mobo or processor or memory problem

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
suddenly my pvr machine has gone ultra slow on start-up. The POST beep sounds OK, the flash BIOS screen comes up but thereafter it is impossibly slow. Hasn't got through checking the RAID drive status after ten minutes. Obviously a hardware problem, but is there anyway of reliably guessing whether it is mobo processor or RAM that is causing the problem. Seems unlikely to be RAM as there are two modules in there, but mobo or processor. Processor is an AMD dual core, mobo is an ASUS M4878E
Question by:SteveHodge
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    if you have asignificant number of bad blocks, then it can literally take days or even over a week for the raid rebuild to complete.

    just be patient if it is rebuilding
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    Have you replaced and of the RAID Disk?  or is it stating that the RAID is degrated?

    If not I have also had this same problem before and what resolved it for me was i reset the bios to factory defaults. then i completely shut off the computer for a few mins.  powered back up and it has been running since.

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    This is a real puzzle. It seems to have fixed itself.  Left it stalled on 'checking disks', came back two hours later, it seemed to have rebooted and stalled again, but then with a reset it started normally
    The logs of the AMD Raidexpert program showed nothing untoward.
    This worries me - I don't want another sudden failure. Was it the RAID array, or something more fundamental?? After it started I did have to take a USB hub out of use as Windows XP was complaining about it. Could this have caused the stalls???
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    The system worked.  You had a drive with some bad blocks, that failed, and recovered.  Move on, everything is OK.  But I would get in habit of backing up.
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    you can always test the drives with a manufacturer diag :      

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