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Laptop grinding to a halt

Question: Laptop grinding to a halt

hi there. in the past 2 days my dell laptop seems to have slowed down to the degree it can hardly go online. i run Avast, Spyware Terminator and Windows Firewall and occaisionally scan with Malwarebytes and A-squared. this security set up has been fine for a long while. I have installed Vista SP 2 last week and wondered if this could be the prob. please help as I am very worried.

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Answer: Laptop grinding to a halt

1. Softwarea) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click hereb) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Superantispyware click hereMalware removal tool click hereFree Antivirus softwareAvast4 click hereorAVG antivirus click herec) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :- RegscrubVistaXp click hereRegseeker click hereTweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click hereEasycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. ) d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispywareand the services that run in the background. click here

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Hello

This laptop was taking over 5 minutes to boot and even after it finished booting it would pretty much grind to a halt after running the internet browser. This laptop was only really used for facebook so there wasn't a lot installed on it and not a lot at start-up either, using process explorer I couldn't see anything using a stupid amount of memory or disk read/wright at all, so I was at a loss as to what was causing the slowness. After booting into safe mode and seeing that it was running as expected I figured there must be something running in the background causing the issues. So I ran through your README thread and Malwarebytes did remove some threats. This seems to have fixed the issue but the laptop still isn't responding quite as quickly as I would expect so I would appreciate it if someone could take a look at my log files to see if there is anything left behind?
 

Answer:Laptop grinding to a halt

Please re run Hitman and have it delete the Potential Unwanted Program.

That is the only item I can see that needs removing.
 

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I'm running a relatively new Sona VAIO laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium). Until a couple of days ago, the performance of the laptop was virtually identical to the main house desktop (Dell Studio--also 7 Home Premium). Suddenly download speeds on the laptop have crawled to a near stop (under 5KB/sec) compared to the desktop (128 KB/sec). I have Roadrunner Cable broadband and am running a Netgear router. Thanks for any advice/assistance you can giveHiJack This Log appended: (Windows 7 did not give the "run as administrator" option and the instructions on editing the "hosts" file in Notepad did not work.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 10:55:58 AM, on 5/10/2010Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\ISB Utility\ISBMgr.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\McAfee\Common Framework\UdaterUI.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exeC:\Program Fil... Read more

Answer:Wireless laptop grinding to a halt

Hello slhensen,Is there something besides the slowness that makes you think you might be infected? I don't see anything glaring in that log. We can run a scan and see if you like. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to se... Read more

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Question: Grinding To A Halt

My laptop is relatively old in PC terms, purchased December 2002. I recently reinstalled Windows, etc, to try to eliminate the problem I will outline, to no avail.

The laptop boots into Windows nice and quickly. If I don't do anything too intense, it will run fine for days on end without rebooting. However, there's two pieces of software I run quite often which use all of the CPU power. These programs will run fine for about 3 minutes, then the PC will grind to a halt. The pieces of software in question are:

Mixed In Key (http://www.mixedinkey.com) which scans MP3 and WAV files to detect BPM and key.
dbPowerAmp (http://www.dbpoweramp.com) which is used to convert music files from one format to another (usually ripping from CD to MP3).

I have the latest versions of both of those pieces of software, and all the updates for Windows XP. Even when not running any other programs (aside from Zonealarm firewall and AVG Free anti-virus), and only one at a time, they will function perfectly well for a couple of minutes and then suddenly the performance will drop off. For example, re-encoding MP3s from one bitrate to another should yield a rate of 4x or greater throughout, which it used to do. However, after the first 2, the rate gradually drops to a much more disappointing 0.2x - yes, a fifth of the speed.

While running these programs, I've monitored CPU usage using TaskManager, and they continue to use maximum CPU, but their RAM usage drops considerably, often just aft... Read more

Answer:Grinding To A Halt

start/run/ devmgmt.msc /click okare there any yellow or red marks showing click on display + and right click on driver click update

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I normally operate with Firefox. I am told that I should have a memory usage on Firefox of around 120000K. Over the last couple of weeks my PC is grinding to almost a standstill with a memory usage of nearly 400000K! At this point web pages take around a minute to change. The only way I can get over this is to reboot the computer, but within 45 minutes the MU has risen dramatically.

I also cannot use Windows Explorer or AOL browsers.

I also keep having a message stating that applications are failing to start '..........because MSVCP71dll was not found..' A souple of taps on 'Enter' clears this.

I have no idea if there is a link between the two problems. I cannot make any sense of MSVCP71dll on a Google search.

Please can anyone help me get out of the mess I am in. Any replies must be in words of one sylable, as I have great difficulties in understanding computer jargon.
 

Answer:PC grinding to a halt......almost!

First, please post your basic system info by using this:

TSG SysInfo

What version of Firefox are you using? Have you added any add-ons recently? Have you installed any other software recently? The error message is related to a software issue.
 

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Would someone please tell me how I could find out what version of IE I have installed on my computer. When I click onb some things I can see IE 8 comes up. My problem is I gave no permission to install it on my computer. I dont mind having IE8 but my computer is gone VERY slow inBooting up.I have stopped most of Progs at start - up. I have 250GB free on C: drive. I use NOd 32 Antivirus. Please help someone.

Answer:grinding to a halt.

In IExplorer click help|about IExplorer.

As for the second half of your question I cant say for sure but possibly automatic update put it there for you. I think it may depend on how you have it set.

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The story so far....

Came home from a week abroad. Kids had been looking up game cheats (suspicious). System (HP desktop, 3 years old, upgraded from Vista to Win 7 Pro x32) was running slow and coming to a gradual freeze. Had been working just fine before I left town, and for the last few months since I upgraded.

I get home - system is now at the stage where it will boot to the login screen - I can login but immediately freezes once all the icons have loaded. I can boot in safe mode, manage to run AVG 9.0 scan, no problems found. I try a system restore - no joy - freezes after a while. The problem gets worse. Can no longer boot in safe mode, PC now gives me two options - boot normally or do system repair. Try the latter - it loads files, but then goes to a blank screen and hangs. If I attempt norml boot, I get to the windows 7 logo, but it just stays there for hours.

I do have recovery disks. Tried booting from them (after altering th eBIOS to boot from drive), again loads files,and get the loading bar, no logo this time, but then, again, no further progress.
I can get to the BIOS, F10 Setup and F11 System Recovery (which gives same result as above) - no option for safe mode anymore, just system repair/normal boot options. F8 doesn't get me anywhere.

I'm stumped - any ideas?

Answer:Win 7 Grinding Halt

It could be a hard-drive failure - have you tried running scandisk?
try scandisk /autofix
/autofix - This option will fix any errors it encounters without prompting you first. By default, when you use the /AUTOFIX option, ScanDisk will save any lost clusters it finds as files in the drive`s root directory. If you want ScanDisk to delete lost clusters instead of saving them, include the /NOSAVE option. Using the /AUTOFIX option, ScanDisk will also prompt you for an Undo disk unless you include the /NOSUMMARY option. The /AUTOFIX command can be used in conjunction with the /CHECKONLY and /CUSTOM options.

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I am not a Mac guy, I have no idea what I am looking at.
I am at a remote location where there is no actual tech support of any kind. The Mac Book Pro of a colleague has been experiencing severe slow-downs over the past few days. Stuff doesn't highlight anymore, response is overall slow, the Internet connection speed is crawling.

My laptop (PC) works just fine when it's right next to his machine, there's no issue with the wireless infrastructure.

I am not even sure where to start looking. The user says that he didn't install anything weird as far as he can tell. and that it's been getting slower over the past few days. Any suggestions on where to even start looking for this problem?
 

Answer:OSX is grinding to a halt

Might consider asking an Admin/Mod to move this to the Apple forum as that's where almost all Apple/Mac/OSX support gets the attention. Yes, OSX is an operating system but, even so...

As for a suggestion, tell him to open the Utilities folder in Applications and then find Activity Monitor (should be the very first icon upper left as they're in alphabetical order) and run it a while to see what's going on. Look for processes that are consuming a lot of CPU time, or excessive RAM usage. It's not too different from Task Manager in some respects so you should be able to get some idea of what errant app or process could be dragging the machine's performance downward.
 

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over the last day my pc seems to take an age to shutdown,previousley it took a few seconds now it takes 20 to 30 seconds.running xp hme on an athlon 2600 512mb of memory.not down loaded anything other than last security update kb828035.i have also down loaded itunes.i have done a system restore and all is fine for couple of shutdowns then starts taking an age agian.any help or ideas would be greatfully recieved

Answer:pc grinding to a halt

Bring up Task Manager (Ctrl, Alt, Delete and go to Applications and Processes) and see what's running at shutdown, karl1483.

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Hi there.

Recently I have noticed that whenever I run a graphically intensive program (such as a new-ish game), my framerate will decrease over a five minuite period.
Before this problem occured I could run the the same games perfectly smoothly.

