Performance Issues (suspect memory)

So I've been getting some pretty bad performance issues recently, I re-installed my os but the issue persists.

I get random slowdowns when performing basic tasks like alt tabbing. Last time I alt tabbed my screen stayed black for so I ctrl+alt+del and it took about 2 minutes to show the screen, and the mouse was extremely laggy so I couldn't easily get to the "start task manager" button. I just left the room to get something to eat and when I came back my pc was running normally again.


I don't have much in terms of errors to reference, except for this one from Chrome when I opened a new tab.

"The instruction at 0x0ba4d338 referenced memory at 0x0ba4d338 the memory could not be written"


http://ghost4000.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-pc-specs-updated.html
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  1. This might be a issue other than the memory, even if google chrome tells you an Memory Error, it might be simply an software error or an runtime error.

    When does it lag? What lags? The mouse?
    Are you sure that it isn't an virus that eats up all your CPU's Cycles?
  2. Well I run comodo antivirus and nothing shows up. But I suppose it could be.

    As I stated I re installed the entire OS and the issue persists.

    The mouse slows down, sometimes windows are "not responding" and come back a little while later. Simple things like skype not responding, windows media player not responding etc. Yet my games run fine.
  3. It may be an serious Hard Drive Issue, try an S.M.A.R.T. Monitor (google it), if there are errors like "Reallocated Sector Count > 0" or "Spin-Up time > 10000ms", your Hard Drive may be failing and you should replace it and backup your files ASAP.

    Try task manager "alt-control-delete" and tell me your CPU and RAM utilization.
  4. I'm not sure what any of this means.


    C:\Program Files (x86)\smartmontools\bin>smartctl -a C:\
    smartctl 5.42 2011-10-20 r3458 [i686-w64-mingw32-win7(64)] (sf-win32-5.42-1)
    Copyright (C) 2002-11 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net

    === START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
    Model Family: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9
    Device Model: ST3120811AS
    Serial Number: 6PT1MBMX
    Firmware Version: 3.AAE
    User Capacity: 120,034,123,776 bytes [120 GB]
    Sector Size: 512 bytes logical/physical
    Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
    ATA Version is: 7
    ATA Standard is: Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated
    Local Time is: Sun Feb 26 17:14:40 2012 CST
    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
    SMART support is: Enabled

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

    General SMART Values:
    Offline data collection status: (0x82) Offline data collection activity
    was completed without error.
    Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
    Self-test execution status: ( 0) The previous self-test routine completed

    without error or no self-test has ever
    been run.
    Total time to complete Offline
    data collection: ( 430) seconds.
    Offline data collection
    capabilities: (0x5b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
    Auto Offline data collection on/off supp
    ort.
    Suspend Offline collection upon new
    command.
    Offline surface scan supported.
    Self-test supported.
    No Conveyance Self-test supported.
    Selective Self-test supported.
    SMART capabilities: (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
    power-saving mode.
    Supports SMART auto save timer.
    Error logging capability: (0x01) Error logging supported.
    General Purpose Logging supported.
    Short self-test routine
    recommended polling time: ( 1) minutes.
    Extended self-test routine
    recommended polling time: ( 51) minutes.

    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_
    FAILED RAW_VALUE
    1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f 112 094 006 Pre-fail Always -
    49338434
    3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0003 095 095 000 Pre-fail Always -
    0
    4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0032 099 099 020 Old_age Always -
    1940
    5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 036 Pre-fail Always -
    5
    7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000f 089 060 030 Pre-fail Always -
    889682245
    9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 076 076 000 Old_age Always -
    21757
    10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 097 Pre-fail Always -
    0
    12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 020 Old_age Always -
    946
    187 Reported_Uncorrect 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always -
    0
    189 High_Fly_Writes 0x003a 100 100 000 Old_age Always -
    0
    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022 062 048 045 Old_age Always -
    38 (Min/Max 22/42)
    194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0022 038 052 000 Old_age Always -
    38 (0 11 0 0 0)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered 0x001a 060 055 000 Old_age Always -
    242152210
    197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always -
    0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0010 100 100 000 Old_age Offline -
    0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x003e 200 200 000 Old_age Always -
    0
    200 Multi_Zone_Error_Rate 0x0000 100 253 000 Old_age Offline -
    0
    202 Data_Address_Mark_Errs 0x0032 100 253 000 Old_age Always -
    0

    SMART Error Log Version: 1
    No Errors Logged

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1

    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
    SPAN MIN_LBA MAX_LBA CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
    1 0 0 Not_testing
    2 0 0 Not_testing
    3 0 0 Not_testing
    4 0 0 Not_testing
    5 0 0 Not_testing
    Selective self-test flags (0x0):
    After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.


    C:\Program Files (x86)\smartmontools\bin>
  5. These three scans are indicating that your Hard Drive is going to fail pretty soon :

    1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f 112 094 006 Pre-fail Always - 49338434
    7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000f 089 060 030 Pre-fail Always - 889682245
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered 0x001a 060 055 000 Old_age Always - 242152210

    I don't know if it is an software bug, but to be sure, download AIDA64 (Windows Software), go to the Storage section, then the SMART sub-section.

    Then report back the "Value" and "Data" of these three Attributes :

    Raw Read Error Rate
    Seek Error Rate
    Hardware ECC Recovered
  6. Basically Any of these three values should be at 0 for an healthy HDD. (less than 5 Years of usage)

    Raw Read Error Rate
    Seek Error Rate
    Hardware ECC Recovered

    But your Hard Drive is Indicating :ouch:

    Raw Read Error Rate - 49338434
    Seek Error Rate - 889682245
    Hardware ECC Recovered - 242152210

    Which is very worrisome since it means that your Hard Drive have a lot of Read/Write errors going on... :fou:

    If the AIDA64 tests turn Positive too, I would strongly recommend you to Back Up All of your important Data Immediately.
    If it is an new Hard Drive, RMA it.
    If it is an old one, buy another, since there are very cheap 500GB HDDs now.
  7. bloc97, how can you call an $85 500GB HDD cheap when 6 months ago it was about half that price?
    Must be bloc 97's Theory of Relativity.
  8. DelroyMonjo said:
    bloc97, how can you call an $85 500GB HDD cheap when 6 months ago it was about half that price? ...


    85$ is cheap enough, especially when 2 years ago they were around 190$...

    DelroyMonjo said:
    ...Must be bloc 97's Theory of Relativity.


    Lol... :lol:
  9. So I guess this isn't so good.




    http://imageshack.us/f/846/screenshot005cd.png/


    As a side note, thanks for al the help so far bloc
  10. Yep, I really don't know why they still think that your Drive Passes Even after all those Seek Error Rates, but give a warning with 5 Re-Allocated Sector Count...

    Is that drive really old? If it isn't it may be an manufacturer's issue, guess not since the Power Cycles are really low...

    There is really a problem with your drive since it already lost 100MB of data with 5 re-allocated sectors...
  11. Well I ordered a new HDD.
  12. xGhost4000x said:
    Well I ordered a new HDD.


    Good luck and I hope you will resolve your issue! :)
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