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Old 05-20-2009, 12:46 AM   #1
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Hi,

So basically I am starting to get a little frustrated with my problem.

The problem is essentially performance. Generally on the first boot, my computer is taking several minutes to boot up to the desktop. Once the system has booted it takes a while to run any programs. I only built this computer 3 weeks ago and have had the trouble since about the 4-5th day of having it.

After the first boot, the system doesn't give the performance I would expect, but at least it is running rather smoothly. It just seems to be the first cold boot.

After slowly weeding my way through various parts, I thought the problem laid within the motherboard, but no. I replaced the motherboard and still the same problem. I replaced the power supply with a greater power throughput, still the same problem. I changed the hard drive, still the same problem.

I am getting the the stage where I have absolutely no idea what could be causing this.

System configuration:

Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L (ASUS P5KPL-CM)
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400
4GB PC-6400 Kingston RAM
GIGABYTE HD 4350 Graphics card
160 SATA Seagate HDD
Thermaltake 430w PSU (Previously SHAW 750w PSU)
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:50 AM   #2
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Did you do a fresh install of the operating system after assembling the computer?
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:52 AM   #3
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Did you do a fresh install of the operating system after assembling the computer?
Yes, I originally installed XP and everything was fine for a few days. Then the problem started and I installed XP and then Windows 7 and still the same problem.
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:55 AM   #4
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Have you tested the memory at all? If you have multiple sticks, try booting with one at a time.

You can use this utility to test the memory: Memtest86+
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:00 AM   #5
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Download and run HDTune.

It may be your hard drive.
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Have you tested the memory at all? If you have multiple sticks, try booting with one at a time.

You can use this utility to test the memory: Memtest86+
Yes, I tried booting one at a time with the RAM, didn't seem to make a difference. I tried to run memtest, but for some reason it won't boot lol. I shall probably try this again.

I will run both programs and see what the results are.

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Download and run HDTune.

It may be your hard drive.
HD Tune: ST3160815AS Health

ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status
(01) Raw Read Error Rate 116 100 6 113350000 Ok
(03) Spin Up Time 97 97 0 0 Ok
(04) Start/Stop Count 100 100 20 73 Ok
(05) Reallocated Sector Count 97 97 36 155 Ok
(07) Seek Error Rate 37 36 30 2817199 Ok
(09) Power On Hours Count 100 100 0 91 Ok
(0A) Spin Retry Count 100 69 97 0 Failed
(0C) Power Cycle Count 100 100 20 82 Ok
(BB) (unknown attribute) 1 1 0 2226 Ok
(BD) (unknown attribute) 92 92 0 8 Ok
(BE) Airflow Temperature 59 55 45 690356265 Ok
(C2) Temperature 41 45 0 41 Ok
(C3) Hardware ECC Recovered 75 70 0 77686643 Ok
(C5) Current Pending Sector 90 89 0 219 Ok
(C6) Offline Uncorrectable 90 89 0 219 Ok
(C7) Ultra DMA CRC Error Count 200 200 0 0 Ok
(C8) Write Error Rate 100 253 0 0 Ok
(CA) TA Counter Increased 99 252 0 1 Ok

Power On Time : 91
Health Status : Failed

Sorry about the formatting =[

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Hmm. . .

Try running Seagate's diagnostic utility: SeaTools for Windows
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Great minds tend to think alike AR. He has an WD drive in his sig data.

Get Western Digital's diag software from their site and run it. That will be the final word.
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Scanned the drive with the Seatools utility:

SMART - Passed
Short DST - Passed
Long DST - Failed
Short Generic - Passed
Long Generic - Failed
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Scanned the drive with the Seatools utility:

SMART - Passed
Short DST - Passed
Long DST - Failed
Short Generic - Passed
Long Generic - Failed
try running it in DOS, from what I've Googled the Windows version sometimes gives false failure readings...
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