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Slow Boot & Whirring Noise

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#1 Da` Rudster

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:13 PM

Good Day,

I have been experiencing slow boot-up for some time now and it seems to be getting worst. Subsequent to running an online Active Scan (Panda) for the better part of yesterday as directed by DASOS, I am now experiencing a loud whirring noise especially when the system is 'fetching' an application. Honestly, based on the noise sounding like a definite spinning sound, I suspect it may be my Hard Drive.

My questions relating to both the slow boot-up and this new noise are:

1) Are there any configuration problems that may be causing this issue, and how/where can I address this?

2) Is there a site (or utility) where I can benchmark my particular hard drive to evaluate if it is performing correctly?

3) Is there a site (or utility) where I can benchmark my particular CPU (processor) to evaluate if it to is performing correctly?

4) Outside of the noise possibly coming from the hard drive (or maybe the CPU fan), is there anything else you can suggest that may be the culprit?

Soonest assistance appreciated.

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#2 DaChew


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Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:22 PM

You need to isolate the source of the sound first, power down the computer and open the case, leave it where you can inspect it and still turn it back on?

This is relatively hard to do as it's a chore to pinpoint where the sound is coming from?

If it is the hard drive, have you run disk cleanup and defragged on a regular schedule?

If the inside is dirty, it will need to be cleaned.

Benchmarks are dangerous with sick computers! Give it a tune up first. You don't take your car out for a test run without changing the oil.

Edited by DaChew, 02 March 2008 - 12:24 PM.


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#3 garmanma


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Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:44 PM

After you've done what DaChew suggest, while you still have the side off, look at the drive and see who the mfg. is. Go to their support site and in the driver and download section they should have a diagnostic tool you can use to see if the drive is failing
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