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Poop Man Bob

My quarterly computer question

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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.

 

 

cpuusage.jpg

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.

 

 

Specs:

Windows XP SP 1a

P4 2.6 GHz

1.0 GB RAM

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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