanks for all the help I've had from this forum so far.\nBut, now I have a problem (or collection of problems) that I think may\nfinally be terminal.\n\nfirst up - the terminology may be a bit unenlightened here, bear with me.\n\nSystem - Tiny P4 1300, 40 Gb HDD, 128 ram, running xp pro (originally Win Me\nbut problems date back farther than install of xp). The computer is less\nthan 3 years old.\n\nSymptoms\n1. Computer now takes between 5-7 minutes to boot. By "boot" I mean to load\nwindows. When i start it up it beeps once, goes to the "Tiny" screen and\nstays there for 5 mins. Then it will either -\n\na) Continue to load windows, or\nb) give me an error, something along the lines of System Disk Failure, boot\nfrom Atapi CD-Rom - press any key. pressing "any key" does nothing and I\nhave to turn it off completely and start again. After a couple of attempts\nit usually loads windows.\n\n2. When and if the machine starts it has become so excruciatingly slow at\ndoing things. The windows start-up music is fragmented and sounds like it is\nbattling to play at all. Opening an application such as OE takes longer than\nit should (about 30 secs). However, once its up and running everything is\nfine unless I open more than say 2 applications at once. I can play mp3 ok\nthru Winamp, but if I try to open something else the sound will stutter and\nstop. Is this a ram issue?\n\n3. Sometimes, there is a "buzzing" sound on a mouse scroll or other\nactivity - hard drive dying?\n\n4. The Matshita CD writer has given up the ghost. I can't burn any CD's.\nHaven't a clue why, but I've had my fair share of discs off it (500 maybe)\n\n5. There are not loads of programmes installed so I don't think its bogged\ndown with software. The hard disk gets a fairly regular de-frag, all the\ntemp stuff gets cleaned out regularly too.\n\nAnyone care to speculate?