I had a similar problem to this a few months back, in which I found that the large vent on the side of my computer was almost completely blocked. Cleaning the dust away from that vent returned my computer to normality.
However this time the vents on my computer are still clear, and opening up the computer revealed virtually dust-free innards.

Could this problem be related to over-heating like last time? I have no way to read the temperature of my computer (that I know of), it doesn't have an external thermometer.

I don't know if this'll be any help, but here is a screenshot of my CPU usage while running one of the aforementioned games running a rolling demo. The rolling demo loops around every 2 minutes. I did not touch the computer during this time. I've marked the time when FPS drops become very noticable (from ~30 to jumping between 5-20) with a red line.



On the same rolling demo, I took screencaps with the FPS counter showing every 30 seconds from starting the program.
These were the results:
Time - FPS
0:30 - 53
1:00 - 62
1:30 - 65
2:00 - 56
2:30 - 50
3:00 - 31
3:30 - 12
4:00 - 15
4:30 - 15
5:00 - 5

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Answer:FPS Grinding To A Halt

Heat or a failing graphics card can cause your problem.
Low quality PSU's can cause heat problems
Filling all four RAM slots can cause voltage problems. 2 X 2GB is a better setup.
What Brand and Model is your CPU?

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Gday Techguys

My current latest version of Firefox browser quite often does not respond and I get a 'Server not found" & "problem loading page" message Eventually when I get lucky and the browser appears the response is very slow
I also have Apple Safari which is also very slow but not as bad as Firefox

Have checked Broadband speed and it is more than adequate

System Gigabyte P31-DS3L with XP Home edition 5.1.2600 SP3 & 3MB ram

Hoping you can help as well as you did last time

Best Regards

Barry Florence
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:09:23 PM, on 24/02/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16981)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\IoctlSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\System Access\SAWinlogonMaster.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast5\avastUI.exe
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Hello...My antivirus shut iself off for a couple of days....Now my comp is grinding to a halt...I may have picked up a virus.Now I am using one of the reccomended free anti vurus programmes from bleepingcomputer.Seems a bit late tho, as I may allready have a virus.I've done a scan and nothing shows, also have run ad-aware, and its all clear.here is a hijack this report.:Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 20:36:13, on 07/06/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16441)Running processes:C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exeC:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINNT\system32\services.exeC:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\ntl\ntl Netguard\fws.exeC:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\AOL\Active Virus Shield\avp.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Command Software\dvpapi.exeC:\WINNT\System32\PAStiSvc.exeC:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINNT\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\ntl\ntl Netguard\RPS.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exeC:\Program Files\AOL\Active Virus Shield\avp.exeC:\WINNT\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\WINNT\system32\wuauclt.exeC:\Program... Read more

Answer:Comp Is Grinding To A Halt!

Hello borat and welcome to the BC HijackThis forum. I don't see any signs of viruses or malware in the log. It is clean.

The only thing I do see that I would question is AOL's security package and Radial Services security package both being installed. I don't know if Radial's package is a part of AOL's package. If not, then that could certainly cause issues.

Radial supplies ISP's with security suites but AOL is not listed as one of their clients. If both packages came together from AOL then they should be alright together. If not, then one or the other should be uninstalled. Radial highly discourages running any other security package alongside their own security package due to resource conflicts.

Other than that, everything looks fine from a virus/malware standpoint. There is nothing showing in the log. I would suggest continuing with your open topic in the XP forum and let them know that nothing was found in the HijackThis log.

Cheers.

OT

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Hi, fairly new W10 install based on W7 upgrade.

Stock drivers for everything.

While playing computer games recently (particularly DOSBOX ones) I experience that the system simply grinds to a halt after a certain time.

Even trying to get a Task Manager/Process Manager running (ctrl-alt-del) then takes ages and nothing will close and I can only reboot the system.

There is no hard disk activity during that time. Memory is always around 2G (50% of 4G in use).

During this "system slowdown" any sound that is still playing in the computer game is then also "fragmented" or "slowmotioned" (the hagging, intermittend sound). Almost as if it is caused by audio.

I have no clue what this could be. Also during these slowdowns usually from what I can see there is no high CPU consumption.

I believe also sometimes after a while it restores itself, ie. some YouTube video playing in a browser will resume playing normally without all the delays and hickups.

Simply crawls to a halt. Do you people have any idea what this might be? And how to diagnose it, if in any case?

Currently I'm having to reset (reboot) this laptop time and time again. I did install a few audio tools / enhancers like "DFX" and another one (that I just removed) but I don't think this is related to those installs (?). I'm seriously... I believe I have no errors like this (the dragging of the computer and the audio) unless I'm playing a DOSBOX game.

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I have absolutely no idea why this is happening, but my computer grinds to a halt after a while (10 mins or so). There is no way to resume anything. I just have to hit the reset button on the front of the PC to restart everything.

It seems to be happening more with Firefox. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling.
Many thanks,

Michael
Here's my HJT log.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:32:34, on 31/03/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\VIPRE\SBAMSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFLnch.exe
C:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
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My computer has really slowed down over the last couple of days with lots of programs "not Responding" It seems to be normal speed when i run in safe mode. I've included a Hijack log below. Any help/guidance would be great.

puffinstuff

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 14:34:08, on 17/10/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3, v.5657 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.20978)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\COMODO\Firewall\cmdagent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\COMODO\Firewall\cfp.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Sony\Content Transfer\ContentTransferWMDetector.exe
C:\Program Files\BT Broadband Desktop Help\btbb_wcm\McciTrayApp.exe
C:\Program Files\RocketDock\RocketDock.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\LClock\LClock.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
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Hello,
I've recently seen this file called COH32.exe in processes list using 100% CPU and it cannot be ended or prioritized. This happens every day and I have to wait 10 mins for it to finish. Please help me, I have XP SP2, NIS 2007.
Thanks,
Jonty
 

Answer:Solved: COH32.exe grinding PC to halt

Hi,

COH32.exe is linked with Norton.

Try uninstalling Norton and re-installing again.
Norton Removal Tool
 

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Copied from the Am I Infected forum, on advice from "boopme":Thanks to all who help on this forum!Nearly one year ago, MSN Messenger stopped working for me (I think the latest version install resulted in a non-functional Messenger). Then IE7 would hang and prevent me from doing anything on the PC. I switched to Firefox--seemed fine. Then two things began happening recently (1) Firefox was really slow to startup, and now at times hangs at startup, (2) the PC in general is taking a long time to get responsive after startup (30 min to 1 hour). After that time passes, with all the tweaks I've applied, it's really fast!I've tried these things:Reinstalling IE7 and MessengerRunning Windows UpdateDisabling or uninstalling any non-essential applicationsDisabling non-essential Windows servicesRunning MalWareBytes Anti-Malware--**It located and removed Adware.MiniBug (WeatherBug)** Running chkdsk /f and /rRunning OTL, but I can't interpret the logs easilyUninstalling Adobe AIRChecked my App Event Viewer--I often see this at startup or around a time the PC hangs (but NOT this morning when it was still a slow startup):Read of USN log for NTFS volume c: failed with error code 0xC000003E. Volume will remain offline until the Indexing Service (cisvc) is restarted.I turned off Windows Indexing on C drive a few days ago and haven't seen this error since--but still have the slowness problem.I also see this one in the Event Viewer at the time of PC shutdown:... Read more

Answer:Computer grinding to a halt and becoming a little insane

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:CODEmsconfigsafebootminimalactivexdrivers32netsvcs%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe/md5st... Read more

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Hi all,I am currently on a back-up PC until I can afford to get my own repaired. Specs as follows:OS - Windows XP SP32.2Ghz processor1GB RAMI have several problems but the two that are really causing me heartache are as follows:1) When I right click on a folder (to copy, move, delete etc) it can take 5 to 10 seconds for the options box to appear.2) In task manager my system resources are always running at 100% (97%-99% is on IE) and it can be difficult just surfing the web.I am not running anything I can think of that would slow the system that much as I only have the following running on the system and these are only used when required not all the time:ZoneAlarmAVG 8VolumeAnd thats it - I only have a max of 30 processes running in taskmanager and the total mem usage is only at about 10% of the 1GB I have.So does anybody have any idea why my system is running at max when nothing is happening? I have ran anti-virus, anti-adaware etc and found nothing and I simply can not explain it.I would be grateful for any advice anyone has.Many thanks - Andy

Answer:My entire system is grinding to a halt

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Hi all,

Not long ago (a couple of weeks ago) out of the blue my PC started severely slowing down...

Opening new web pages, switching windows even changing song on media player seems to grind the whole machine to a halt and a few mins later it does what I asked it.

I've run a couple of virus scans (which found nothing) and also cleaned spyware, but neither helped at all. Also, I've run a couple of registry checkers and repaired any problems that they found...but again no help at all.

