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Slow Speed and Hard Disk LED "Stuck" on...

I recently restored the above machine from the supplied bakup CD's, reinstalled all of my software, and the Windows patches from MS Update. The machine was giving the performance I would expect. I went to use it for the first time today, and its running incredibly slowly, and the hard disk activity led appears to be almost permenantly on. Which is the problem that prompted the rebuild in the first place! I've checked the virtual memory settings, and there is plenty of headroom there. DXDIAG reports its a Mobile AMD Athlon 2200+ approx 790Mhz, 446Mb RAM, Page file 225Mb used, 1501Mb available. Windows XP Home (5.1 build 2600).

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  • Sigurd Oct 04, 2007

    Ok, have done a Bluehammer suggested; chkdsk only took 24hrs (on a 20Gb disk) to run, and it found nothing wrong.
    I played with the registry, and ran a virus check, drivers etc all OK, but problem persists.
    Now, I had a look at the system event log, and there are some interesting entries which suggest the hard drive is shot (eg bad block reports and warnings of imminent failure!).
    So I tried to get the thing apart - anyone got a technical manual, because after removing every screw in sight, I still cant get the case apart to get at the drive?

  • Sigurd Oct 04, 2007

    Forget what I said about extracting the hard disk - it helps if I looked at the user guide!
    Waiting for a new disk and see what happens.

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From the performance stats of your PC it seem like your setup is showing time. Hard Disk drives have life in hourly usage called MTBF(mean time between failures). I've recently had a laptop drive start making sounds and giving me the FOUND.001 errors which led me to believe that the there are bad sectors. I had to backup everything do a scandisk (which looses access to bad sectors if i can read it), ran some hard disk utilities from the maker of my drive with UBCD like quick scan and full scan to find (bad sectors/errors - marks and looses access to bad sectors) and also a zero write. This gave me a clean drive with no Windows scandisk errors and hard disk utilites errors. I then rescan the drive as a full scan to make sure what is clean is reliable. I then used the hard disk manufacturers hard disk installers software (UBCD) to partition and format my refurbished drive. Next I reinstalled the Windows. Since i'm using a slipstreamed CD I'm not really stressed about the updates. I just make sure my pc has online protection and it is updated. I then re installed whatever applications and data I need.

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This may be due to the problems on the hard disk itself. I suggest you to checkdisk [chkdsk] and defrag all the drives. The other possiblity is of viruses! it is better to have a powerful antivirus software with all the latest updates to scan the computer completly. Today's trojen/horse and so called stuff is realy difficult to detect and repair. Some times we amy need to erase the whole hard drive. Another advice is that you should install the latest drivers for your hardware. Note: You can also try disabling some service that loads during windows startup. you can do this from: Right-click My computer > Properties > manage > Services or Go to Run > [type] regedit > Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL-MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run Delete the entries of programs inyour startup that you do not need. Caution: Editing the registry can cause distroy your operating system. Do it carefully.

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    Deepu Amalan Oct 02, 2007

    Also remeber that when your system automatically downloads the windows updates system will work but very slow. This may be your case.

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This has happened to me a few times and it's been posted here by others, and the one thing that is always apparent is it happens after a windows update, this may well be a generic updated driver which is not always the best driver for what you have installed or it could be a programme that has not installed correctly especially windows genuine advantage. I would do a system restore to a point before the windows updates, then go to Microsoft updates yourself and manually install the updates that windows says you require one at at time until the same thing happens, although it may not as it may be the fact that there are too many updates trying to be processed at the same time causing the lag and permanant HD led light.

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How do i reformat my pc?



Hi,

This is a pretty drastic process and takes several hours. If you have system slow downs and ongoing bugs you may be able to repair with software tools (see here), however that said, on with the show.

The procedure will decimate the data on your C: drive, so it's crucial that you back up all the data you don't want to lose.

Don't forget items like e-mail data and address books (see: How to backup e-mail.). Back up all your documents including your "My Documents" folder and all the data you've stored on your Windows Desktop which you'll find in c:\Windows\Desktop or c:\Windows\Profiles\<yourname>\desktop, where <yourname> is your Windows log-on.

Don't worry about backing up programs that you can reinstall later, unless you want a complete backup of your C: drive in the event of a problem.

