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My quarterly computer question

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Poop Man Bob, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    I have a second 80 GB hard drive that only holds all of my music and porn. For about the past month, whenever I so much as click on a video (not opening it, mind you - just one left click), my computer becomes extremely slow and sketchy. The "thinking" light on my tower goes solid orange for about three or four minutes until, eventually, it calms down and starts to behave normally. If I then open the video, same shit happens: super slow and sketchy, then it'll get back to normal a few minutes later.

    This sequence happens regardless of whether I have zero other programs open or four or five open. Plus, this only occurs with the videos - I can play music fine.

    CPU usage when it gets stupid. The extremely high portion of usage lasted four minutes. I wasn't doing anything on the computer at the time.

    Yes, I've tried:
    • defragging;
    • running ad-aware and search&destroy;
    • two different virus scans (AVG and Norton, both of which are up to date); and
    • checking the drive's space, but I'm only using 55 GB.
    Other than this shit, my computer runs smoothly and I have no complaints. I'm just stumped right now as to what could be the problem. I'd rather not format that drive unless it's the only solution. Even then, I'd probably pass.

    Windows XP SP 1a
    P4 2.6 GHz
    1.0 GB RAM
  2. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    this happens with my large music and picture folders, it usually doesn't last as long though, and the explorer folder window freezes and says it's not responding. try changing the setting in folder view or folder options or whatever that shows a preview of each movie as the icon for it, also i think this could have to do with how you have the folder set to arrange the files, like by date created, modified, size, etc. maybe setting it to arrange them by name would use less resources. the other thing i thought of, is that your drive is sharing an IDE channel with another device that transfers a lot of data. so set it as the primary device on the channel it's on, and or make it the only device on that channel.
  3. dkab

    dkab Member

    Joined: Oct 2, 2004 Messages: 297 Likes Received: 0
    I am haxxor-ing your computers
  4. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    heh, pmb, get more ram.

    that or save some stuff to disk.
  5. You tried defragging and it did it? You should get Executive software diskeeper and having your disk defragged all the fuckin time. With that software the whole process lasts a few minutes and
    really keeps your comp healthy. Another thing is to not use thumbnail show in large folders with large files like arcel said. Try not to stuff to many shit in one folder but make several subfolders within. I Have 3 hd's on my comp and nothing clogs, still i've noticed that downloaded video files are the only stuff that crash my shit now and then.
    I never quite understood what sense it makes to have a porn archive since they're all useless to me after 'used' once. Running a surface check and a disk check on that HD is also a good idea, there could be a bad sector in there somewhere.

    Thats all i can think and 1 GB of ram should be totally fine.
  6. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Administrator

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,136 Likes Received: 82
    Yep I agree, probably the thumbnails killing your machine.
  7. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    They're not thumbnails.
  8. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,989 Likes Received: 313
    my shit does that, at some times, but with my sound. Sometimes my cpu is at 100% for no reason. My sound will not work at all, then it will start working agian....crazy...
  9. meatlocker

    meatlocker Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2, 2004 Messages: 228 Likes Received: 0
    try just dusting out the inside of your computer. you'd be surprised at the how much crap gets in there.
  10. villain

    villain Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2002 Messages: 5,190 Likes Received: 2
    If you've got a bunch of junk cluttering up your drive and it's the same drive your operating system and everything on it's going to slow down the more and more you fill it up... could crash eventually too.
  11. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    It's a different drive than the one with my operating system. And I keep my shit clean.
  12. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    Have you tried defragging? Are you sure?

  13. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,989 Likes Received: 313
    should i just use a dust can to dust off the inside of the computer?