When I first start the PC, it works as fast as normal for about 10mins or so...but after this, I cant even right click without having to wait ages.

Temperatures seem fine, and from the looks of things, there's plenty of memory available when the slowing down happens (tho it feels exactly as if all memory is being used up at that time)
Just wondering what anyone would suggest the next step is...I'm trying to work on some web design stuff which is impossible when changing between windows takes forever!!

Any ideas will be more than welcome!!

Thanks,
Colin
 

Answer:Solved: Repeatedly grinding to a halt...

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I've noticed my laptop slowing down a bit over the last few days, especially when it's trying to load my personal settings.

In the last few hours, though, it's started to feel like there's a Boa Constrictor in there squeezing the life out of it. Serious hangs, applications crashing left and right, freezing on restart. It's getting worse by the minute. Can someone please look this over and see if they see anything?

Please help...I have a do-or-die project due in less than 12 hours.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 11:35:50 PM, on 11/30/2003
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ibmpmsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\tp4serv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\PkgMgr\HOTKEY\TPHKMGR.exe
C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\QCWLICON.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\navapw32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\Program Files\GIANT Company Software inc\PopUp Inspector\PopUpInspector.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\AEIWLSTA.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
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Answer:Computer grinding to hanging halt...can someone look over HTLog?

do the simple stuff first , adaware , clean files, disk defrag, and run sfc /scannow from your run box
 

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first of all, first post, sorry if ive missed anything or being stupid, feel free to guide me to the right place

ok, this is doing my head in, yesterdayl, all fine, since i built this machine and got past the basic stuff, everthing has been fine, all of a sudden today i turn my pc on, bang tons of problems

firstly, takes about 10 mins to startup, i get a black screen with egg timer, then vista to select my profile, then i click my profile, then i get "Welcome" for 5 minutes and im unable to move my mouse

then it finally loads to my desktop, then it all starts to mess up, i dont have very many programs on startup, and opening task manager shows nothing out of the ordinary, no stress on the cpu (running constantly at about 4%)
physical memory 32%, no processes running that shouldnt be

however its taking 2 to 3 minutes to open any window, be it browser, steam, eve online / games etc, and if i click elsewhere during this 2 to 3 minutes it stops responding, every time i open firefox it says "firefox is not default browser" so i tick it, restart and it comes up again "firefox is not default browser" windows update will not let me install SP2 just comes up with random error windows update has encountered an uncommon error

once the window is open its absolubtly fine, but opening stuff and closing stuff just takes forever now

all updates done, AVG and Ad-Aware not finding anything at all, ive set the VMemory to 4GB like its recommended as it ... Read more

Answer:Vista issues, pc suddenly grinding to a halt

hi and welcome to TSG first try running sfc /scnw and chkdsk to scan and fix any errors http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/66978-system-files-sfc-command.html
http://maximumpcguides.com/windows-vista/how-to-use-check-disk-in-windows-vista/
 

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I have intermittent issues with receiving mail in Outlook 2010 since upgrading to Windows 8. Receiving mail grinds to a halt receiving it by the byte not kilobyte. Having googled this it would seem that this is a common issue but I can't find a definitive fix for it. Having only recently upgraded to Office 2010 it is heartbreaking to find it not working on Windows 8...which I upgraded to having suffered the slowness of Vista for ages..I seem to be jinxed! Can someone please tell me how this issue can be fixed? Or when Microsoft are going to be issuing a patch to solve the problem? I'd rather not hear from people who say theirs works OK, they are lucky and the problem does exist

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I am having a couple of problems with my Athlon 3200 based WinXP SP3 machine that runs on a network behind a router.

1. The first (and worst) problem is that when my computer starts and runs MS update or when I run MS Update. It starts the process svchost.exe which, after update has been running for a couple of seconds, commits the processor to 97-99% which brings the computer to a grinding halt (almost) for anything up to 3-4 mins.
I am using AVG free and Zone alarm (real time), Both of which I have disabled, but this makes no difference.
I have run the SAS, Spybot, Anti-Malware, Combofix, MGtools AVG and AdAware, but apart from the odd tracking cookie, none of them showed up any problems (to me, anyway). I have attached the various reports which include the HijackThis log.
This problem has been with me now for a couple of months and unfortunately I cannot associate it with any particular activity, change or installation that I have made to the machine.
There seems to be a lot of dross starting on the HJT log, but I am not experienced enough to diagnose which is required and where they are started. Your comments and help on my main problem would be more than welcome.

2. System restore does not work. It spends quite a bit of time 'restoring files' but then gives the message along the lines of 'System restore was unable to restore your conmputer to ... Your compuer has not been changed' This is even to a restore point created last night after ... Read more

Answer:MS Update brings machine to grinding halt

Welcome to Major Geeks!

I'm sorry but your problems with Windows Update and System Restore are not related to malware. You logs are clean. I'm going to move this thread to the Software Forum for you.
 

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I think I might be infected with something. While I see nothing blatantly obvious, my machine's performance has been horrifically sluggish. Can someone help me? Here is my Hijackthis log:Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 7:27:58 AM, on 7/31/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\TopSpeed\2.0\aoltsmon.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.exeC:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~2\NPROTECT.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Antivirus\SAVScan.exeC:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~2\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\UAService7.exe... Read more

Answer:System Slow And Grinding To A Halt (hijackthis Log Attached)

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Over the past week or so i've been noticing huge slowdowns in my system, so i popped open Task Manager and noticed one of my svchost.exe processes was using huge amounts of memory (over 1,000,000k); i ran process explorer, but i don't really know what most of the stuff is it's telling me, so that wasn't all that helpful.

I've noticed this happening every time i've had slowdowns - right now it's at about 650,000k, it's been up to 1,600,000 that i've noticed, and it seems to increase steadily even if i'm not doing anything with the computer. I've run scans with AVG and Malwarebytes, and come up empty-handed. Any idea where to start figuring out what this problem is? The process explorer gives me a list of stuff a mile long, but doesn't really tell me which things are sucking all the memory...

Also, i don't know if it's got anything to do with anything, may be just coincidental, but at about the same time as this started, Chrome stopped wanting to display a lot of the pictures posted on facebook, and then today while i was using it i got a message that my AVG search addon had crashed/failed to load.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3700+, x86 Family 15 Model 55 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT, 256 Mb
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Answer:bloated svchost.exe bringing system to a grinding halt in xp

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My desktop computer is connected to my wireless router by an ethernet connection. When I visit certain sites it takes quite a long time to load. It usually happens with videos or forums containing pictures or animated gifs. When I go to a website and run a test on my internet connection you see that it starts off with a fast connection and the speed decreases fairly quickly until it is barely registers any speed at all. Download speeds seem most affected. The same thing occurs with all my browsers (firefox, internet explorer and google chrome). I can download videos off the internet but it is a laborious process. I start downloading the video and it slows down dramatically after each megabyte or so. If I push the pause button and refresh the download it will download the next megabyte and so on.

Now if I connect my laptop to the wireless I experience no problems at all. I don't think I have a virus since I have scanned my computer several times and have detected nothing.

Please help.
 

Answer:Solved: Odd internet problem - slows to a grinding halt with pics and videos

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Hi all,

My laptop fan is making some pretty weird noises and some of them sound pretty bad; when the laptop turns off the fan kind of clunkclunkclunks to a stop and I'm worried that the fan might not be spinning fast enough to cool the laptop. I've looked at how to replace the fan and it involves taking pretty much the entire laptop apart, is there anything else I could/should be looking at, trying to do, etc, before I go all in? The only thing I can think of would be to get a can of compressed air and try to give it a blast and maybe dislodge something; I just thought it would be worth asking before going through the trouble of taking the laptop apart plus the expense of buying a new fan. My laptop is an HP pavillion dv7.

Thanks a bunch for any help,
J
 

Answer:Laptop fan grinding noise?

It might be an idea to get a program such as Speccy (Google it) and check the temps on your CPU, if the CPU is too hot, i would see if you could get access to the fan, clean and clean it out with a can of compressed air (Or a vacuum but that may damage components, i wouldn't recommend it but i do it personally) and if that doesn't help take the fan off and use an alcohol wipe to clean off the grey compound on it and replace it with some fresh thermal compound (There are plenty of youtube videos on how to do this).
 

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I've only had my laptop for 3 months, and I've had the grinding sound for maybe a month now. It's mostly when I turn it on. But it also resumes grinding at a constant pace every few seconds, it grinds for a part of a second, even as I type this. It's a very low sound, though, unlike when it starts, it's a bit louder.

I've also been having slowdown issues, as I'm sure that's relevant.

It's an HP Pavilion zt3340ea
512 RAM
Centrino 1.6
60 GB
 

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I have an older laptop that we use infrequently here in the office, and it's making a pretty loud grinding noise. I looked into this a bit on-line, and everyone seems to agree that this probably means the hard drive is going. I just want to confirm a few things with an expert before I proceed:

1) Is there anything I should try to get rid of the grinding noise before I just pack it in and trash this laptop?