Now, create a boot disk. Creating a Windows 98 boot disk is easy. If Windows 98 came factory-installed with your machine then one may have been supplied with your documentation. If not, you can create one through the Control Panel. In Windows, go to Add/Remove Programs and click the "StartUp Disk" tab and click the "Create Disk" button. It will create a boot disk on a blank floppy for you with CD-ROM support.

This is important, as you'll need access to your CD-ROM drive to do a new Windows98 install.

Once the boot disk is created, test it to see if you can access your CD-ROM drive. To do this reboot the machine with the floppy disk in the floppy drive and when the machine restarts choose "Start with CD-ROM support".

At the prompt type d: and hit the Enter key. If the machine responds with D:\> you are in business.

Next type "format c:" without the quotes (and hit ENTER).

The C: drive (main hard drive) will then be wiped clean.

Once the reformat is finished put your Windows CD-ROM disk in the CD-ROM drive, and type "D:\setup" at the prompt.

Once Windows is finished installing, reinstall your backup software and restore your data to the hard drive.

Good luck!
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My laptop is running too slow.


Hi.

The most common reason for a computer running slow is insufficient RAM memory.
Check specifications on manufacturer website to find out the kind of memory supported and the maximum RAM allowed.

A computer running Windows Vista should have at least 2 GB to run smoothly.

Increase the RAM, if RAM available is no more than 512MB, then it must be surely and immediately upgraded.

Check also your hard drive free space. If you have less than 1GB free space on hard disk, Windows will have to write continuously virtual memory pages to hard disk, and that will slow down the processing speed. Also check fragmentation. Files pieces may be distributed in different areas of the hard disk, resulting in slower reading speed.
Go to
Start>>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defregmenter and do a Defrag of the hard disk if needed.

If you have at least 1 GB RAM on XP or Linux, and 2 GB on Vista, and you took care of your hard drive, then you can check the processes that are starting up automatically and remove the useless one, or spot malaware that can affect speed. You can use a software like Hijack This, and search on google te function of each process started on the list reported by the software.

You can download Hijack this here MajorGeeks | If download does not start, then click at the top of the page, where it says Click Here If It Does Not.
Be careful if you delete the wrong files using this software you can harm the system, and Windows may not work properly.

If you think you have malaware you can also install Spy Bot, and do a system scan. Download Spybot from The home of Spybot.

If all the above does not work, and there is no malaware, then you usually reinstall the system.

Check also the bios settings, BIOS can downgrade the CPU speed on default , even if this is uncommon on recent BIOS.

If a computer is still slow with a fresh system and enough resources then it is one of those rare occasions when you have an hardware fault.
Hardware that can cause slow down is: RAM CPU Motherboard HD Video card.

Some tips on procedure can damage your windows installation. Do not download Hijackthis software and do not change BIOS settings and do not touch hardware unless you are sure of what you are doing.

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When i turn the pc on it goes to hit f1 to cont of f2 and then it says it can not read the hard drive


First open cpu cabinet.
Then reattach both connection cable power cable and sata or ide cable to harddrive.
Then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del" key to enter in bios then check there your harddisk is detected?
If your harddisk is detected in bios you can boot your harddrive.
Let me know if you need more assistance.
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The most common reason for slow processing speed is insufficient RAM memory.

Increase the RAM, if RAM available is no more than 512MB, then it must be upgraded.

Check also your hard drive state. If you have less than 1GB free, that will slow down the system. Go to Start>>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defregmenter and do a Defrag of the hard disk.

If you have at least 1 GB RAM, and you took care of the hard drive, then you can check the process starting up on their own and remove the useless one, or spot mala-ware that can affect speed. You can use a software like Hijack This, and search on google te function of each process started on the list reported by the software.

You can download Hijack this here MajorGeeks | If download does not start, then click at the top of the page, where it says Click Here If It Does Not.
Be careful if you delete the wrong files using this software you can harm the system, and Windows may not work properly.

If you think you have malaware you can also install Spy Bot, and do a system scan. Download Spybot from The home of Spybot.

If all the above does not work, and there is no malaware, then you usually reinstall the system.

Check also the bios settings, BIOS can downgrade the CPU speed on default , even if this is uncommon on recent BIOS.

If a computer is still slow with a fresh system and enough resources then it is one of those rare occasions when you have an hardware fault.
Hardware that can cause slow down is: RAM CPU Motherboard HD Video card.

