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Old 08-06-2007, 05:40 PM   #1
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Windows XP on my computer (not this computer) is screwed up, and I can't figure it out. It keeps crashing, (I have two actual, not partitioned, hard drives by the way, one is a 6 GB, the other is a 43 GB) freezing, you name it, it's doin' it. Whenever I ripped CDs with Winamp on Win98, I could move the pointer around. Now when I rip CDs on Winamp in WinXP, IT FREEZES THE ****ING COMPUTER SO IT CAN WORK. The CHKDSK that comes with XP stops with E: drive when it is verifying the free space. It stops at 53 percent.
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Old 08-06-2007, 06:18 PM   #2
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Sounds a bit like how San (my last PC) was in her later years. I think too much time of the CPU running at 65-70C had done some serious damage. I never found out for sure since she died of unrelated causes just as 2007 was starting.

If your PC is fairly new, then a reformat and reinstall may be the best way of fixing such problems, you could be tracing them down for all eternity otherwise. The E: drive problem concerns me though, that could be a sign of a failing drive.
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Old 08-06-2007, 08:21 PM   #3
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>not partitioned
If its not partiotioned windows won't see the drives and act like nothing is there, but when this does happen does it make a clicking sound?

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Old 08-06-2007, 10:16 PM   #4
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> If its not partiotioned windows won't see the drives and act
> like nothing is there, but when this does happen does it
> make a clicking sound?

I think he meant that each drive wasn't split into multiple partitions, but I'm betting that either his file system, or the drive itself, is fux0red. I would say he needs to boot a live CD and try to backup as much as he can.
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:15 PM   #5
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In my experience the most common cause of lockups has been bad ram. Go grab memtest86+ (memtest.org), burn it to a cd, pop it in, and let it go through it's thing (make a pizza while it works cause it takes a while). Prior to testing, you might want to re-seat the ram and make sure there's no dust.

Second most is overheating. Check the fans for dirt and proper operation. The heatsink should be hot and uncomfortable to touch but it shouldn't burn you.

Third is a bad power supply. Take another power supply, unplug all of your peripherals, and just plug in the test supply with it sitting next to the case....no reason to install it yet.

Fourth is a CPU that becomes unseated. Pull out the cpu and re-seat it.

It's like what I tell people at work....start with the easiest things to check. Popping in a cd and pressing enter when it says "boot:" takes a lot less effort than troubleshooting the IDE or SATA bus or going through the registry.
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:44 AM   #6
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Well, i had to change out the motherboard a few weeks ago... I'll try this stuff and see what happens. I just bought a new pack of CD-Rs, so I'll start backing up my stuff. I'm getting a DVD drive to help me back up stuff also.
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Old 08-07-2007, 03:50 AM   #7
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> Now when I rip CDs on Winamp in WinXP,
> IT FREEZES THE ****ING COMPUTER SO IT CAN WORK.

Hm, I remember when Iori (my laptop :P) was having an issue with the DVD drive like this, DMA had somehow been disabled for the drive. Right-Click 'My Computer, go to the Hardware --> Device Manager. Go to where it says 'IDE ATA /ATAPI Controllers'.

On my system, what I was looking for was listed as Primary IDE Channel and Secondary IDE Channel (I think secondary was my DVD-ROM, you mileage may vary). Anyway, right click them, choose Properties, then go to Advanced Settings. Where it says "Transfer Mode", if it doesn't say something like "DMA if Available", click the drop down box and change it to that, hit ok.

If both say that, reboot and see if that helped (if both said DMA if Available in the first place, that's prolly not the problem though).
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:36 PM   #8
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if you're using a different motherboard than before (brand, chipset, whatever), you might want to consider doing a repair install of XP if memtest86 turns up nothing... in my experience, it does not handle switching motherboards very well.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:27 PM   #9
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> if you're using a different motherboard than before (brand,
> chipset, whatever), you might want to consider doing a
> repair install of XP if memtest86 turns up nothing... in my
> experience, it does not handle switching motherboards very
> well.

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