Slow startup, computer crawls, gets locked up.
Posted 18 November 2007 - 04:50 PM
Your temperatures are fine. If a fan was not functioning correctly, I would expect to see much higher temps.
I think you're good to go...
Posted 18 November 2007 - 04:57 PM
My immense thanks to you Wannabe, and Skeptic.
Edited by Pluto56, 18 November 2007 - 04:58 PM.
Posted 18 November 2007 - 06:26 PM
You are very welcome...
Posted 22 November 2007 - 06:56 PM
Today, the laptop did it again. I think I was trying to feed it too much turkey, stuffing, and green bean casserole. Trying to do too many things at once in other words. It locked up, had a devil of a time getting it to restart and check the ide channel settings. When I did, there was no change. I thought what has happened? Restarted many times getting the same old error messages, to finally get back into Windows, and when I did get back in......... there it was, the PIO setting.
I did Wannabe1's fix again, it's good as new again.
Wannabe1, my question is............ why did it do it again? I've never had a computer do this before and I've had 4 up until now, including this one. First was Win 98, last 3 are/were XP home. My desktop never gives any trouble like this, of course this laptop is not the warhorse my desktop is. I'm really curious about this, if you don't mind.
By the way, I would love to donate to you, but I'm a bit strapped at the moment. Thank you very much for your input.
Posted 22 November 2007 - 07:45 PM
Windows will set it's transfer mode to PIO if it receives 5 consecutive transfer errors from a channel. As it's the Primary Channel and the only device attached to it is the HDD... It's probably controller board related or you'd be getting "eminent failure" messages in Windows...so we're probably looking at a silent physical failure rather than a mechanical failure.
If you haven't backed up your important files, now would be a good time to do so. You might try running the diagnostics The Skeptic suggested and see if it tells you anything about what's going on.
Is this an older machine? What make and model is it?
Posted 22 November 2007 - 08:03 PM
Posted 22 November 2007 - 11:13 PM
Download the Dell Diagnostics Tool and run it on the machine. There are two versions listed...one will be for making an ISO image to burn to cd, the other is for installation on the HDD. It may be better in your case, to download and burn the ISO image so you can boot the machine to it and run the diagnostics before windows loads.
The other will be easier, though, and will accomplish about the same thing. Your choice.
Let us know what it comes up with.
Posted 23 November 2007 - 12:02 AM
Posted 23 November 2007 - 10:51 AM
I burned the ISO image to CD, tried to boot to it, but got this message: "Media test failure, check cables."
I thought maybe I have a bad CD, so I burned another, same results.
Then I downloaded the other file, unzipped the files, and I can't find any way to run the diagnostics. When the folder opens, it shows the files, but no command, or run, that I can see.
What am I doing wrong?
Also, is this Dell diagnostic tool the same as I had previously run, that was already installed in the puter?
Thanks for your help.
Edited by Pluto56, 23 November 2007 - 10:53 AM.
Posted 23 November 2007 - 11:29 AM
The disk you burned may have not been burned correctly. There's a difference between just burning the files to cd and burning the image to cd. You may need a burning toy like ISO Recorder to do this...be sure to get the version for your operating system. Once you install that, you can right click on the image file and choose "Copy Image to CD" from the context menu...this will open the application and allow you to burn a bootable image to cd.
Posted 23 November 2007 - 12:11 PM
Posted 23 November 2007 - 01:45 PM
Let me have a closer look at what's going on in there. Download WinAudit and run it on the machine. Save a report in HTML format and send me the 3 files that will generate. I'll PM you with my e-mail address.
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