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Windows Explorer very slow

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#1 3pinespro


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Posted 24 February 2010 - 08:47 PM

For about the last week or so, when I go to "My Computer" to open various drives, I have to wait about 15 seconds while I watch the flashlight go back and forth. Once I'm in a drive that I've selected, I can go from folder to folder normally with no hesitation. As soon as I go back to the main My Computer area, I have to wait again. I've cleaned out all of the temp files, defragged all of the drives, and ran "Spybot - Search and Destroy". It still has the problem, though.

Also, just recently, one of my video production applications won't open .wmv files! I have to convert them to mp3's to work with the audio. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the app but no change.

I also forgot to mention that one of the drives recently failed. I had an error message a couple of times about a couple bad sectors and now the computer sees the drive but shows nothing on it and I can't access it.

Any ideas?

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Home built computer using ASUS AMD board and Phenom quad core processor, 8G of ram (but only seems to be reading 3Gig).

Edited by 3pinespro, 24 February 2010 - 08:54 PM.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 11:25 PM

I also forgot to mention that one of the drives recently failed.

I'd start with removing it.

8G of ram (but only seems to be reading 3Gig).

If 32-bit system, it's normal.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 08:35 AM

Remove the failed drive, then upgrade to a 64bit OS or else your 8Gigs of RAM is going to waste.

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