I have an Optiplex G620 desktop that I’ve owned for about 4 years that I bought primarily to do video editing. I outfitted it with a video card, IEEE port and 4 megs of RAM. When my other computer died it became my main computer about a year ago.
For the last several months (particularly the last 3) I’ve noticed that it has slowed down drastically. This is particularly true when trying to open or close emails or to move emails from one folder to the next. I originally thought that functions involving transferring files in general were also slow and I replaced my hard drive with a new Terabyte HD and have selectively reloaded Google Chrome and my video editing software. The problem also occurs with Internet Explorer.
While I don’t notice that moving files are slow I still have problems with email and it is a little slow when accessing websites. When I’m opening email I actually get an error message sometimes as it is taking forever to load “No data received. Unable to load webpage because server sent no data”. I hooked up my laptop using Ethernet (the desktop is directly connected to the gateway (modem + router) and have played around with plugging the desktop into different router ports and while the laptop works well either by wi-fi or by Ethernet the desktop crawls. I then took my desktop over to my friend’s house and plugged it into his router (to minimize the possibility that an network adapter card or a block in my Norton Firewall access) to see if I still had the problem. The problem is gone there. I changed the Ethernet cable (no change). I checked to see if the DNS was the same on both computers when they were connected to the router (they were).
Other info is the fact that Comcast replaced my old Motorolla modem with an Arris gateway about 3 mos ago. It’s possible that is about when the problem began. So I cleared the IP settings and then restored them.