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Erratic behavior in XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Amadeus72, Jan 21, 2007.

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  1. Amadeus72

    Amadeus72 Thread Starter

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    Hello there, my first post here :)

    Ok let's get on with it.

    I have seen this subject on a couple of other threads on other websites, but i haven't figured out a way to salvation yet.

    I just bought a new PC...

    I get erratic mouse movement and sound is choppy most of the time. At the same time, i noticed that it does that when my drive light (orange) blinks. Looks like it's doing something but it's hard to say. Booting up takes a little too much time i think, installing software also.

    That blinking light thing doesn't always happen, but is mostly always triggered by opening or closing a window, software...etc. And when it does, it stays blinking for a good while.

    When i watch the drive light, everytime i see it blink (even when idle, it blinks every 2 secs), i get a chop in sound, mouse movement, overall performance.

    I remember having the same problem at work a while ago, and the tech guy had made it all better (to my amazement) in very little time and effort. Sadly I can't remember what it was. Maybe just a setting on the HD or a memory thing, i don't know.

    I tried installing the video drivers and sound drivers.

    Win XP professional 2002 SP2(french version)
    Intel Pentium PD CPU 3.20GHz
    (Supposedly a PD 945 LGA775 Dual-Core)
    2 Gig Ram
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS
    Realtek High Definition Audio

    ANY help would be appreciated,

    Thanks
     
  2. steven1350

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    Sounds like you are having lots of trouble. Since you are saying the hard drive is always busy, and the system is laggy, I suspect the hard drive is the main problem here.

    First, run a chkdisk (myComputer>(right-click the drive)>properties>tool>error checking
    Also run a disk defragmentation.

    The hard drive could be causing your system to be sluggish because windows relies on it for its virtual memory.

    If the above steps don't work, try returning your pc to where you bought it from. Since you said it was new, I should still be under some type of a warrenty, so it can proboly be repaired for free.

    Best of luck,
    steven1350
     
  3. zbd21

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