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Replaced Hard Drive/RAM-Now Comp is slow..>HELP!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by andjc1, Nov 22, 2005.

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  1. andjc1

    andjc1 Thread Starter

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    Hi, I had a hard drive crash that needed replacement(system could not detect hard drive at all). I replaced the hard drive and doubled my RAM from 512 to 1024. After reloading Windows XP and other programs everything has been slower, including downloading internet pages. Any suggestions/ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. natcom

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    make sure the new Hard drive you replace Primary IDE channel is setup for DMA not PIO from within windows you can check this on computer management IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers also make sure your you test your ram

    if you have 2 ram stick only boot with one ram stick at the time and test for the problem

    there is also software you can use to test for bad ram like http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp
     
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    I checked Primary IDE Channels in my Device Manager, under Advanced settings it shows Transfer Mode to be "DMA if possible" on both.

    Can I disable one stick at a time or do I need to physically remove it?
     
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    I ran the Windows Memory Diagnostic twice and it detected no problems...
     
  5. Colossus610

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    You can start by turning the computer off, removing the RAM you added then restarting and if the problem persists, the RAM has been ruled out as a cause.

    Also, if you replaced the hard drive, make sure the new drive ha the correct jumper configuration, I have seen particularly Western Digitals, that if the jumpers are not set exactly as the hardware is configured, it will cause a slow system.

    Example, on WD drives, if you have the jumper on the "Master" pins as read by the silk screening on the board, it is actually "master with slave present", so the system flips out, thinking there is a second drive somewhere. On WD drives, removing the jumper altogether sets it as a single drive.(if it is the only hard drive present on the IDE cable)

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    Even though the one on the bottom circuit board says only master, it is actually "Master with slave present", it still confuses me sometimes, this issues sometimes affects many different manufacturers, so make sure you set the jumpers right.
     
  6. natcom

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    physically remove it
     
  7. Colossus610

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    We don't know if he only has ONE hard drive
     
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    We don't know if he only has ONE hard drive, or if it's the sole device on that cable.
     
  9. natcom

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    im talking about the Ram
     
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