What are the first steps for diagnosing a slow machine?
So I received this HP Desktop at work, running WindowsXP SP3, specs are good enough for XP, with a good video card:
video: radeon HD 4550
CPU: E8500 3.2Ghz
I don't have admin privs on this machine.
The problem is ever since I got it, it's running intermittently slow. It'd run fine for about 10-30 seconds, then everything freeze for 3-5 seconds, then run fine again for another 10-30 seconds and it goes on like this forever. This happens no matter what I do, even when I don't open anything. The CPU usage during the whole time would stay below 5% and no noticeable process is using any CPU. I have the following programs staying in memory:
* Symantec endpoint protection (corporate AV software, I can't disable due to privs)
* Adobe application updater
* Privacy Icon Client from intel (some corporate software)
Any ideas what could be causing this?