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Solved: Hard Drive Always working + slow comp

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  1. Brokyne

    Brokyne Thread Starter

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    I'm not sure if this is hardware or software but...
    Just recently (a few weeks ago) my hard drive started constantly spinning. It doesn't matter what I'm doing, or doing nothing at all.
    I've ran a Virus Scan (AVG and Mcafee) Ran Spyware/Malware ect.. Also did a disk clean up/defrag but the problem only seems to be getting worse. In the last week the internet has slowed down, not my actual connection it doesn't seem, but when I first open it, it seems to freeze for a moment. This happens with every program I use, Media player for example, was listening to music and the program froze briefly, the song started the skip and what not. Also many programs keep going to a 'not responding' state. I am using Windows Vista Home Premium, and I've had this computer less then a year.
    I'm not sure what other steps to take other then a reformat which I would really rather not do.
     
  2. Brokyne

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    sorry i thought this stuff would add itself in

    Hp Pavilion
    System model: GS354AA-ABA a620w
    System Type: X86-based PC
    Processor: AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core 4400+, 2300 Mhz
    3GB Memory
    2 hard drives c:289 GB J: 80GB
    Video card: Nvidia GeForce 6600 (soon to be upgraded)
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Never run 2 antivirus programs in one computer and that is probably why the drive is running constantly.
     
  4. TreyDawgMT

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    Like Rich-M said, running two Antiviruses (sp?) at the same time is a big no no. However, if you are not running them both at the same time, can you look at the Task Manager and see any specific program using a large amount of memory?
     
  5. Rich-M

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    Just having them installed together is enough as they never permanently disable anyway.
     
  6. Brokyne

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    I didn't actually run both at the same time. Just two different programs at two seperate times. I was useing AVG free and thought maybe that wasn't picking something up. So i did away with it and picked up Macafee
     
  7. Brokyne

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    Looks like the three big players are, dwm.exe at 23,664K
    iexplorer.exe at 45,516
    and.. explorer.exe at 39,144

    Other then that there are a few things running, I just noticed 2 rundll32.exe is that normal?
     
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    reading through
    on the: Windows Vista page file

    it says:
    Now enter in an appropriate amount of space in the minimum and maximum boxes. A good guideline would be 1.5 x the amount of physical memory in your system, so set a 3GB page file for a system with 2GB of memory. You can drop this to 1X for systems with memory over 2GB though.

    ** I set it to 4500, would that be about right?
     
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    first thing i did when loading vista was alot of reading and googling, the page i posted was one of the hits, did u read it ALL
    i would disable windows windows defender....turn off aero.... turn off the daily defrag to name but a few.........
     
  11. Brokyne

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    ya i read through the entire thing, made most of the suggested changes, I did not turn off the windows defender though.

    I can't say yet if this has helped the problem at all. My little hard drive light it still going pretty crazy but it doesn't sound like the hard drive is trying to eat the rest of the computer at the moment :)

    but we'll see how it goes, I had read this stuff before, but since my computer had been running fine for 6 or so months i didn't think this was the problem.

    But i'll cross my fingers heh
     
  12. Brokyne

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    /sigh
    Problem still majorly persists
    opened up a few windows (internet, media player, chat) and the computer slowed down to a crawl, (took at least 10 secs to change between windows)
     
  13. Brokyne

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    bump
    i'm still hoping for some suggested "fixes"
     
  14. Brokyne

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    I updraged my video card yesterday with a EVGA GeForce 8600GT 512MB PCI-Express Video Card
    and my computer seems to be running normally again, So I guess the dying video card I had was the problem
     
  15. Rich-M

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    You never mentioned you thought the video card had issues, that sure does make sense though.
     
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