A hard drive issue (I think)

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I was wondering if anyone could take a couple seconds and help me out.
I have a PC running Win XP Pro, AMD Athlon XP 1500, 1 GB of RAM, and
a 80 GB Maxtor HD. Over the last few months, my computer has started
to lock up on me with the HD light constantly lit. When my wife uses
the computer, she says it has never locked up. I actually reinstalled
Windows and have gotten the same problem. Can anybody lead me in a
direction to fix this?

Thanks.
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  1. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.misc,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

    "andrew" <andrew@andrewsteiger.com> wrote in message
    news:2a46e1e2.0407081640.1a77ec3c@posting.google.com...
    > I was wondering if anyone could take a couple seconds and help me out.
    > I have a PC running Win XP Pro, AMD Athlon XP 1500, 1 GB of RAM, and
    > a 80 GB Maxtor HD. Over the last few months, my computer has started
    > to lock up on me with the HD light constantly lit. When my wife uses
    > the computer, she says it has never locked up. I actually reinstalled
    > Windows and have gotten the same problem. Can anybody lead me in a
    > direction to fix this?
    >
    > Thanks.

    I wouldn't be suprised if your wife is a key factor in this whole thing.

    --
    Joep
  2. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.misc,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

    What programs are you running that your wife doesn't?

    "Joep" <j o e p @ d i y d a t a r e c o v e r y . n l> wrote in message
    news:a71db$40ee4966$3eddca68$31350@nf1.news-service-com...
    > "andrew" <andrew@andrewsteiger.com> wrote in message
    > news:2a46e1e2.0407081640.1a77ec3c@posting.google.com...
    > > I was wondering if anyone could take a couple seconds and help me
    out.
    > > I have a PC running Win XP Pro, AMD Athlon XP 1500, 1 GB of RAM,
    and
    > > a 80 GB Maxtor HD. Over the last few months, my computer has
    started
    > > to lock up on me with the HD light constantly lit. When my wife
    uses
    > > the computer, she says it has never locked up. I actually
    reinstalled
    > > Windows and have gotten the same problem. Can anybody lead me in a
    > > direction to fix this?
    > >
    > > Thanks.
    >
    > I wouldn't be suprised if your wife is a key factor in this whole
    thing.
    >
    > --
    > Joep
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.misc,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

    On Thu, 08 Jul 2004 17:40:48 -0700, andrew wrote:

    > I was wondering if anyone could take a couple seconds and help me out.
    > I have a PC running Win XP Pro, AMD Athlon XP 1500, 1 GB of RAM, and
    > a 80 GB Maxtor HD. Over the last few months, my computer has started
    > to lock up on me with the HD light constantly lit. When my wife uses
    > the computer, she says it has never locked up. I actually reinstalled
    > Windows and have gotten the same problem. Can anybody lead me in a
    > direction to fix this?
    >
    > Thanks.

    Check what programs you running, particularly those that run in the
    backround. Some rather worthless or trivial programs can be tremendous
    hogs under Windows, constantly writing to the HD or using CPU cycles to
    the point that it interfers with the programs you really want to run.

    Hit CRTL-ALT-DEL and select "Task Manager" and then examine what processes
    are running. (You'll have to do a google lookup on many of them to figure
    out what they are doing and if they are legit.) You may want to uninstall
    certain program or change your msconfig so they don't automatically load
    when you start your computer. Also, don't overlook the possibility that
    your PC might have a virus, worm, trojan, adware or sypware installed that
    is causing the problem.


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  4. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.misc,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

    Joep wrote:
    > "andrew" <andrew@andrewsteiger.com> wrote in message
    > news:2a46e1e2.0407081640.1a77ec3c@posting.google.com...
    >> I was wondering if anyone could take a couple seconds and help me
    >> out. I have a PC running Win XP Pro, AMD Athlon XP 1500, 1 GB of
    >> RAM, and a 80 GB Maxtor HD. Over the last few months, my computer
    >> has started to lock up on me with the HD light constantly lit. When
    >> my wife uses the computer, she says it has never locked up. I
    >> actually reinstalled Windows and have gotten the same problem. Can
    >> anybody lead me in a direction to fix this?
    >>
    >> Thanks.
    >
    > I wouldn't be suprised if your wife is a key factor in this whole
    > thing.

    Joepie toch! :o)

    --
    M.f.G.
    Michael Kimmer

    "Ein Tag an dem Du nicht lächelst ist ein verlorener Tag"
    "Eine Nacht in der Du nicht schläfst ist eine verschlafene Nacht"
  5. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.misc,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

    Look at the contents of the Event Viewer for possible errors.

    On 8 Jul 2004 17:40:48 -0700, andrew@andrewsteiger.com (andrew) wrote:

    >I was wondering if anyone could take a couple seconds and help me out.
    > I have a PC running Win XP Pro, AMD Athlon XP 1500, 1 GB of RAM, and
    >a 80 GB Maxtor HD. Over the last few months, my computer has started
    >to lock up on me with the HD light constantly lit. When my wife uses
    >the computer, she says it has never locked up. I actually reinstalled
    >Windows and have gotten the same problem. Can anybody lead me in a
    >direction to fix this?
    >
    >Thanks.
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