2) Although the laptop is older, I really don't want to trash it. Does it make sense to buy a new hard drive?

3) If I do buy a new hard drive, is that the kind of thing that I can install myself, without too much experience? Can you guys help me through it?

4) Do you have any suggestions on where I should go for the drive and what I should get? (It's a Dell Notebook)

Any assistance is very much appreciated!
 

Answer:Grinding noise from laptop

What operating system is it using? W98? W98SE, ME, XP or what? What make and model of laptop? Beware there may be limitations on the capacity of the hard drive that the OS/BIOS will accept. Can you get a copy of the manual, either from the office, or via the net, or makers website? Also there may be limits on the anount of RAM that can be installed if you want to upgrade. let us know and someone here can probably help.
Can the IT representative at your office help with further info? Bazza

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Lydster said:



I have an older laptop that we use infrequently here in the office, and it's making a pretty loud grinding noise. I looked into this a bit on-line, and everyone seems to agree that this probably means the hard drive is going. I just want to confirm a few things with an expert before I proceed:

1) Is there anything I should try to get rid of the grinding noise before I just pack it in and trash this laptop?

2) Although the laptop is older, I really don't want to trash it. Does it make sense to buy a new hard drive?

3) If I do buy a new hard drive, is that the kind of thing that I can install myself, without too much experience? Can you guys help me through it?

4) Do you have any suggestions on where I should go for the drive and what I should get? (It's a Dell Notebook)

Any assistance is very much appreciated!Click to expand...


 

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Recently when holding the laptop in a certain way a grinding noise ensues from the device followed by a pulse like grinding. Hibernating the laptop and then reopening solves this until pressure is applied to an unspecified part of it after which the noise returns.

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HI, i just recently got a COMPAQ Presario CQ56 Laptop this past christmas brand new, i use this laptop quite frequently on my lap when laying in bed. one night i was watching youtube videos, when all of a sudden i heard this god awful grinding noise coming from under my laptop right by the fan. i stuck my ear right next to the fan and thats where the sound seemed to be coming from. if i turn it off and let it set over night, and then turn it on in the morning, there's no noise. but only when i use this laptop for like 1-2 hours does the noise come back. somebody please help me cause this noise sounds bad, and i just got this laptop not even 3 months ago. thank you!
 

Answer:Somebody please help! laptop making grinding noise!!

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Hello
I just installed on windows 2000 on a Gateway Solo 9300 laptop
20GB HD
128 RAM

I deleted windows 98, reformatted, and installed Windows 2000 and Office 2000
I applied all the latest patches for IE, W2K, and Office
After testing here at my home I had no probs
Something happened from putting it in a laptop bag o delivering it to my friend

When she powers it up there is a grinding noise....I can hear it over the phone
and
I can also hear the harddrive seeking...clicking sound...which I never heard the whole time I had it
The sound comes from the side with the CDROM and FLoppy....It might be the floppy initializing on startup?????
 

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Hey all...I am running Windows XP SP2 on an IBM T60. This is my work computer, so of course am very, very limited to what I can do as far as program removal, installations, etc. Anywho, to the point of my post. Frequently (as in three or four times a week) my laptop will grind to a halt, where the IO light is constantly on and it can take up to 12 minutes to open task manager. When I do finally get Task Manager open, I typically see the same thing - System Idle Process- 93%, TaskMgr.exe-2%, and HIPS.exe (McAfee's Host Intrusion Protection) - 2%. That's it. Occassionally I'll see one of the three scans running, and those combined take up about 10-15%, but they don't stay there for long. The slow down is constant, and not always when these scans are going.

So two questions - a) where's the other (on average) 3%, and b) how do i find out what processes are chewing that up? I'm a SQL Database admin and having my laptop slow down like that if I'm in a meeting or working on an outage is extremely embarassing and frustrating. Right now, everything is running just beautifully; when I check task Manager, everything adds up to 100%. Very strange.

Any ideas would be appreciated.....
Thanks
Chris
 

Answer:Laptop grinds to a halt...

Hi Darth'
What specs has your lappy got? (CPU, RAM, etc.)
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Ther is many possible causes for such activity, including the fact that XP does occasionally just wind itself into a stoop, and nothing short of a restart gets it going properly.
Have you tested to see if it is overheating?

Do you defrag and clear out old entries etc. often?

McAfee could be the culprit, it has been known to cause slowdowns, to test this just Disable it completely, and use or leave the laptop running for a while.
(make sure your not connected to the internet when you do).
Also, do you have a particular reason not ot have SP3 installed?
Q
 

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after a power problem, the laptops dvd drive and mains plug broke down, and a grinding sound could then always be heard from the system. after replacing the hard drive in a test, I can now safely say that its not a grinding hard drive at all. the harsh noise seems to be from the systems cpu fan. usually after a few mins of use the noise gets lower (almost disappears), as the temperature of the system increases. I have blown out all of the dust, but the noise remains. whats my other option? would a fan replacement or oiling really solve the issue? I dont have a small enough screwdriver here to remove the fan, and wouldnt be too sure on what to use if an 'oiling' was necessary-no doubt a replacement would be the best bet? surely its not the cpu itself creaking away-lol. thanks for any suggestions if possible. is a grinding/loud fan over a few yrs of use a common problem in laptops? this system is from 2007

Answer:grinding noise from laptop was not a hard drive!

Try taskmanager at start up and see what is using up the CPU.If nothing running system idle process should be showing about 96% that is normal.

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So i was using my Compaq Evo N620c laptop( Windows XP) and i put it on stand by. When i came back, i started the laptop up and it started making a really loud high pitched noise almost like a whistle. I restarted the laptop and it started making the same noise. I went on safe mode and the noise stopped and everything louded perfectly. Than when i went back on my regular account and it started making the noise again. The noise only starts at the blue loading screen for XP. I had this laptop for 2 years and this is the first time this ever happened.

Will the noise stop if I open up my laptop and use a duster ( high pressure air) and i take out all the dust out of my fan and hard drive?

Thank You
 

Answer:Laptop makes a really loud grinding noise

No way to tell for sure what the noise is coming from with the info provided. Could be a fan, could be a hard drive. I suggest you go ahead and try blowing the dust out with canned air through the cooling vents. Use short bursts instead of a continuous blast. First blow air into the exhaust port first, then into the intake port. Repeat until no more dust appears.

Try one thing first... mute the sound. Audio hardware can do some strange stuff.

Raybro
 

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So recently my laptop seems to be making a low grinding noise, more like the old grinding noise computers use to make when they we loading back in the day, but the thing is it only happens when I scroll up or down on any program, be it chrome, word you name it. It isn't always consistent, sometimes it will be constant as I scroll, or only in short bursts and strange enough, for one instance I was over at ESPN and wasn't even moving the page, but there was a element that kept swiping from one article headline to another and my laptop with grind for the 1 second it took to slide headlines.

There hasn't been any performance issues or negative effects as far as I can tell, but I thought I'd ask around as see if it's perhaps a perquisite to an upcoming one. Anyone experience anything similar?

Answer:Laptop making low grinding noise while scrolling

Sounds like coil whine does it happen if you bring up nothing but a black screen on the browser and move your mouse around over it quickly? How old is the laptop?

EDIT: sorry if its grinding might be hard drive not power related at all. Though you have an SSD correct?

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A friend runs XP SP2 Home on a laptop. Some relatives' kids were playing on her computer yesterday :-(She called me this morning to ask how to brighten up a very dim screen display. I've done this for her before, and it normally involves just pressing a brightness button on her keyboard. But today this wouldn't work for her.So I suggested she should restart the computer. She did this, and the restart process got to the XP "Welcome" screen then just wouldn't go any further - it just stopped booting up, leaving the hourglass on the screen.I'm going to her house later to try and help - has anyone got any pointers for me please? I guess that trying to boot into Safe Mode should be my first plan - do you agree? If so, what then?Many thanks for any thoughts on this.

Answer:Laptop grinds to halt restarting

Yep, boot into safe mode if you can. Then look in system tools & restore to earlier date. Reboot & fingers crossed :-)

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Hey guys (and gals),
You all helped me out tremendously a cpl yrs ago and I?m hoping you can help me again.
After indulging the latest Windows Automatic Update about a month ago my laptop has since slowed significantly and the CPU Performance level has been continually at 100%. Despite this, Firefox has worked reasonably well and since I?m consumed with preparing for finals I haven?t posted this here (I know, I know?) The machine is grinding to a halt now. Internet Explorer won?t connect at all but Firefox still works pretty well. I had to d/l the DDS & GMER to a flash drive from another computer and xfer to the laptop.
I?m not getting any hijack or other internet related problems?just 100% CPU and extreme slowness. I don?t know if this qualifies for your help but I thought I would give it a shot since it blocks attempts to update AVG and download DDS/GMER.

