Posted 10 April 2010 - 03:50 PM
Probably a really simple question with a really simple answer, but ???? I can usually sort out the problems on my own, but I am not sure about this one.
I have a Compaq Presario with a 2.93 gHz Celeron processor, 1 GB RAM, running Windows XP Home Service Pack 3. I have an Intel Ultra ATA controller and Intel Bus adapters. I use AVG Free Anti virus, Spybot S&D, and Comodo Firewall. I use Firefox and Chrome browsers. I have used Start up Inspector for Windows and the only programs that auto load on start up (other than Windows files) are my firewall, anti-spyware and 1 anti-malware (Spybot S&D), Java Updater, Google Updater, hpsysdrv, Site Advisor, ctfmon.exe and NvCplDaemon.
The front light that indicates that the HD is reading/writing is constantly flickering, which has only been occuring that week or two. During that this time the system also seems to be performing slower than previously. When the performance has gotten really bad I have opened Windows Task Manager (which takes longer than normal) and it shows only the program I am running, but also shows 90-100% processor usage. This usually occurs when online, but even after a page a page has fully loaded processor usage stays at 90-100%
I run a anti-virus scan daily, have also manually ran one in safe mode. I have ran scans with Spybot S&D, Malwarebites and Superantispyware in both regular and safe modes with nothing out of the ordinary. I also ran a test with KL detector with no abnormal results. While checking System Properties in control panel, I noted under Device Manager - Hardware showed a new entry. The last entry (the new one) in the list is titled "Unknown" and lists Intel 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller, Primary IDE Channel and Secondary IDE Channel. Under the "Storage Devices" section it lists four Generic Volumes.
Could these problems be caused by a corrupted Intel controller file? If so, to repair this, will I have to totally reinstall Windows XP or is there a less time consuming (but just as effective) fix? If not a corrupted file, any ideas what could be the problem.
Any assistance would be appreciated.