I am having a bit of a problem (big understatement) with my PC and for the life of me cant work out what the issue is.
I am running an :
AMD Athlon 3000+
Foxconn board with VIA Kt600 Chipset (VT8237 south bridge)
ATI Radeon 9550,
1 x 250GB western Digital drive,
1 x external 1Tb backup Western Digital.
Windows XP Professional Service pack 3.
(she is around 5 years old and much loved)
The problem is around a month ago I had the dreaded delayed write error on my machine (my first viewing of this beast), no new hard ware, in fact the only thing that had changed was me running automatic updates on my PC and installing several security updates from Microsoft head quarters... - Anyway that caused a huge amount of pain and ended up corrupting the 250 GB Western Digital drive i had at the time (it ran really slow took 55 counts of the blue swipe passing by on XP splash screen). So i went and bought a new hard drive and an external backup again. The old drive wasn't being picked up by windows so i put it in as a slave and get-data-back picked it up and I eventually didn't loose any of my work! (note lots of stress, hair pulling, beard greying and time taken out from the above statement)
So i then reinstalled windows, no problems for a week or so then I got the dreaded Delayed write again (yes I know on a new hard drive) alarm bells started and I reinstalled windows again (quicker as I can now do it with my eyes closed).
So here I am thinking thats it, thats all fixed and then last night I had a delayed write failure again - this time on my external USB 1TB drive. I was watching a video in windows media player (from the external drive) and it stopped - windows said it couldn't find the file and then the delayed write error appeared!) Anyway I quickly turned my machine off and went to bed.
So at 5 am this morning I lay in bed thinking really is this all happening again! and I turned my machine on. Now this is a symptom that has happened since all this has been going on, I turn my machine on - it bleeps and then it doesn't leave the Foxconn boot screen. Usually I just reset it and its fine (this has been happening say once a week sometimes once a month since I have had this computer) - this morning it took 5 goes to get it to restart (don't know if that will help the diagnoses) Anyway my PC has now booted - it looks and runs Ok (11 blue swipes on the XP splash) and all drives are there and intact - I am now running a full virus scan.
The thing is I think this is something beyond a new hard drive and I don't know what it could be? Is my CMOS battery failing (I am not getting any error messages) do I need to re-flash my bios (I really am scared about doing that)..... All i want and need is a stable system to work on and at the moment I just don't feel it is stable. I have googled the delayed write error without much joy (there seem to be many with this issue and ATI related) and performed all here:
I don't have or ever performed the large system cache registry fix that people say maybe an issue.
and to be honest I am at a real loss as to what to do.
Does any of this shout a glaring problem to anyone?
thanks in advance for any help you can offer me.
*One other thing to note the delayed write either occurred when I was watching a video (179mb(ish) video via windows media player) or whilst using Photoshop (CS3 - scratch disk was different from the drive reported in the delayed write error) and the file open at the time was around 20mb in size. My system has been stable and fine for years (5 of them) and I have pushed her quite hard (I am a web developer using a local DEV WAMP setup and all the gubbins that goes with that I also have the CS£ web suite installed on my machine - so nothing that would cause untoward system stress...
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Edited by bennystylee, 19 October 2009 - 03:16 AM.