I do not have a boot disk, but the C drive is partitioned into a reboot section which I once used successfully.

Very many thanks in advance,
Bruce
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6000.21352 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_24
Run by Bruce at 22:11:36 on 2013-12-13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1022.514 [GMT -6:00]
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AV: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Disabled/Updated* {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
FW: Norton Internet Worm Protection *Disabled*
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Answer:CPU constantly at 100% as laptop slows to a halt

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Hey Guys,

I got myself an Ipex Companion 51a laptop, when I format the drive and start installing windows, it gets to 97% and I get a blue screen error, it says to check bios caching and shadowing, etc

But in the bios their isn't a caching option, I thought maybe it was the OEM windows, so I slipstreamed my copy of XP and SP3 together, again a halt error.

Any idea's and suggestions? I don't really have many bios options, and doing a search for this model laptop gives me basically nowhere to turn. :cry

I just want to get it up and running!
 

Answer:Windows XP Install Halt error (Laptop)

at what point exactly does it stop at and give you the error and can you provide the exact error message as it shows?
 

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Hi. I'm new to TSF, so I'd like to apologize in advance for insufficient information or accidental misuse of this forum. I'll do my best to avoid these issues.

Problem:
I've got an Acer Aspire Timeline 5810TZ-4657 laptop running Vista Home Premium that I've been using for some-odd years. Since I've owned it, it's been a Piece of ****. However, lately it's taken a downhill turn.

Until recently it would start up at 100% CPU and nearly instantly crash unless I was in safe mode. Even then I had to immediately end all non-vital processes the keep it going briefly. I attributed this for a long time to certain very bad habbits I have with computers... Namely to do with the registry, defraging, caches, history, porn, updates, etc. Years and years of noob mistakes that I've since learned from.

The laptop will get quite warm, so for a while I used a homemade external cooling system consisting basically of water in a bag. Worked well for a while, but I noticed the laptop would crash even without being hot and it was difficult to keep all the water in the bag over periods of time, so I gave up on it.

About a week ago I did a factory default reset. This seemed to make all the difference for about 2 days, in which time the only thing I've downloaded is Visual C++. Now, I'm lucky to get 20 min out of a session without it slowing to a complete halt and having to hard-reset the damn thing. Hoping upgrading to XP will help some.

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Answer:Acer Aspire Laptop Slows to a Halt

"Hoping upgrading to XP will help some."

That's got me baffled. If it came with Vista pre-installed, putting XP on it would be "downgrading" not upgrading, surely??

Anyways, back to your current problems.
I would start your troubleshooting by testing the hard drive and the RAM

Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic software links here: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

RAM testing software here: http://www.memtest.org/
 

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Hi there,I hope someone can advise me.My laptop recently has severe performance issues as soon as I plug it into it's mains charger. Everything will run slowly, even just opening a website takes an age, navigating windows menus is slow, basically every action you perform runs at a 10th of the speed of normal. I used HP online support and the chap took remote control of my PC, disabled loads of services and bootup processes and then rebooted my PC, rendering it even more useless! I then couldn't even reconnect to HP support to revert the changes he made. And he made no attempt to call me after f**king up my laptop. Anyway - I've heard that a faulty charger can cause the issue I'm having but when I suggested this he told me that it's a myth. Can anyone advise what the problem could be. My power plan settings look fine and nothing's been changed in the OS, so I cannot fathom why this only occurs when I charge the wretched machine, and can only assume a faulty charger or laptop hardware problem Thanks in advance.

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Hello,

My CD drive is making loud noises. This doesn't occur all the time. For example,I'm watching a DVD - Criminal Minds Season 4 and it allowed me to watch the episodes fine but when I tried to watch a deleted scene, it made this loud grinding noise and it wouldn't stop even when I clicked stopped in Windows Media Player. It only stopped when I removed the DVD.

This also occurred when I was watching another DVD, I was trying to skip through it and it made that loud grinding noise again but it still played after it got to where I wanted it to be. But with the Criminal Minds DVD, it won't work even when I leave the DVD grinding to see if it'll go to the deleted scene.

I don't understand what's going on. I barely used it before but now it's acting up. I never dropped my laptop or hit it.

I'm attaching the sound it makes. I hope there's a way I can fix this on my own.

Btw, the deleted scene worked on my sister's Toshiba laptop. It made no loud noises. It was smooth.

Edit: Here is the sound it makes. https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...int=file%2cm4a It's the one named DVD drive

Answer:Asus Laptop CD Drive Makes Loud Grinding Noise

A DVD drive will make noise. Whirring and a little bit of clunking and ticking are normal, but a solid grinding sound does not sound good. You may have to replace that DVD drive.

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I recently bought an HP Omen 2 months ago. For the last month it has made a glitchy noise that can also sound like grinding. It espicially happens when I watch videos of any kind, or if I am just on the web. Strangely, it stops making the noise when I play a video game such as overwatch. I know for a fact that it is a hardware problem as I have performed tests. It has something to do with the power or the fan. It changes loudness when i change the power settings. Is this Normal? I would appreciate if I got an answer ASAP. Thank you in advance!

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Hi, my new laptop was infected with "Antivirus System Pro" fake anti-spyware. After following instructions from a co-worker, I attempted to remove using Malwarebytes, r-kill, and Hijack This...I also ran a registry cleaner. Although Antivirus system Pro seems to be gone...my laptop has slowed to a crawl...especially when downloading email (Thunderbird) or browsing the internet (Firefox).

System specs: Windows 7 64 bit / Intel Core i3 M440 3.13 GHz
Antvirus: Spyware Doctor w/Antivirus

Thanks for any help you can give!

Here is DDS.txt:
DDS (Ver_10-10-21.02) - NTFS_AMD64
Run by colleen at 6:41:38.00 on Wed 10/27/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_11
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7600.0.1252.1.1033.18.3767.2027 [GMT -4:00]
============== Running Processes ===============

C:\windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Program Files (x86)\Amazon\Amazon Unbox Video\ADVWindowsClientService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Tools Security\BDT\BDTUpdateService.exe
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Answer:New laptop slowed to a halt after attempted virus removal :(

BUMP, please

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First post, hope I'm doing this right.Hi guys, about 3 weeks ago I purchased a Lenovo ideapad 110. It's a great laptop, however, about a couple weeks ago, the laptop started making a loud grinding/buzzing sound when playing audio. The sound only lasts for second, but it's quite jarring, to the point where I have to take out my earphones and take a break from what ever I was watching/listening to. It also happens without earphones, so those aren't the problem. YouTube is when it mainly occurs, however other sites with audio have it too. I've tried playing with the audio settings and updating the drivers, it worked for a few days, but the sound has returned. My previous laptop, a hp did this too, but never this frequently, so what exactly is this? I'm not very tech-savvy, so I have no idea.Here are the spec if it helps.15.6-inch (1366 x 768 pixels) TN displayIntel Pentium N3710 Processor (1.60GHz 1600MHz 2MB) with Intel HD Graphics4GB RAM (up to 8GB), 1TB HDDWindows 10 HomeBuilt-in DVD Recordable DriveStereo Speakers with Dolby Audio, 3.5 mm Combo Audio JackUSB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet and 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 acDimensions: 378 x 265 x 22.9; Weight: 2.2 kg24WH batteryThanks.

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Right, got a brand new pc 2 weeks ago. Been really lovely to me so far, apart from the HDD grinding..
I've looked through the whole interwebs and a bit more but none on the solutions has helped me! I've disabled Super fetch and Windows search which helped a little. But i still hear grinding from my harddrive? is it just my case (ive removed the harddrive screws)?
I've been looking into the Reliabilty and Performance monitor and it looks like Svchost.exe is causing the problems.
Trying to get screenshots of it (in the reli and perfor montior) but for some reason its being quite quiet! Bah!

Light grinding
Semi grinding
Semi grinding 2
My system specs:
OS: Windows Vista 64 Ultimate

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (2400 MHz)
GPU processor: GeForce 8800 GTS 512 512mb
Motherboard: eVGA 780i SLI
RAM: 2 x 2gb OCZ Reaper PC2-6400
Soundcard: Creative X-FI ExtremeMusic
HDD: 750gb WesternDigital CavierSE16

Is there any other information i can give?
Thanks a lot!
 

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Question: grinding fan

I have a fatal1ty an8 sli motherboard and the smaller fan on it sometimes will make a grinding noise. it'll speed up, then come to a near halt(this is when it makes the grinding noise) and then speed back up and repeat the process. in the image below it's the orange fan near the bottom left. sometimes the fan works normally but usually it does this...should i be worried? the metal part of the fan is hot enough that i can barely touch it for a few seconds before i have to stop.
 

