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#1 cdaddyd

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 09:09 PM

For some reason my pc runs fine but as soon as I try to play a movie off of my movie HD usage shoots through the roof and almost crashes my pc and all my other programs slow to a crawl. I have run trendmicro, adaware, spybott and spyeraser. Any ideas on how i can fix this before I reformatt. Thanks

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 09:44 PM

How much RAM does this computer have?

Edit: did you mean spybott or Spybot Search & Destroy?

Edited by oldf@rt, 04 August 2007 - 12:41 AM.

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 06:12 AM

I presume that you've got a separate HD for your movies? If so, an issue of this sort could be caused by a problem with the movie HD - or it could be caused by a lack of resources elsewhere on the computer.

I'd suggest opening Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and looking at the Performance tab when this happens. See if you can tell what component is being hogged as the system slows down.

You can also go to the Processes tab in Task Manager. Then click on the View menu, then on Select Columns, the put a checkmark next to IO Reads, then click OK to exit the dialog. Then watch the CPU, Memory, and IO Reads column for excessive use as the system slows.
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Posted 06 August 2007 - 08:47 PM

Thanks guys! And yes i meant spybot search and destroy. And at this time I am only using 512 MB of memory. I will try the sugestion on the task manager. I was thinking maybe some problem with my movie hd as well. Because it will slow down some on when I am messing around on my main drive but, I have my spare hd split into seperate partions.
1- Photos
2- Music
3-Movies

It seems to only slow down when I use my movie portion of that hd. So we'll see. Thanks again for the help.

Edited by cdaddyd, 06 August 2007 - 08:48 PM.


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Posted 06 August 2007 - 08:56 PM

more than likely, it's the memory. get a 1gb stick and i bet it runs fine.

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 09:02 PM

AH Ha said the oldf@rt! move one of the lagging movies to the C Drive and see how if plays there. Please let us know.

Movies can be quite cpu intensive, plus the added load of having them on a separate hard drive may be causing the issue, especially if this is an IDE drive, or on the cable with the optical drive.
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