Help! my PC is crashing slowly!!

Posted on 2005-05-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
My own PC is coming to an early demise and I am hoping someone can assist me in reviving it for a few more months??!!

It is an AMD machince, kind of old (I use it hard core) lets see..
Athlon XP 1.2 CPU
1G 266 DDR RAM
60G hard drive (slow seek times filled to 85% capacity)
Windows XP pro SP2
CD burner
floppy (That is no longer recognized)
Network printer (won't work, error says no printer spool installed??)
None of my USB ports are working
My on board sound is gone (reinstalled all available drivers last night, didn't work)
I ran recovery console and fixed windows (yeah, right...didn't fix anything)
I ran HIjack this and got nothing nasty
ran CWShredder, 1 found and removed
Norton SYstemworks 2005 quit working after I ran recovery console and freezes when I try to reactivate it
I have lost all of my windows themes so my desktop is classic version only
I do not have the money to upgrade right now, too many irons in the fire if ya know what I mean!!

Any recommendations?
Oh, BIOS is current, no newer versions available and all settings are correct.
Question by:cavemanhands
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    Accepted Solution

    Have you tried to completely formatted the drive & re-installed windows?
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    Assisted Solution

    I have an AMD 1.2 system with 512MB RAM and it is pretty snappy with a clean install of Win2K.  Have you tried defragmenting the drive?  Some adware problems get so bad that there is nothing to do but nuke the system and start clean, so try ildave1's suggestion if defrag doesn't do the job.
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    Assisted Solution

    Perform the steps in the link:

    and also,;en-us;308417

    You can also check the link:

    You can also perform sfc /scannow from safe mode.

    You can also reinstall Windows after backing the data to narrow down the issue with the hardware.


    Author Comment

    That is NOT what I wanted to hear! LOL...I have defragged. I have some files that are of great size and I don't know exactly how to back up that much, I backed up some stuff to CD, but when I looked at the CD's they where blank...VERY BAD!! important info already lost (Complete website).
    Can I use a DVD burner to backup files? I have one file that is over 2G in size that I downloaded ( it is a game, not porn LOL) I purchased the DL and have no way to back it up.
    I think I will just get another HD and do a clean install, then transfer my stuff over, sound reasonable?

    I have a 160G HDD that the latest BIOS version is supposed to support, but when I ran it (with) my old HDD it got so slow it was pathetic.
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    Assisted Solution

    If you had your 160GB hard drive connected to the same IDE cable as your original C: drive, it will rely on the C: drive's controller (on the drive) to handle input/output requests with the IDE controller (on the motherboard). If this is the case, try disconnecting whatever is on the second IDE cable and plug your second hard drive in there instead. This should mean you have your original drive on the first 'Primary IDE' cable, and your new 160GB drive on the other 'Secondary IDE' cable. Note that if your PC is just new enough, it may have a UDMA (80 wire) cable on the primary IDE channel, and only a 40 wire cable for the secondary. The 80 wires provide better grounding for the device connected at the end of the cable (hard drive in this case) and so a more reliable, faster connection between drive and motherboard is established. If you connect a UDMA capable hard drive (as your 160GB will be) to a 40 wire non-UDMA cable, you may not get the best transfer speed, you just get standard, non-UDMA, speed instead (sometimes it'll work at the faster UDMA mode anyway, but only if your lucky!).
    If it is the case that your already had the drives on seperate cables, and were trying to backup in Windows, and still found it to be very slow, it may be that the C: drive is failing (would explain a few of the other symptoms found!). If so there's nothing really you can do but try and backup anyway (even at the slow speed you mentioned)
    However, it may be that some Windows files are corrupt, and the original drive is mechanically sound. If so, connect the drives as I explained (on seperate cables) and boot from a DOS bootdisk (you can create this in Windows). Both drives should be available (UDMA doesn't function in DOS, so don't worry about getting a second 80-wire cable for this, it wouldn't bring any speed advantages anyway). You can then copy the files and folders required across the drives from DOS. Hopefully, your C: drive is formatted in FAT32, not NTFS, and so DOS won't have a problem accessing the files on it. NTFS drives show a 'security' tab when you right click a file and check it's properties, or you can check partition properties from Disk Manager under Administrative Tools in the Control Panel.
    Good luck!
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    Expert Comment

    Backups are only as good as how frequently you do them - if this stuff is important, get a backup hard drive and sync program so that you won't lose anything.  Hard drives are getting cheaper for larger sizes, so make it a regular practice.

    Author Comment

    ok, I installed my 160 as primary master and the old one as secondary and installed windows. I am up and running quite sweetely now and getting the info off my old drive without a problem. I must have had something crossed up last time. I am good now, about those points...

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