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Question: Serious grinding!

OK not serious but at the moment my hard drive will not shut up, constant CPU usage between 3 and 6 percent accessing something. All I can see in the task manager is a little bit of avg and some system tasks. Im at a dead loss on this. I thought I had it sorted when I told the .net framework to sort its self out all in one go instead of using a background process but it has started again.

Anyway any chance of you guys glancing over the hijack log.

Thanks

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 09:44:36, on 07/11/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories\XboxStat.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Pro\DTProAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Nuance\NaturallySpeaking10\Program\natspeak.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
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Answer:Serious grinding!

C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe, the Java Quick Starter service can cause unnecessary disk access. Unless you use a lot of Java applications and want them to start as fast as possible, open services.msc (Start->Run->services.msc) and change its startup type to manual. This is a particularly annoying service and will re-enable itself everytime you update the Java Runtime Environment.

I'd also disable the Java Update Scheduler (C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe) and the installshield update service (C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe) but then I prefer to take manual control of my updates rather than letting them happen automatically.

Slainte

midders
 

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Question: grinding help

Hi
beside the fact it is very annoying sometimes my hard drive just grinding away for no reason. i did a gwscan on the Hd no errors found should i be curious abut this? is this happening to any oneelse? i have windows vista home premium express upgrade 32bit

thank you
 

Answer:grinding help

I would back up any important data asap.

Grinding is not good, your system may crash soon, I dont mean to scare you but, usually grinding on a HD drive means it wont be lasting very long
 

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Question: T61 grinding fan

I have a T61 7658 CTO, and the fan has been making more and more noise as time has gone by.  It started as a light clicking while the fan is running, and now it makes a fairly loud grinding noise.  I'm well out of warranty, so that's not an option.  Does anyone know if there's a way I can fix this, or do I need to replace the fan?  If I do need to replace the fan, any idea where I can get one?

Answer:T61 grinding fan

Bearing on the fan is properly running out of lubrication. Someone say, if you pull on the fan itself, it should pop off, which allows you add some high quality bearing oil/grease. I never tried this myself, so i don't know whether this will actually works.  If worst comes to worst, just replace the fan yourself, you can source one from ebay for around 70 to 100 USD.  Message Edited by lead_org on 04-05-2009 07:54 PM

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I am having trouble with my HP pavilion notebook. When using media (online or offline) it intermittently freezes and makes a loud grinding sound. Sometimes its just for a second but sometimes I have to force a shut down to get it to stop. Also when I am listening to music or audio books with the lid closed, it will intermittently stop for a few seconds and come back on (it is set to "do nothing" when lid is closed). I have checked for over heating, that is not the problem.

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hello i just build a i7 cpu this past weekend and i noticed the past 2 days everytime i have the computer on for 3 hours or so i get a grinding sound. can someone please help idk what this is

Answer:grinding sound please help

You'll have to take the cover off your case when you hear it and see for yourself. It could be any of the fans doing it.

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Question: Grinding Noise

Hey guys, I logged on this morning to my pc and started to play a game and all of a sudden every few minutes the game would just crash for 10 seconds or so then be fine. When the crash happened i couldn't press Ctrl+Alt+Del so i know it wasn't the actual game itself crashing or losing connection etc.

So then i decided to take off my headset and try see if there was any strange noises and there was a really weird grinding noise for 2-3 seconds.. then game pc crashes then 10 seconds later everything is perfectly fine.

Anybody had this issue or know any solutions? If you need any additional information don't hesitate to ask.

Thanks in advance, Pompey.
 

Answer:Grinding Noise

Oh my god, not long after writing this thread... Now my PC just turned itself off without any warning, bleeps or grinding noises. Didn't even reboot, just switched itself off.

When i boot up my PC, i don't get no errors, it boots up as quick as it ever has.

Microsoft XP S3 Pro

Intel core 2 DUO CPU
E4600 @ 2.40ghz
2GB RAM

Graphics; Nvidia Geforce 9600GT
 

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Hello, I have recently heard what sounds like a grounding noise coming from my computer. I usually only notice it when the computer is searching for something (say a Google search), and I seem to especially notice it while searching on e-Bay. Once the site or page is found, it then stops making that sound. Is this something I should be concerned about? Is there anything I can do to stop it, or repair it? Does this mean the hard drive is about to crash? I have a Dell Computer, and Windows XP system. Thanks for the help.
 

Answer:Grinding Noise

Just to be on the safe side do a back up if you havent done.Open the case and try to isolate the noise.
 

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when i first got the gfx card it was fine, recently over 6months on, there is a noise that is easily noticable when i stop/start the fan for a second.

it's sounds like it's beginning to grind...do i just need to use a paint brush to get of dust or should i go deeper and unscrew it all and clean it out. how about lube on the fan itself?
 

Answer:XFX TI4200 - fan is now grinding a bit

I recommend doing the latter - or better yet, getting a better fan for it.
 

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Question: Grinding Sound

Hello, I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T61 Laptop. When I work on the laptop, it suddenly start producing a grinding sound. It is coming form the Top-Left corner of the laptop. It is not coming all the time. It is not coming immediately when I turn it on. But if I use it for like 30 minutes, it will start producing the sound. It will produce this sound for the next 15 to 30 minutes and then gradually stop after that. This happens every day. Is it a heatsink+fan issue? How can I fix this ? Thanks. 

Answer:Grinding Sound

It sounds like your fan is failing. My fan has failed on my old Thinkpad x61 tablet. You can get the instructions here http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/42x3546_04.pdf look at page 88, the steps are there. PM me if you need any help. If you replace your fan remember to get new thermal grease.

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Hi all, I'm based in Portugal and I've bought my Yoga 910 back in March. Despite all the well known problems with fan noise I've been able to stand it however during the last weeks my yoga has been developing a terrible grinding noise from one of the fans. The issue seems to be mechanical, as if the fan on the right of the keyboard is hitting the back part of some of the keys ("enter", "backspace" and surrounding keys) or eventually hitting some part of the metal casing. By pressing some parts of the casing it seems to decrease the noise but it always comes back. I've found a video on youtube that shows what is happening (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r22k4RT87pw) however in my case the problem only comes from one of the fans. If the common fan noise can be already disturbing this one is even more annoying. Would like to know if anyone had a similar issue and the best solution to have this sorted out. Thanks!  

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Question: harddrive grinding

i was wondering if there is any software that can stop a hard drive from grinding

Answer:harddrive grinding

no.... only way to fix that is back up your data and buy a new HDD and format it....

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hi guys
i have a problem everyday my computer make a grinding noise and during
that time my computer is frozen , i cant do nothing until it stop by itself.
does it mean i need a new hard disk or can i fix it.
thank you in advance
icedtea2002
 

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Soemthimes, not always, normally when I start the pc up after not using it for a night it makes some sort of a gridning/loading sort of noise.

It can be loud or soft and can last from 5 to 15 seconds.

Theer isn't anything stuck in the cpu fan.

Any ideas what's causing this?

Answer:Grinding on startup?

check all sys fan and then check hdd then check cd drives

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Hi, can any one advise me? I have been getting a grinding noise from my PC roughly monthly since I obtained it in Nov. 2004, I think it may be when I push it a little??could this be the hard drive protesting ? it`s a pentium 4 3000ghz, asrobs.

Answer:GRINDING noise from PC

Some hard drives can get noisy when there is a lot of disc activity.......I have an IBM Deskstar 80GB drive which sounds a bit like a boiling kettle when working hard.It has done for the 3 years since I got it.Also some fans will speed up when temperatures rise and can become very loud.If this noise is infrequent,only happens when you are working the pc hard and most importantly not getting worse over time then I would be inclined to ignore it.If it's annoying you then you will need to track down the culprit and consider replacing it with a new quieter version.

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I bought a new WD 2TB HDD and during the format process there were two points where it made a buzzing noise for a few seconds (the rest of the process was completely silent as usual). Could it just be random or bad sectors? I really don't like a new drive that has bad sectors because it will probably deteriorate quickly.

Answer:Grinding while formatting new HDD

Noises like that are unusual. I'd run a hard drive test diagnostic on it. WD has tools available for testing drives http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?lang=enThe last drive I had that was new that made a strange noise crashed about a week later. It was a 300GB Hard Drive that occasionally would make a loud ping noise followed by drive chatter then it would get silent. The event log for this archive data file server showed many warnings in yellow that the hard disk is about to fail with delayed writes etc. This drive also was very hot to the touch which as abnormal for the fact that everything else in the tower was cool to the touch and adequate airflow. I sent this drive back RMA and got a replacement 300GB that ran warm, but not as hot as the prior drive that failed. This replacement refurb drive lasted over 2 years without issues.

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Question: Grinding noise?

can someone please help me?
just a few minutes ago i was simply browsing and heard a loud grinding noise from my pc, i checked all the fans and it seems to be from the gpu, i restarted pc and still goes on. i left it off for now but i cant seem to find the cause, nothing is hitting anything
help?
thnx

Answer:Grinding noise?

