I have a problem with a friends pc that is driving me mad
The hard drive is permanantly busy and as a result is taking a good ten minutes to boot and when it has booted it runs like a dog. I assumed it was malware but after running the usual Spybot, Adaware etc and posting a hijack this log it is clean.
The PC is an Evesham shuttle and has a 3gig cpu a gig of memory and an onboard radeon 9100 vid card. Apparently the fault first occured when he was running a virus scan, (Norton), where the resolution dropped to it's lowest settings and an error popped up saying the video card has failed. I ran a virus scan too and got the same message but let it continue scanning just in case. A reboot cured the vid card fault and control panel shows no issues. I have downloaded some drivers but not installed them yet as I don't think the card is the problem. When system is running task manager looks fairly normal - no cpu or memory hogs - but the hard drive is constantly grinding. There is a huge amount of software installed on this machine and Something called Norton Go Back, which is new to me. I assume it is a snazzier version of system restore. I have tried starting in safe mode but only gets as far as ATISGKAF.SYS and stops. After some googling this points to the vid card s/w, but would that make the hdd chunder? Sure this whole problem is Norton based but my friends daughter is getting married today so he will not be contactable. Guess I'm second guessing myself but wondered if you guys had seen similar problems or whether I am in fact wrong about Norton. Apologies for the long winded post but tried to get everything in.. Any thoughts or ideas on this welcomed..