Hard Drive Going Crazy

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Max, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. Max

    Max Guest

    Just ran microsoft Update for XP Pro and got all the latest updates
    installed, now my PC seems to ahve slown down to a crawl and takes ages to
    do anything. The HDD light is always flashing yet Ive nothing open using
    it.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers

    Max
     
    Max, Aug 3, 2003
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  2. Download and run "bootvis", it will likely help.
     
    Edward W. Thompson, Aug 3, 2003
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  3. Max

    Rob Guest

    Might be a BIOS issue - have you tried flashing the latest version?
    If so, try going back a revision or two - it's a rare fix though.
     
    Rob, Aug 9, 2003
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  4. I had same problem of hard drive switching into PIO mode from DMA mode with
    same symptoms. I re-installed each time to clear the problem but eventually
    it kept coming back. In the end I swapped out for a new hard drive and
    haven't had a problem since.
     
    David Stimpson, Aug 9, 2003
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  5. Bitstring <F0UYa.8086$>, from the
    XP drivers drop back to lower DMA modes, and then PIO, if they see too
    many CRC/data errors on the device. Could just be bad cables, or could
    be a failing disk. Or your EIDE drivers could be a problem (I just use
    the vanilla WinXP ones).

    No need to reinstall (God, what do they teach people these days), just
    delete the disks and controller from device manager and let it re-detect
    and reinstall. You should be able to right click 'primary Ide channel'
    (in device manager) and select the DMA mode .. unless your drivers don't
    happen to have that facility (VIA ones, pretending to be SCSI, may not).

    Intel's 'application accelerator' driver is a PITA too (check the WinXP
    NGs)
     
    GSV Three Minds in a Can, Aug 9, 2003
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