Hello everyone, this is my first post here, I've searched for my problem around the forums, but found nothing, I'm sorry if it's solved and I haven't noticed it.
I've had this problem for about 2-3 months now and it's driving me mad. All the games have a random stutter (1-5 seconds freeze) when something new should be loaded (even some small critter), regardless of the graphic quality settings, even games from the 90's (Diablo 2). It also happens when I play ".avi" files, but not with ".mkv" and ".wmv" files.
I've noticed that during these freezes, processor usage drops significantly (sometimes even to 0%). At first I thought that it could be processor or graphics related so I updated all of my drivers but that changed nothing at all. Then I made a clean install of my Windows 7 x64 Home Premium only to find the stuttering waiting for me there again
I started suspecting the HDD and made a simple test. I played the same .avi file from the DVD player and it ran smooth like it should.
I've run chkdsk /f /r. I've scanned for bad sectors with third party software, there are none.
However, HDTune Pro (trial) shows these warnings:
- Reallocated Sector Count (35 35 10 1340) warning
- Reallocated Event Count (100 100 0 286) warning
the numbers are for: Current | Worst | Threshold | Data.
Also, the weirdest part is that while I run the error scan option of HDTune, the stuttering disappears completely!
I mean the HDD runs like it should, no stuttering, no freezing, games load faster and the FPS are like they should be - quite high and fluid! Once the scan is over - it's back again.
Use IMGBurn to create a CD from the SeaTools ISO CD Image file.
Now boot your PC from that CD (you may have to set "CD/DVD drive" as the first boot device in BIOS Setup if your system ignores the CD during boot up).
I left the most important bit till last - back up all your data to another drive or optical discs as soon as possible, preferrably before testing.
I would possibly replace the hard drive. You have bad sectors and the hard drive is running into errors that is more then what the drive can handle. Better to back up any data and clone the drive if possible. If you don't have a recovery or an OS disk to reinstall windows you'll need to have cloning software to keep your OS, otherwise you'll be spending money on a OS as well.