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syb388

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I'm back again, it seems every time I solve my computer problem, another comes along.
Don't know what I would do without this forum saved me more than once.

Anyway this is my new problem, I noticed that my computer was very slow lately, starting up, running aps, watching movies even listening to music.
The other day I tried burning a disc from my HD with Nero, and got this message
"Can only write at 4x instead of 24x because speed of source data is too slow"

appreciate any help.
thanks

Edited by syb388, 23 May 2007 - 03:23 PM.

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Could be several things. 1st backup needed files.

Have you done a scandisk or defrag lately? If not do them both. If you have no errors on HD and it isn't fragmented, or if you get no relief from those you may need to post a HJT log.

First though back up data

Second Scandisk or chkdsk

Third Defrag.

Have you been making hardware/software changes lately? Anything about your system change recently (besides the speed)?
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First go to the malware forums here: http://www.geekstogo...o-Here-f37.html. Be sure to read the stick here: http://www.geekstogo...-Log-t2852.html.

You can still follow the steps set by bobmad because those things can never hurt.
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Go to start run type in sysdm.cpl

Go into hardware > Device Manager

Click the + next to IDE controlers
Right click on primary IDE controler.

Go to advanced > What does Current Tranfer Mode Say?
On the dropdown list does it say DMA if avalible or something to that sort?

Close out that window

Now in device manager Right click on Secondary IDE Controler

Go to advanced > What does Current Tranfer Mode Say?

Edit: added Sentance: For the system Generaly Slow however you will probibly need to post in the Malware Fourm.
On the dropdown list does it say DMA if avalible or something to that sort?

Edited by tuxmaster, 23 May 2007 - 03:28 PM.

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syb388

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I'm pretty sure its not malware, my internet is working fine and I have NIS 2007 windows defender, and spyware blaster running fulltime and scanning every night.

I'm a bit hesitant to run a scandisk, last 2 times I tried it took over 18 hours!!! I can't do it before Friday night.
I'll do the defrag now and post the results, thanks.
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Never assume, always test.
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Some things that may cause this, by any chance is your CD on the same IDE cable as your hard drive? Also you can run memtest86 and it will tell you the system bus speed. A few days ago I had a Dell that was running impossibly slow, it turned out the BIOS had become corrupted and the buss speed was only 10% of what it should have been. Just taking out the CMOS battery and unplugging cleared the CMOS and corrected the problem but I reflashed the BIOS anyway.
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tyger you lost me by buss speed and cmos battery... how do i check the buss speed?

tuxmaster, youre right. it occured that this was similar to what happened to me before

http://www.geekstogo...mp;#entry919571

cmw2010 suggested i check the ide channels, they were running in PIO instead of DMA. I uninstalled and reinstalled and everything was fine.
I just checked and the primary and secondary IDE channel were set to DMA if available, but the current transfer mode was actually PIO. I reinstalled and now the primary is set to current transfer mode ultra DMA mode 5 and the secondary is set to ultra DMA mode 2.

Any ideas on why the current transfer mode was rest to PIO?
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Easy Answer it just happens.

Hard Answer if you midea is not read properly from time to time eventualy it will go into PIO mode.
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I found a hotfix that may prevent this from happening again.

PIO hotfix
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"Windows XP
This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2."

I'm using Win. XP SP2, does that mean the hotfix is unnecessary?
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yes that Means you do not need the HOTfix.
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