Running very slow & making noise

Emachines T6524 desktop
November 5, 2009 at 08:15:19
Specs: Windows XP
Hello, my 2005 eMachines has suddenly slowed down drastically & the drive makes whirring noises when it seems to be working hard (but shouldn't be since I'm only trying to open a file for example). I used to be able to have 5+ applications running and open files fast, and move files in folders with no problem. Now it takes at least a full minute to open something, longer to move files from folder to folder (also one of those times when it whirs at me). I've checked for viruses, cleaned up startup, ccleaner, defraged...I don't know what else to do. Help, I can't work like this! Thanks!

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#1
November 5, 2009 at 08:38:53
Sounds like it could be a bad memory stick. The computer may be making those noises because it's swapping everything out to the disk.

Try a memory program like memcheck.

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#2
November 5, 2009 at 09:29:13
Thank you for the reply. I downloaded a trial version of MemCheck Pro. It started at 67% and optimized it to 41%. With all my programs open and trying to do my usual work, the load hovers around 50% but jumped to 60% once. Unfortunately I don't know what any of that means...

I appreciate your help!


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#3
November 5, 2009 at 09:47:00
Watch the POST screens at start up to verify all your RAM is actually being configured by the BIOS. Also, set virtual memory to let Windows handle virtual memory.

One other thing to check is to make sure you're drive controllers are running in a DMA mode if you use IDE drives.

You may have always been using the swap file but it may now be running slower. If that is the case I would run a drive fitness test from the hard drive manufacturer.


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#4
November 5, 2009 at 13:21:22
Thank you for the suggestions. Looks like I'll have to keep playing around with this to see if I can get things back to what they were. It's served me well for 4 years, but maybe it's just old and tired and I need something new....

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#5
November 5, 2009 at 16:33:03
Virtual memory is a portion of the free disk space. If the disk is really full there may not be enough room left.

Windows has a bad habit of allowing drives to drop out of DMA (Direct Memory Access). DMA makes IDE drives run much faster than the PIO alternative.


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#6
November 5, 2009 at 17:46:48
I would shut off the virtual memory reboot and delete the page file, sometimes it doesn't seem to do it on it's own. Then defragg and turn virtual memory back on. I do this about once a week.

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#7
November 5, 2009 at 18:09:57
MemCheck Pro is a memory optimizer. Not what you need as it can do more harm than good on Windows XP. Useful on Windows 98 but useless on Windows XP.

You need a memory checker like Memtest86.

http://www.memtest86.com/download.html

This will check that all your memory is working correctly and you are not doing excessive swapping to disk.

Stuart


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#8
November 6, 2009 at 02:59:33
That's the one I meant.Thanks StuartS for catching that.

Larry

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#9
November 6, 2009 at 05:55:52
Thank you all for your replies!
- I verified that the IDE drives are running in DMA mode.
- I have defragged and cleaned disk to no avail.
- I changed the setting for VMA to let Windows control.
- I am not sure which drive fitness test to run. I have not figured out the manufacturer.
- I have a 200 GB drive with only 71 GB used, so I should have plenty of space.
- I have not tried the memtest yet. Just reading about it makes my head spin. I'm not sure I'll understand the results even if I do run it.

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#10
November 6, 2009 at 08:38:21
If the drive is not making any clicking noises and it is running in DMA chances are the drive is OK. If you want to test it anyway as there is no harm in doing so, then download SIW.exe.

SIW should yield the drive manufacturer, or at least the full model number, which you can then Google to find the manufacturer.

Memtest 86 will either pass the RAM or indicate errors. No errors are acceptable.

Sometimes RAM concacts can get oxidized. Try snapping each module in and out 4 or 5 times to scuff up the contacts.

Be sure to have the computer unplugged, or if there is an OFF switch on the power supply, use that. Also exercise proper anti-static precautions when mucking around inside the case. (ground yourself first)

Download and run Ccleaner Slim to cleanup your system. Get it at the link below.

http://www.ccleaner.com/download/bu...


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#11
November 12, 2009 at 16:41:28
Check your memory with Memtest86, check your HD with HDTune. And make sure your system directory is not full, and set virtual memory.

In fact, I strongly recommend you scan virus and spywares of your pc fully with the newest and best security software. Such as kaspersky Internet Security 2010, Norton Antivurs 2010. More good security softwares.


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