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Slow response time. Videos stutter. Slow startup.


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#1 ervinshoes

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 02:40 PM

Hello,

I am experiencing a very frustrating scenario on my machine.
It started out of the blue. I have dial up still and I hardly ever
get on the internet. maybe only an occasional Google search.
It started during a period in which I had not been on the web for at least a week.
*When I click on a folder it stalls and then opens after a few seconds.
*Videos played off my hard drive stutter.
*Startup takes longer than usual.
*Basically, any task I try to perform is stalled.

I have performed the following actions:
ScanDisk
Checkdisk
Defrag
Ran Malwarebytes in Safe Mode and Standard
Ran Super Anti Spyware in Safe Mode and Standard
Ran Hijack This
I have checked programs running on Startup and cleaned that out.
I have 90GB of free space and 1GB of Ram.

I also have done in depth research into the DMA/PIO
possibility.
I am showing UDMA 5 for my HDD, and DMA for my CD/DVD.
It never displayed PIO at all anywhere. However, the symptoms
associated with a HDD reverting back to PIO match what I am seeing.
Is it possible to be in PIO mode, even though it displays DMA?

I am at a loss for what it could be...Please help...Any help would be appreciated greatly.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:36 PM

This may be irrelevant but when was the last time you changed the MB battery? I have had a lot of machine and still do, when the battery is dying funny things can happen. I sure looks like you have covered all the other bases!!

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 08:05 AM

Phil-

Thanks for the response.

The PC is only 2 years old. Would the battery expire that quick?

Ryan

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 09:02 AM

Usually not but you never know, I get about three years out of a battery. I am not sure if it has anything to do with up time, I think the battery only uses its power when the machine is off to maintain settings. It was just a thought and a simple thing to try, the batteries run about $3 very easy to change.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:18 AM

Will settings be lost when I swap out the battery?

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:28 AM

Will settings be lost when I swap out the battery?


No the board will go to default, but only if you have changed anything. Most of us leave the settings as is there is no real need to ever change them.

Unplug the power open the case ground your bare skin against the metal of the case, I use a tooth pick to raise one edge then slide it out of its clip.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:37 AM

Thanks...I'll try it tonight and report back tomorrow with my findings.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:11 AM

Well...I swapped out the battery.
Nothing changed. It still has the same problems.

I reinstalled Windows and did a complete reformat.
It came up fresh and new, but it still has the same
symptoms.

Now, on top of all that, every time I reboot, I get
the "Disk Boot Failure" message.

I grabbed another hard drive that I know is functioning properly
and plugged it in to my PC, hoping to narrow it down to a faulty
hard drive. But even with a good hard drive connected, it still
displayed the "Disk Boot Failure" message.

Suggestions?

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:18 AM

Not sure this will work but worth a try, did you after reloading go back into the bios and set the C: to be the boot drive or is it still set to the CD?

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:24 AM

Yes, I went back into Boot settings and changed it back to
Hard Drive Boot...

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:32 AM

Did you do a full format of the drive? Maybe something was left behind! This will take a finer mind then me!!

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:38 AM

yeah, i did a total reformat and it came up fine after the Install
was done. However, the same symptoms were there that were
there before.

Like I said earlier, after restarting a couple times and everything restarting
fine, out of the blue, it began to give me the "Disk Boot Failure" message.

I am guessing it is hardware related...motherboard maybe?

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:50 AM

One thing to try that has worked a couple of times over the years, power down open the case, ground your self to eliminate static electricity. Pull all connections apart and re seat them, that includes ram sticks IE everything that can be unplugged and replugged. It is possible a connection is or has failed.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 09:31 AM

Thanks Phil.

I'll try that tonight and see what happens.




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