Some tips on procedure can damage your windows installation. Do not download Hijackthis software and do not change BIOS settings and do not touch hardware unless you are sure of what you are doing.

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The most common reason for slow processing speed is insufficient RAM memory.

Increase the RAM, if RAM available is no more than 512MB, then it must be upgraded.

Check also your hard drive state. If you have less than 1GB free, that will slow down the system. Go to Start>>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defregmenter and do a Defrag of the hard disk.

If you have at least 1 GB RAM, and you took care of the hard drive, then you can check the process starting up on their own and remove the useless one, or spot mala-ware that can affect speed. You can use a software like Hijack This, and search on google te function of each process started on the list reported by the software.

You can download Hijack this here MajorGeeks | If download does not start, then click at the top of the page, where it says Click Here If It Does Not.
Be careful if you delete the wrong files using this software you can harm the system, and Windows may not work properly.

If you think you have malaware you can also install Spy Bot, and do a system scan. Download Spybot from The home of Spybot.

If all the above does not work, and there is no malaware, then you usually reinstall the system.

Check also the bios settings, BIOS can downgrade the CPU speed on default , even if this is uncommon on recent BIOS.

If a computer is still slow with a fresh system and enough resources then it is one of those rare occasions when you have an hardware fault.
Hardware that can cause slow down is: RAM CPU Motherboard HD Video card.

Some tips on procedure can damage your windows installation. Do not download Hijackthis software and do not change BIOS settings and do not touch hardware unless you are sure of what you are doing.

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The most common reason for slow processing speed is insufficient RAM memory.

Increase the RAM, if RAM available is no more than 512MB, then it must be upgraded.

Check also your hard drive state. If you have less than 1GB free, that will slow down the system. Go to Start>>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defregmenter and do a Defrag of the hard disk.

If you have at least 1 GB RAM, and you took care of the hard drive, then you can check the process starting up on their own and remove the useless one, or spot mala-ware that can affect speed. You can use a software like Hijack This, and search on google te function of each process started on the list reported by the software.

You can download Hijack this here MajorGeeks | If download does not start, then click at the top of the page, where it says Click Here If It Does Not.
Be careful if you delete the wrong files using this software you can harm the system, and Windows may not work properly.

If you think you have malaware you can also install Spy Bot, and do a system scan. Download Spybot from The home of Spybot.

If all the above does not work, and there is no malaware, then you usually reinstall the system.

Check also the bios settings, BIOS can downgrade the CPU speed on default , even if this is uncommon on recent BIOS.

If a computer is still slow with a fresh system and enough resources then it is one of those rare occasions when you have an hardware fault.
Hardware that can cause slow down is: RAM CPU Motherboard HD Video card.

Some tips on procedure can damage your windows installation. Do not download Hijackthis software and do not change BIOS settings and do not touch hardware unless you are sure of what you are doing.

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The most common reason for slow processing speed is insufficient RAM memory.

Increase the RAM, if RAM available is no more than 512MB, then it must be upgraded.

Check also your hard drive state. If you have less than 1GB free, that will slow down the system. Go to Start>>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defregmenter and do a Defrag of the hard disk.

If you have at least 1 GB RAM, and you took care of the hard drive, then you can check the process starting up on their own and remove the useless one, or spot mala-ware that can affect speed. You can use a software like Hijack This, and search on google te function of each process started on the list reported by the software.

You can download Hijack this here MajorGeeks | If download does not start, then click at the top of the page, where it says Click Here If It Does Not.
Be careful if you delete the wrong files using this software you can harm the system, and Windows may not work properly.

If you think you have malaware you can also install Spy Bot, and do a system scan. Download Spybot from The home of Spybot.

If all the above does not work, and there is no malaware, then you usually reinstall the system.

Check also the bios settings, BIOS can downgrade the CPU speed on default , even if this is uncommon on recent BIOS.

If a computer is still slow with a fresh system and enough resources then it is one of those rare occasions when you have an hardware fault.
Hardware that can cause slow down is: RAM CPU Motherboard HD Video card.

Some tips on procedure can damage your windows installation. Do not download Hijackthis software and do not change BIOS settings and do not touch hardware unless you are sure of what you are doing.

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