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Old 22nd January, 2005, 05:35 AM
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Exclamation Pc Gone Bad...HELP!

guys my pc is screwed up.. u know the noise that comes from ur comp when its opening something etc.? its like that none stop! everything is slow! i have 28 procceses and its like that... when windows starts it has 40 procceses... wuts going on? i need help! i cant even play Counter-Strike 1.6. HELP!
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Old 22nd January, 2005, 06:20 AM
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u know the noise that comes from ur comp when its opening something etc.?
You mean HDD noise?

does it seem that when ever you start something the computer is outreageously slow, but once it is loaded into mainmemory it perks up? If that is the case it is your HDD going south.

Try disabling the virtual memory and see if it helps with operations once things are loasded into main memory but slows down when accessing the HDD.
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Old 22nd January, 2005, 08:51 PM
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yes im talking about the HDD noise... it wont stop, and keeps on going on and on... whats this thing u said about it going south? and how do i do what you said about the memory stuff? im gana defragment it and see if that fixes the problem since disk keeper says the reliability is critical.
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Old 22nd January, 2005, 10:44 PM
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defragmenting fixed it.. now that the problem is fixed, is there a way to lower the sound of the HDD? also these are my HDD stats is it any good? lol:
Maximum Capacity of 40.0 GB
Ultra ATA/100
128 Kb Cache Buffer
4,500 RPM
12 ms average seek time
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Old 23rd January, 2005, 01:37 AM
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what make and model is it? hitachis feature tool can be used to set a hdd AAM to lowe levels if the drive supports AAM, this only turns down the head noise though, the noise of the disk spinning can't be altered just made less of a problem with correct decoupling and an insulated case.
http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm
you want the feature tool.
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Old 23rd January, 2005, 01:40 AM
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its a maxtor quantumfireball Lct20, but my pc is still lacking performance.
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Old 23rd January, 2005, 01:47 AM
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turning down the AAM setting will slow the drive down slightly (if it even supports AAM) it's not a huge drop and it's mostly in seek times and dealing with lots of small transfers
I recomend downloading ultimate boot cd, it has the feature tool and it's a useful thing to have anyway, it will tell you if your drive supports AAM or not.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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If you have atleast 512mb of ram try this and see if changes your problem.

Right click on my computer. Left click on properties.

click the advanced tab. In ther box marked performance click the settings button.

then click the advaced tab, now in the box marked virtual memory click the change button.

Now in that box it is probibly checked as System managed. It should be set on custom size with the min and max set to the same value, 768 is what I have mine set at. For now go ahead and check the box no pagging file.

Then click set and then ok, ok your way all the way out. It will give you a warning message and ask you to reboot. Reboot and see how the computer acts. If it seems smoother then all of a sudden almost but not quite freezes for a few seconds then returns to normal, that would point to a HDD that is going bad.

If that doesn't affect the performance at all go back and change your virtuall memory back to a set value.

Also, Have you run an updated virus scan and spyware scan? If not do so. If you don't already have anti virus or anti spyware programs go and download and install and update and run Grisoft AVG and AdAware, they are both free.
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Old 23rd January, 2005, 04:34 AM
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guys thanks for trying to help but i fixed the problem. two days ago i formated my hard drive and reinstalled xp. some how it didnt instal correctly i even remember asking my self why the setup didnt go through some of the steps it usualy goes through. a few hourse ago when i tried to change a setting it said i have administrative rights and all this other crap. so i quickly formated my HDD and reinstaled XP. now my pc is back to normal.
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Old 23rd January, 2005, 04:43 AM
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I love a happy ending
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Old 23rd January, 2005, 04:58 AM
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u think thats a happy ending? lol. i have to re download and instal all updates ,sp1a, drivers and Half Life 2. HL2 has 5 CDs and when its done instaling i have to wait like 1 hour for all the file to get decrypt...
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Old 23rd January, 2005, 05:07 AM
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Happier than the alternitive, which would be to have to do everything you just said plus fork out for a new HDD
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Old 23rd January, 2005, 05:21 AM
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lets just call it an indifferant ending
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