You wouldn't be able to see anything. The grinding noise occurs when the ball bearings go ( at one point the balls start showing wear and don't run "round" anymore, causing the fanblades to tumble.)
Simple solution: you need a new fan. In cases of emergency (like you can't get your hands on a new fan anytime soon) there is a way to prolong the life of the fan a little bit. You get some graphite powder from your automotive supplier, peel back the fan label and carefully put a little bit onto the center of the fan.
I really mean CAREFUL the stuff is worse on cloth than laser toner
Make sure to put the label back on and don't use any form of oil..it will only cause a mess.
-DG

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I have an Everex Explora, AMD Athlon computer and at the start up and when I am searching for info it makes a grinding noise while it is loading the information. Also twice last week after typing and searching for what I wanted I heard a loud grinding noise. Not knowing anything about computers I have no idea what is the problem. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Hi lag
Grinding noises aren't good. It sounds like you hard drive is going. I would back up your important data NOW. You can run a scandisk (surface scan) and defrag to help test out the hard drive. Many manufacturers of hard drive also have utilities on their web sites you can run to test out the drive. Is your system under warranty? Many hard drives come with a three year warranty.

[Edited by Lurker1 on 06-19-2001 at 01:04 PM]
 

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Hello everyone, I just bought an S10 because of how good quailty Lenovos are claimed to be. I, however am having a problem with my newly bought IdeaPad S10 4333-22u. As soon as I turned my Lenovo on and it booted to Windows I noticed the fan came on and was buzzing/grinding. It mas making a noise as if the bearing in the fan were going bad or the core of the fan needed a few drops of oil. I am a PC Tech by trade and have encountered many failing fans so I am familiar with the sound they often make before siezing. After the Netbook ran a little while and heated up, the buzzing/grinding wasn't so loud, but definately present. You could hear the noise from quite a distance away. After searching the web, I found threads complaining of S10 fan noise, but the general idea I got from the forums was simply that the "whirring" noise of a normal operating fan was simply quite loud for a netbook when the S10's fan was at full RPM. My fan on the other hand, is clearly and quite audibly gridning. I don't believe this is what the users on these forums mean when they refer to the S10's noisy fan, correct? I really like this Netbook and would rather not return it, so I called Lenovo and they promptly sent an RMA Fed-Ex label so that I can send the unit to their service center for a heatsink/fan replacement. My question is, what does everyone mean when they say their S10 fan is loud? Can anyone describe it? Is it possible someone can record the noise their S10 makes and up... Read more

Answer:Just bought an S10, fan grinding right out of the box

Well, I suppose it's the fan blades rubbing on the fan housing like I just read deep in one of the threads. Either way, to the service center it goes....

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Hi friends,

Last week when I turned on the computer, there was a grinding sound from inside the CPU. Suddenly I turned off
and opened it.I thought it was coz of dust.So cleaned and again turned on,then it worked fine.Yesterday morning when I turned it on,again it made that grinding sound.I don't know whats wrong with my CPU. The hard disk,motherboard,SMPS all are new .Is there any problem with my CPU fan or HD?Today morning also I got the same problem.I turned off and removed the side panel.Then again turned on and now its working fine.I think the sound is probably from the fan.But the SMPS is new one.So I'm confused that is it power supply fan or CPU fan or will it be the HDD. Plz help me...!!
 

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Hello, My lenovo P50 is about a year old and has started making this weird grinding noise. I suspect dusts in the fan and the easier option would be to hand it over for lenovo to look at but Im in Abuja, Nigeria. Doubt there are any Lenovo certified centers here. The sound started about 3 days ago and it gets really loud.Does the sound affect performance? I do alot of intensive 3D rendering and compositiing in After Effects, performances seems to have dropped whenever I try rendering. So all I've stopped doing any CPU intensive work to prevent probable damage. I have the 4k |i7 6820HQ | 16gb ram | 256 SSD| 2TB HDD. Thanks   

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Question: Grinding noise?

Hello. I've been hearing a grinding noise for sometime on start-up on my PC. Occasionally, the PC will pretty much hang at the windows XP logo. When this occurs i just hold in on the power button and go through the boot process without any problems. However, the grinding noise that comes at the start is very loud and doesn't sound healthy at all. I've opened the case and there's no cords in the way of the fans. What could the noise be? Should i have concern? My computer runs fine after the noisy few seconds into the boot but becomes normal after it passes the windows XP logo.

My specs:
nVidia 8600GTS card 256 GPU
amd 3800+ 2.4 GHz
1 gig of ram

For more detail:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...reg_R1002_USEN
But my card gcard is now nVidia 8600GTS card 256 GPU.

Sorry this is confusing. Tired after the holidays :) thanks for any/all help.

Answer:Grinding noise?

try and isolate if it is coming from a drive or a fan
did you upgrade the psu when you upgraded the video

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Hello, Im getting a nasty noise from my pc at start up, never on restart. Ive had the cover off and tested the PSU but its fine ,also replaced fan on heatsink, it made no difference. Its definitley coming from the heatsink or CPU, very odd. Luckily I have a new motherboard bundle waiting for Xmas! Everything backed up. Cheers.
 

Answer:Grinding noise From CPU?

Stop each fan in the system one at a time. Use something like a coffee stir stick to hold the fan blades. Insert the stick before you pw ON not after.
 

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What is up with my PC?It's not ancient (just over a year old - OK, I know that's a contradiction!)Windows XP, 256MB of RAM, 60Gb of free disc space. It'll chug along quite nicely for a bit, then suddenly start whirring as if it's doing some really memory hungry task (while all it's doing is displaying a web page) Can take forever just to open a Word document. And when it comes to closing down/logging off - it can take 5 mins or moreIs there some diagnostic software or something I can buy/try? I had Norton Utilities on my old 95 machine, and this seemed to work well, but have heard bacd things about it for XPThanks for any helpDave

Answer:PC is grinding away and really slooooooow

To be honest 256 mb RAM is the bare minimum for XP.Have you done any PC housekeeping - cleaned out temp files, temp Internet files, defragged, check disk?Or use this click here

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Question: PC Slow/Grinding

The past two weeks, my PC has been at times slow, freezing, and constantly grinding.Each time I do the CC/SAS scans and it helps until a week later.So figured I would post the details of my PC and let me know if something else is wrong.After I did all the scans yesterday it worked just fine today.MBAMQuoteMalwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60.1.1000www.malwarebytes.orgDatabase version: v2012.02.15.03Windows Vista Service Pack 2 x86 NTFSInternet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421Johnny Ola :: JOHNNYOLA-PC [administrator]2/15/2012 2:36:09 PMmbam-log-2012-02-15 (14-36-09).txtScan type: Quick scanScan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUMScan options disabled: P2PObjects scanned: 197898Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 7 second(s)Memory Processes Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Memory Modules Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Values Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Data Items Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Files Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)SAS (Oh great, my SAS log from yesterday can't be found...six things were removed, what do I do)DDS txtQuoteMalwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60.1.1000www.malwarebytes.orgDatabase version: v2012.02.15.03Windows Vista Service Pack 2 x86 NTFSInternet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421Johnny Ola :: JOHNNYOLA-PC [administrator]2/15/2012 2:36:09 PMm... Read more

Answer:PC Slow/Grinding

If there is a grinding noise it's probably the harddrive or the fans. You can check this by opening the box and disconnecting the fans one by one and see if the noise still persists. If the noise is still there you can run a diagnostic on your hard drive. Run hard drive diagnostics: tacktech.comMake sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: imgburn to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.For Toshiba hard drives, see here:Note : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps here

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Question: Grinding sound

When Windows is closing down I think the hard drive is making a grinding twice before it closes down. It's not a beep but a grinding. On two seperate occassions it has done this.

Running: Windows XP, AMD gigabyte motherboard 1.8, 768 RAM, x800 ATI radeaon card.

What could be causing this?

Answer:Grinding sound

Hi,

First of all, let me say you need to back up this drive immediately unless you want to risk the chance of losing all your data. This drive might be ready to bite the dust, so get that done.

I would go to the drive manufacturer's website and download the drive utility and run it on this drive to see what might be the problem. You need to get tha done quickly while the drive is still operational.

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 14:48:30, on 25/05/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXPService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\DVDRAMSV.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Intel\NCS\PROSet\PRONoMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\pctspk.exe
C:\program files\powerstrip\pstrip.exe
D:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb09.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hphmon05.exe
D:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy Media Creator 7\Drag to Disc\DrgToDsc.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Roxio DVDMax Player\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\Detector\CTDetect.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RAMASST.exe
C:\Program Files\Stardock\ObjectDock\ObjectDock.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\Program Files\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,(Default) = www.google.com
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.ebay.co.uk/
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Answer:My pc has almost come to a halt!

