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by: BenReilley November 29, 2006 9:15 AM PST

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Computer slow, Hard drive noisy

by BenReilley - 11/29/06 9:15 AM

Hey everyone,

my computer is running xp and takes forever with every little task.
Even just opening the IE, you hear a the hardrive loudly working for 5 seconds before anything happens even with a clean installation. My first instinct was upgrading the RAM to 512MB since I figured 256 is the minimum needed. It didnt help, next I replaced the Power Supply despite the fact that Asus Probe has shown no error and nothing. Next I changed from a WD 20GB Hard Drive to a Maxtor 60GB ATA 100 Drive, didnt help. So I there was not much left CPU and Mainboard were new anyway and the problem occured with an old Athlon 800 System as well.
Last thing I could thing of I put in an Promise ATA100 Controller from my other System to work around the onboard IDE, didnt help either. I am pretty much running out of ideas, I have changed basicly everything, if I didnt knew better I would say its the hard drive but when I took out the WD 20GB and put it in another system there was no problem, I ran Diagnostics with Maxtor's and WD's Tools and got no errors, defragmenting or scandisk didnt do any good. For my taste the sound of the Hard Drive is extremely loud but then again the Unit is standing closer to me. I was thinking maybe (dont know if its possible) the unit is standing right next to the Monitor (CRT), is it possible that EMI from the monitor is causing my problems? Im tempted to open the window and throwing out but if I cant find the cause, how likely is it that the symtoms persist even after all parts are changed?

Configuration:
Asus A7S333
Athlon 2400+
512MB PC266 RAM
GeForce2 AGP
Maxtor 60GB Hard Drive (Primary IDE)
DVD ROM (Secondary IDE)
Windows XP Home

I appreciate any thoughts.
Thanks

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