Hello, I noticed that the system was running very slow - so I ran a 3DMark which confirmed my suspicion. Loading maps in SC2 was very erratic - sometimes the same map took 5 seconds to load, other times 5 minutes. I am now reinstalling my OS but to my dismay I have just noticed that windows has been more than 3 hours to install the first 500mb of updates. Inter Explorer took 20 minutes to install alone?! My CPU is taxed almost 100% during this procedure - so it is either that or my HD. Loading the OS took ages as well. My system is moderately new (1+ year) - any input would be appreciated
Gigabyte x48 MB
Intel E8500 CPU
4gb 1066 memory
Samsung SpinPoint F1 640GB HDD
ATi 4870 gfx
My HDD is not full I have just formatted and reinstalled my OS (Vista x64)
Does a defrag do anything when I have just fomatted?
Also the installation of the OS on the clean HDD seemed to "hang" at the weirdest points - like when it asked asked what HDD I would like to install on (I only have one) I couldn't choose it for over 60 seconds because my PC was busy - but it wasn't doing anything other than waiting for my feedback. In any case it didn't hang like this when I first installed the OS over a year ago.
Looking at the samsung site - my HDD maker - I can see that their diagnostics tool does not support my harddrive model - it does support Spinpoint F1 but my exact model number is not one of the specified. Is there any other way to discern if my HDD has a problem - since I also don't have easy access to a test system?
By the way, at one point while restarting the system it simple shutdown while booting - I ran a "startup test" from from my OS installation disk and it didn't find a problem - is this consistent with faulty HDD?
Seems I may have to buy a new HDD. However could these symptoms be memory related? I ran the Vista memory check when booting from the install DVD and it found no problems - but I'm not sure if it can be trusted.
Just ran a Vista "Check disk" my PC. Crashed 10 seconds into the check - then the PC restarted, ran the check again and told me that there were no errors... Don't know if this is Vista's way of telling me theat something is definately very wrong ...
Have just tried a brand new HDD - it didn't help. Installing stuff still takes ages - and SC2 runs below 10fps - no matter what settings I use.
I have also experienced some random shutdowns of the system - not software crashes, but simple the system turning off as if I had pulled the power plug. (I have a 650W power supply - and it has worked perfectly for over a year)