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February 1, 2013 11:58:57 PM

This morning I started up my computer and noticed incredibly slow performance. I was playing a game and it was running with low fps and would have input lag spikes, which is completely atypical.

Feeling as if it could be something wrong with the way my build was set up, I decided to have a look inside, moved some things around and tried booting again. The computer would turn on, reach the opening bios screen, then turn off. Subsequent attempts to power the computer on again was met with immediate powering down.

I looked online for similar problems and nobody had the exact same problem I was having. Nonetheless, I attempted a solution posted somewhere of loosening my mobo's connection to the case. I took it one step further, and completely rebuilt my computer.

The good news is that now my computer boots windows successfully and I can run programs, even games. The bad news is that I still have very much depreciated performance. I noticed my CPU status program (usually tells me exactly my clock speed, core temperature, and memory usage perfectly) was acting strangely, and saying that my CPU was clocking at 2k MHz, instead of 3k. Also, the program says my core temps are upper 90 degree C for cores 1-3 and -27 degree C for core 4.

I decided to look in bios to see if maybe the settings were askew, and they were. My bios set my core multiplier or whatever to 6x where its default 9x. I set it back to 9x, booted, and the thing still runs slow.

I really don't know what else to do I'm running virus scans they're finding nothing other than just typical tracking cookies.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Specs:
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 260
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_05E2&SUBSYS_34C81458&REV_A1
Display Memory: 2668 MB
Dedicated Memory: 877 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (61Hz)
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: P35-DS3P
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Extreme CPU Q6850 @ 3.00GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4094MB RAM
Page File: 2681MB used, 5505MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode
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February 2, 2013 12:07:48 AM

Hi :) 

Run a hard drive test in DOS... HIRENS BOOT CD etc, it sounds like a failing hard drive...

All the best Brett :) 
February 2, 2013 12:37:21 AM

So now I tried to reset my bios back to default settings, and my computer now won't even turn on. I turn it on, it acts like its going to start up, then turns off again. Is there any way to set my bios to a working mode or something? Like reset bios? I can't even get on my computer anymore.
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February 2, 2013 12:47:43 AM

kwashlin said:
So now I tried to reset my bios back to default settings, and my computer now won't even turn on. I turn it on, it acts like its going to start up, then turns off again. Is there any way to set my bios to a working mode or something? Like reset bios? I can't even get on my computer anymore.



Hi :) 

REMOVE the Bios battery ..WAIT 2 minutes ..then put it back in...this will reset the bios to defaults... then back in Bios and set it all again...

All the best Brett :) 
February 2, 2013 1:44:37 AM

Thanks for the info with the battery, works now. But I still have the same performance issue.

I ran the HDD scan with Hiren's boot cd and I get an error for only one of my drives.

Full report for drive with error:


Model: WDC WD1600AAJS-00M0A0
Firmware: 01.03E01
Serial: WD-WMAV34354321
LBA: 312579695

Report By: HDDScan for Windows version 3.3
Report Date: 2/1/2013 10:40:48 PM

Num Attribute Name Value Worst Raw(hex) Threshold

001 Raw Read Error Rate 200 200 0000000000-0000 051

003 Spin Up Time 135 129 0000000000-109A 021

004 Start/Stop Count 098 098 0000000000-0A91 000

005 Reallocation Sector Count 200 200 0000000000-0000 140

007 Seek Error Rate 100 253 0000000000-0000 000

009 Power-On Hours Count 073 073 0000000000-4E34 000

010 Spin Retry Count 100 100 0000000000-0000 000

011 Recalibration Retries 100 100 0000000000-0000 000

012 Device Power Cycle Count 099 099 0000000000-065D 000

192 Emergency Retract Count 200 200 0000000000-012C 000

193 Load/unload Cycle Count 200 200 0000000000-0A91 000

194 HDA Temperature 117 108 26 C 000

196 Reallocation Event Count 200 200 0000000000-0000 000

197 Current Pending Errors Count 200 200 0000000000-0000 000

198 Uncorrectable Errors Count 100 253 0000000000-0000 000

199 UltraDMA CRC Errors 200 200 0000000000-0030 000

200 Multi Zone Error Rate 100 253 0000000000-0000 000


Field 199 is the one with the error, the notification of this was not copied with the text.
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