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Houston, We Have a Problem
Posted by: Dale Franks on Thursday, August 17, 2006

For some reason, early last week, my new laptop's performance slowed to a crawl. I haven't installed any new software, changed the configuration, or anything else, but all of the sudden, it takes forever to boot up. And, I can hardly play any kind of audio or video file without it constantly stopping and skipping. Most other things work OK, albeit a little slower than before.

But I absolutely cannot record or play sound files without skipping and pausing screwing them all up. This means I can't record podcasts either, since I can't record them without the ASIO drivers losing sync. I've been using this machine to record the podcasts ever since I bought it, and It won't work at all.

I can't understand it. It just started out of the blue. If anybody has any suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them.
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Have you checked your memory’s integrity? It sounds like Windows suddenly doesn’t have enough memory to run efficiently. A RAM stick going bad can do that. I’ve had good experience using this free tool, it’s pretty thorough: Memtest86
Written By: Scout
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Boot problems? Bad power supply, maybe?
Written By: Jeff
We have this problem at our house, on all our computers. It is caused by a Husband messing with the computer at all hours of the day and night until something mysteriously goes wrong with it that requires the purchase of $500-$1000 of new computer equipment. I recommend you get a computer that you don’t allow your Husband to use. This will solve the problem.

Written By: Wacky Hermit
Seriously, though, Husband thinks it might be adware and suggests reinstalling Windows.
Written By: Wacky Hermit
It’s could be the memory as Scout mentioned, or a failing hard disk.

Assuming you have a windows OS a quick check for the memory is to right click my computer then select properties and you should see how much ram has been detected by the OS near the bottom of the general tab. If it’s half the ram the pc had when you bought it then you can attempt to reseat it to see if that resolves the problem. Static straps are generally recommended for doing such work.

To check your HD double click my computer then right click the drive, select properties, click the tools tab then run the error checking utility.
Written By: Mac
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How bout a little more info?? Laptop type, OS?? If you task manager (MS) is there a process that is hording CPU?? Running processes?
Written By: coaster
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You might also want to check whether SMART is reporting an imminent drive failures. Windows hits the disk a lot, and retries on transient errors can allow requests to succeed but with the sort of performance hiccups you mention.
Written By: Platypus
I ran into that situation myself with the dell and I’m running here. As it turned out the problem was that the IDE driver got fouled up, somehow , without bothering to give any other indication of a then crappy performance.

One thing I did notice, was the idea that while attempting to play audio files the audio would become choppy while the disk was accessing.

The cure, in my case, was a reinstall of the entire I D. E. chain including the drive specific file. Simply uninstalling them was all I had to do. The system came up this can recognize the drives that I had just uninstalled reinstall them and everything was hunky dory again. My guess, is that the drivers themselves weren’t at issue but rather how they were being called out from within the registry. Not only was drive performance affected but it was also slowing down the bus with increased demand.

WMMV, but it shouldn’t hurt to try.

I wish you luck.

Good luck.
Written By: Bithead
Any thing showing up buggered in Device Manager?
Written By: coaster
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Wacky Hermit, is that glitch prevalent in the non-married version of Husband as well?
Written By: bains
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It is impossible to diagnose your problem when you have not even stated whether the computer was password-protected or what operating system it was running. Most of these types of problems are due to people running Windows in a non-password protected environment—which means that they get pretty much what they deserve.
Written By: william
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Do you have up-to-date anti-virus and spyware/adware protection? What do you mean by "most other things work okay"? Can you remember the last time it worked okay, and what you may have done differently after that? Have you tried using google to find a solution?
Written By: timactual
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I had a similiar problem to what Bithead described. The IDE driver got messed up and my overall performance was right in the toilet. I ended up reinstalling windows.

Ooh, william, I sense a can of whup ass being opened up on you. ;)
Written By: capt joe
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When it happened to me, I called Dell in Pakistan. They have a cool sound track that sounds like Ravi Shankar. I spoke with with a guy namedd Osama. He said to reinstall. Reinstall fix everything.
Written By: cindyb
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I spoke with with a guy namedd Osama
So that is that he is doing now. At least he is being useful
Written By: capt joe
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I have the same problem except when I reinstall and reformat everything...the same problems occur again...I am tryiing the recommendations above...please let me know if the symptom points to anything...I am using a Windows XP SP2 on a Compaq presario X1311AP with 1.5 centrino and 256 mb of ram and a 40 gb hd
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