|I am encountering a strange issue that I have never seen quite like this before. I noticed it first when I was downloading a torrent of Ubuntu to actually help someone else with their computer problem. utorrent gave me a "semaphore timeout period has expired" error. Semaphore errors tend to have to do with network issues but no other network issues had existed and this torrent was the only problem. Downloading to another drive allowed me to complete the download.|
When the semaphore error came up my computer started to hang/hiccup. The only way to fix it was to kill the utorrent process and about 30 seconds later everything was normal again. This continued to happen for this torrent until I changed the directory.
Then yesterday I upgraded from Firefox 3.0.8 to 3.0.9 and it asked to restart Firefox. As it attempted to restart, nothing happened and then the hang/hiccup issue started. After I killed the Firefox process I tried to copy the whole Firefox directory in program files. It hung for at least 5 minutes on one particular file and then briefly on another but it eventually copied. I started Firefox from the new directory and all was well. I then deleted the old directory and copied the new directory back in. Then it worked just fine.
Also, I tried running my weekly Spybot S&D scan and I got the following error over and over and over again for each bot check, "Access violation at address 00000000. Read of address 00000000."
My conclusion is that someone is going on with my hard drive and not a networking issue at all. I suspect that there is maybe a bad section of my hard drive that can barely be read/written to.
Any ideas anyone? How do I proceed? Do I just do a chkdsk? Is that safe to do in a situation like this?
Thanks in advance.