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Thexgene14

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I was ready to defragment my computer with diskeeper so I went there and decided to start it. I get a message about how come scan is scheduled to run on my hardrive (drive h:) So I decide to restart my computer to see if the scan will start at startup, something did, It said beging Scan (or w/e don't really remember) and it couldn't complete the scan.

I again try to defrag and it still says a scan is sheduled to run. I figure my drive must have some problems if its not doing the scan currectly. I turn my computer off to do a repair on the OS with my XP pro CD and I set up my BIOS to run boot the CD-rom Drive first. It says "hit any key to boot from cd...." I hit keys nothing happened. I figured my wireless keyboard just didn't detec I'll do it again after the next restart!

The windows XP loading screen was sitting there for 5 min. It finally started up and then the desktop took another 20 min to load! What the...? I restart again to do the repair it still doesn't boot from the CD when I am hitting keys! It do everything else for typing including the clicking the delete key to go into BIOS. It still won't work! I even changed to a corded keyboard. Is there any other way to boot from CD? And will doing a system repair really even help my problem.

(the computer is wicked slow when it finally does load, also I have these 2 black boxes that appear in the task bar next to all my other task: zone alarms, spyware doctor....ect...)

WHATZ WRONG! Please help! :tazz:
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Hi Thexgene14...

Let's look at something...

Click Start, then Run, type cmd in the Open box and click "Ok". At the prompt in the Command window, type the following command: fsutil dirty query c: (Note the spaces in the command) and press "Enter".

Does the drive come back flagged as "Dirty"?

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WOW my computer is acting slow! Took like 10 min to do that, yes it comes back dirty...how do I clean it?
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Just as I thought...Doing the following may help with the performance issue, as well.

This flag is called a "Dirty Bit". We need to unset that Dirty Bit.
  • If you have Spyware Doctor installed, uninstall it.
  • If you have ZoneAlarm installed, open it, click the "Overview" tab, then select "Preferences", and UNcheck the "Protect ZA Client" check box.
Click Start, then Run, type cmd in the Open box and click "Ok". At the prompt in the Command window, type the following commands, pressing "Enter" after each one: (Please note the spaces in the following commands.)
  • chkntfs /d ..... (This will reset autocheck options to default)
  • chkntfs /c C: ..... (This will allow checking drive C:)
  • fsutil dirty query c: ..... (This queries the drive and will most likely tell you that it is dirty)
  • chkntfs /x c: ..... (The x switch tells Windows to NOT check the specified drive on the next boot)
At this point, restart your computer, it will not do a chkdsk and will boot directly to Windows.

This next step is important as this is where the Dirty Bit will be unset.
Click Start, then Run, type cmd in the Open box and click "Ok". At the command prompt, type the following, pressing "Enter" after each one: (Again, note the spaces.)
  • chkdsk /f /r c: ..... (To manually run a full chkdsk operation)
  • Y ..... (To accept having it run on the next boot)
This should take you through 5 stages of the scan and will unset that Dirty Bit. Be patient...this is a very thorough check and will take quite a while.

Finally, when the chkdsk operation has completed, type fsutil dirty query c:, press "Enter", and Windows will confirm that the Dirty Bit is not set on that drive.

Now reboot and see if you can run the defrag.

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Do you think that will also fix the slow speed of the computer?
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It may...at least a little. I suspect you may have some malware, too...let's get this problem sorted out first, then we'll set about getting to the bottom of the performance problem.

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NVM THIS!

Edited by Thexgene14, 28 February 2006 - 10:47 PM.

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Do I have to reboot in order to run the scan? It says it cannot run becuase of another proccess. Reboot? (i'm asking be4 I do it cus it takes like 30 min to reboot.) :tazz:
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Yes...you need to confirm (type Y) and press "Enter" to have it run on reboot. Then you should grab a good book...this is going to be a long check and it will seem like it takes forever to complete. It IS, however, the only way to unset the Dirty Bit that has flagged the drive.

Once we get that taken care of, we can take a little closer look at what's going on in there... :tazz:

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Ok, yeah the scan seems to be taking awhile...I have a book I have to read for school anyway, now's a good time to do it. lol.

Thanx for your help so far!

Edited by Thexgene14, 28 February 2006 - 11:31 PM.

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WOW! after that scan ran, the computer ran a little faster, then I did a restart and its back to normal! Thank you soooooo much!

EDIT: Someone can lock this topic! Problem solved!

Edited by Thexgene14, 01 March 2006 - 11:01 AM.

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Glad to help! :tazz:

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