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post #11 of 13
Yeah that sounds like a hard drive issue to me. I had a system with a bad HDD that would do just that. HDD light on the case would be stuck on when it locked up as well. Something to look for.
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post #12 of 13
Try this:
1. Run a program like DriveFitnessTest(http://www.hitachigst.com/support/downloads/#DFT), HDTune(http://www.hdtune.com/download.html), or WD Data Lifeguard(http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...upid=606&sid=3)
2. Run a "chkdsk /R" command (minus quotes)
3. Run a "sfc /scannow" command (minus quotes and must have XP disc)
4. Check for device errors, driver updates, Windows updates, and BIOS updates

Some might argue at the order of events, so whatever. The main thing is if the software problem is something easy to fix (without reinstall of Windows or new hard drive), then hopefully it will be caught or you will at least (hopefully) have evidence you need a new hard drive. However, if you don't see any errors when attempting these steps then it doesn't necessarily mean you're free and clear - the drive could still fail at any point in time.
Edited by jb2286 - 6/14/11 at 11:07pm
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Originally Posted by philhalo66 View Post
my 320 gig drive is in pretty poor shape(27 relocated sectors) and i had windows xp installed on it so i could play left 4 dead 2 without eating 100% of my ram. It locks up constantly sometimes it locks up doing nothing and other times it will lock up just watching a video on youtube.
Indicates mechanical failure.

I called those lockups "I/O Flatlines" - I used to get them on my Seagate RAID Array.

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Originally Posted by philhalo66 View Post
its dirt slow compared to my windows 7 start up last time i loaded it up it took half an hour to load.
Most drives have a 30 second read/write recovery time. What that means is, they try to complete the read or write for 30 seconds after first failing... this is what causes the I/O flatlines. (everything locks up because it's waiting for files to be read or written - things only unlock after the drive gives up)

Back when I had my Seagate RAID array, I remember Left4Dead sometimes taking 5 minutes to load a new map.
     
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