Bttt, this is driving me absolutely crazy, its taken me about 5mins just to reply to this thread, thats how slow its running
 

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Hello, now before anyone posts,
"oh, the ball bearing is broken" or w.e
hear me out
as we all know, its cold outside and when i came home today to turn on my pc, the card started to grind for no reason. i restarted and same thing. i noticed it was around 30C on the card, and i started up sc2 to see if it still worked.
i noticed, as the gpu got hotter and hotter, the less sound it made. at about 41C it completely stopped making any noise. i then turned off sc2 and still no noise. ive had this happen before. my question is. could the metal inside the card be contracting that much, that the fan actually comes in contact with it? i swear, the hotter it got, the less noise it made and vice versa.
anyone familiar with this behaviour?

Answer:Video Card Grinding?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Impulse Fire911


Hello, now before anyone posts,
"oh, the ball bearing is broken" or w.e
hear me out
as we all know, its cold outside and when i came home today to turn on my pc, the card started to grind for no reason. i restarted and same thing. i noticed it was around 30C on the card, and i started up sc2 to see if it still worked.
i noticed, as the gpu got hotter and hotter, the less sound it made. at about 41C it completely stopped making any noise. i then turned off sc2 and still no noise. ive had this happen before. my question is. could the metal inside the card be contracting that much, that the fan actually comes in contact with it? i swear, the hotter it got, the less noise it made and vice versa.
anyone familiar with this behaviour?


Very weird indeed mate.

I've heard of cards suffering from whining capacitors and such (only happening when the card is put under extreme stress or when pushing VERY high frames per second [200 plus]).

Have you tried messing around with a fan profile? Like putting it all the way up to 100%? to see if the grinding gets worse or....

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should i start looking at new hd, will i be able to rescue my files if my hd just decides to stop working or decides to boot up
i normally keep my pc on for 5-days and i know i'm not the only one so i don't think that's the reason
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Answer:hd making grinding noise

Any information of value should be backed up. Hd can die at the drop of a hat.

But are you sure its the hd and not a fan.
 

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this problem has been occuring for a while now, but i had attributed it to many bootup programs until there are several freezes of programs at boot

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When I boot up my y470, the fan makes a grinding noise for about 3 seconds,  then is perfectly normal. I think there's something wrong with my fan's bearings, even though it's only 2 weeks old (terrible manufacturing quality apparently). How do I go about putting my warranty to good use here? I'm in Canada.

Answer:Y470 fan grinding noise

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-service/service-provider/default.page
 
Canada, right?
 
Dave

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I have a Dell DImension Desktop (not a big Dell fan, but it was free, it's my only PC). Anyway, lately at startup I've been hearing a terrible grinding noise from insode the computer, it usually quiets down a bit later after startup, but a grinding/buzzing noise is always there to some degree.

I immediatly figured it was a HD problem, that the HD was grinding. I went to staples and picked up a new 80GB maxtor HD and installed it (removed the old one entirely). I re-installed windows at that point but the grinding noise IS STILL THERE! The noise is basically identical so I am starting to think that it was neve a HD issue, if it wasn't what else could possibly be grinding like that!? Maybe a fan somewhere? I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I obviously have no clue what's going on, please help me!

-Ben

PS_ if it helps im running off of a GeForce FX 5200 256 MB Vid Card (ya, I know it's not the greatest), I havea GIG of staple's RAM and that's a bout all I think you'll need, plz help me out here!

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Title says it all. I am not very familiar with Computers, but I know my stuff.

I have an ASUS P5Q-E Motherboard, and an Intel Q9950 processor. I also have the Antec Twelve Hundred gaming case, with a Zalman cooler on top of all that.

I smack the side of the behind the cover, and sometimes it will go away, but that's horrible for the machine. It is not the cooler, because I have tried moving it while the PC was running, and no problem. I smack the top of the fan on the top, the muffles, and comes back. It is not the Hardrive, or any External fans, because the noise is coming from the top, back right corner of the PC. I turn the speed of the fan on the top down, there is no change of sound, and there are no wires interfering with the fans.

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--Icedgreece.
 

Answer:Grinding Noise coming from the CPU, or top fan.

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hi friends

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so i checked my cabinet all was fine and finally noticed that the noise was from the speakers...

and i noticed the noise was associated with the hdd data reading which was indicated by the hdd light on the cabinet..

i thought this is the problem of firefox so i reinstalled to the latest firefox the problem still continues...

other things i noticed along with this problem is that

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i test my system with directx diagnostic tool ..everything is fine

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Answer:Grinding noise from speakers help

when a card goes bad sometimes it doesnt properly filter out noise. if they play fine on like an mp3 player or another computer you may want to look at replacing the card. theyre cheap enough now
 

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My Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop fan is making off-and-on grinding sounds. What could cause this. I bought another fan, but cleaned out the old one and a clump of dust came out. It still makes that sound. Maybe I should replace the fan? Is this grinding noise dangerous?
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron Fan Grinding

Try cleaning it again, but if you have the new fan in hand, you are better off replacing it. Laptops have a hard enough time keeping cool when everything is working never mind when a fan is malfunctioning. I'm sure it is not pushing the amount of air it is supposed to.
 

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Hello. Yesterday my hard drive started grinding. When it does it it lasts for a few seconds and then stops and computer goes as normal. What should I do?
 

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Hey everyone,

I am 25 and am in Phoenix, AZ. I am currently pursuing my CCNA to start my networking career and am seeking some guidance. My experience and knowledge thus far is pretty fragmented, I know a little about a lot PC hardware/software/networking/virtulization/data storage/VOIP/security.

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Hello

For the past few months my netbook has been running slower and slower, I dont know if its just Windows doing its stuff and slowing the computer down or if it is actuly Malware. So I ran the programs as it explained in the FAQ so please find attached the log files. SAS didnt make a log file but I guess that is because nothing was found. For some reason RootRepeal wouldnt run so I have also attached a zipped document with screen shots of the error messages. There was also an error with MGtools but it appeared to complete successully though, I have added this error to the document too.
 

Answer:Windows 7 grinding to a hault

Hi there and welcome. I am currently reviewing your logs and will get back to you with a set of instructions in the next post I make to you.
 

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Hi, I have the same/similar problem as dude 1234. Firefox using 100% CPUI didnt want to steal his post so I made my own.I have doing a bit of research on different things for browsers, this amongst them. (Well I dont know that its the browser actually).Every now and then my computer seems to just grind away, fans rev to their limit, windows wont open and the whole system drags for ages then to a total stop.It seems as though it is a memory problem, but having read that post, I wondered if it was my browser? I have a Pentium 4 CPU 3.00 Ghz 1.5GB of RAM. My computer doesnt always play up like that but it has its moments.The easiest way to get past it is to close everything and then restart F/F, this does cure it but is really inconvenient if I have lots of windows open.Can I do anything to cure this phenomenon please?

Answer:Same as dude 1234 CPU Grinding away at 100%?

Well your computer is better than mine and, anyway, I have investigated and determined its not a processor or memory problem. Try using Opera browser and see if you think that eliminated the problem. I'd be interested to know."Browser" is the name of the software you use to download and display web material. Examples of browsers are:- Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Chrome.In case you are not familiar with the term "software", it means a computer program. Computers have hardware (all the electronic bits), and software (all the instructions that are given to the hardware to make it do something useful). My apologies if I have over-simplified this, but it sounded like you needed to know.

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I have an HP xt840. The hard drive grinds most of the time, even when there isn't a program running. Everything takes so long to open, Outlook, IE, Microsoft Word, etc....... I've cleaned, defragged, deleted, added RAM and everything is still so slow, very frustrating. Would replacing the hard drive help? We have a 40g hard drive now. If so, what brand, size, etc?? Can I install it myself? or should we just buy a whole new computer system?? or any other suggestions???

Thanks........ Sharon
 

Answer:grinding hard drive

Grinding sound from hard drive usually means it's about to fail. Most new drives come with easy to follow instructions on how to install it. You should be able to do it yourself. If you need anything off that drive, or plan on copying that drive to the new drive, I'd hurry up
 

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I purchased an extended warranty through Office Depot, but that family member cannot afford for that computer to be sent off for an unknown amount of time so I am actively considering replacing the drive myself.

I am looking at drives on amazon.com and unsure if a 'universal laptop slimline drive' will fit. Are the drives fairly universal between manufactorers? The current drive is an HD-DVD drive so I was hoping to upgrade to a blu-ray drive. Is it possible?

FYI: These kind of internal laptop dvd drives are not available from newegg or even frys. I'd rather not buy directly through hp.

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www.span.com Found a few laptop BD-Roms there. Panasonic makes the UJ-220 for laptops as well. They are a bit pricey. I would google something like 'Notebook Internal Blu-Ray' and see what pops up for you.

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