Weird Issue

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  1. 94civicEX

    94civicEX New Member

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    For the last few days my computer has been really odd.

    Basically I'll be on it for 5-10 minutes, then anytime I try to run a new application or open anything outside of currently running programs, it won't do anything. Computer doesn't freeze, just won't open any new windows.

    I booted in SafeMode and scanned with AVG and didn't find anything. Last week my audio drivers disappeared, but came back after I rebooted.

    I really am confused, I do have those stupid "Low Disk Space" warnings on all 3 of my drives, which I'm about to turn off via a registry edit. The "activity" light on my computer is constantly on and my connectivity light on my modem has been constantly flashing whether my computer is on or off...any ideas?
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Wait, you have 3 drives but you have low disk space warnings? Are they in fact full?
     
  3. Schproda

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    No doubt, if they're low, things won't run. I had one today the printers wouldn't spool or show up at times, and the printer panel wouldn't open. I installed SP2 and restarted....good to go.
     
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    Yea they are all low. I cleared to 200mb on my OS drive and it got quicker of course, but it's still freezing up.

    For instance if I have task manager open watching stuff, it ends up freezing. Seems like explorer.exe is freezing maybe?

    Win+L doesn't work, pretty much anything launched from the OS drive.

    Had notepad open a little after I booted. Hit Save and the program froze, alt+tabbed and it brought up a "server busy" prompt, chose switch to, did nothing and notepad is still not responding.
     
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    There is no room for temp space. Delete some of your pr0n, MP3s and warez and you'll be able to use your computer again.
     
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    94civicEX New Member

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    I'd been running for months on this much and less space :hsd:.

    Earlier after everything went haywire it just showed my background and my mouse, that was it :eek4:.
     
  7. deusexaethera

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    It doesn't matter. You need to have about 10% free space on each hard drive for it to work properly -- and 10% is only enough space if the hard drive is defragged on a regular basis. From the state of things on your computer I'm guessing the drives haven't been defragged in a while. Clean a few gigabytes of stuff out, and then see if your computer works any better.
     
  8. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Are you clearing by deleting files? It's important that you only delete the files you KNOW you don't need - as opposed to system files. I had a friend that would delete any file if he didn't know what it did. Trouble is, he didn't know a lot about Windows so he'd delete necessary .dll or other files. He had very strange behavior....I hope you are not deleting the same way as my friend.

    Your problems could stem from your low HD or a virus. Since your HDs are so low on space, then you may have actually filled them up (while using them) then when you tried to save, there wasn't any room to save and the system crashed. This can cause all sorts of problems with your system. If you are not running an Anti-Virus program you should because viruses can cause horrible problems that are sometimes impossible to fix.

    Just so you know, I keep my main system HD at 50% full or less (the one with the operating system on it). This greatly improves my performance and ensures I have adequate space to do what I need. HDs are cheep these days. I think I saw where you can get 200gb HD for around $50. You should seriously think about upgrading your drives.

    Prolly the quickest fix for you is to back up your data, get a new HD for your main system drive, then reinstall your OS. Sometimes just starting over is faster then trying to troubleshoot goofy problems. g/l
     
  9. Why

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    That has nothing to do with his problem. I dealt with this problem before. Try going to "msconfig" or something to see what the hell's wrong with your square. (Click Start, Hit Run, Type "msconfig.") No quotes or period.

    You can use X-Setup or some Windows tweaking software to solve the problem.

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    Drive Space doesn't limit opening windows.. I think that's one of those blue-screen processes running on your computer. Also, try disabling anything that you don't need in msconfig. Some processes mess with your registry and limit some of the things you do on the computer.
     
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    Nothing? LMAO!! If you don't have room for the swap file to grow and temp file space you're screwed, plain and simple.

    You're also assuming everyone can look at registry entries and play with them to resolve a problem.
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    The swap file should be set to a fixed size that the computer is not allowed to change. Otherwise it scatters little pieces of itself all over the hard drive and it slows WAY down.

    I've found that Windows XP works well with a swap file = 2GB - how much RAM you have. If you have more than 2GB of RAM, it's highly unlikely that you'd need a swap file at all. I don't have one.
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    If the guy's hard drives are full, then he's probably got an assload of files (like several hundred thousand of them) and it can take a looong time for the table of contents to get chased down and loaded into memory.
     
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    Still, Why might be on to something. The Code Red Worm caused a lot of these same exact problems for me. Being sheltered in the safe world of Macs as I now am, I can't remember, but there are like 5 essential processes to leave checked in msconfig. Uncheck the rest, then run a comprehensive threat scan and get rid of whatever malware is causing the problem.

    If that doesn't fix it, get a new HD, boot from that, and move some shit onto that volume so the others aren't too far over capacity. DEFRAG ALL OF THEM REPEATEDLY and you should be OK.
     
  14. Nefarious77

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    I'd start fresh and do a new install. I'm sure you've got tons of things on there that haven't been used in years. Start fresh and only install what you need. You'll probably gain a few gigs back of space.
     
  15. deusexaethera

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    Alternately...

    1. Run a Search operation for all files named "*.*" that haven't been modified in a year.

    2. Highlight all of the files that the Search operation finds.

    3. Press Alt+Enter, click on the "Advanced..." button in the Properties window, and check the checkbox called "Compress these files..."

    4. Click OK and tell the computer to apply the new setting to all files and subfolders.

    5. Come back next week and see how much extra space you freed up.
     
  16. deusexaethera

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    If you buy Norton Speed Disk (part of the Norton Utilities suite), you don't need to defrag repeatedly. Speed Disk is a much better defragmenter than the built-in Windows defragger is, though the Windows defragger is fine if you use it a couple of times a month.
     
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    Wow, I've never heard of someone being so numb to go ahead and delete/remove thing that they knew nothing about. Usually when someone encounters something they don't know about they leave it alone. He deserves a :slap:
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    He was a complete idiot and wanted me to "fix" his system. I told him to throw it away cuz he was too stupid to own a computer. haha you should have seen the look on his face, I thought he was going to punch me. I spent a little time talking with him after he calmed down and it seems he was ultra paranoid - perhaps it was all the booze he was drinking. He thought the govt had put all these files on his computer to spy on him. :)
     
  19. deusexaethera

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    Well, when you download kiddie porn, you deserve to be spyed on. :hsugh:
     
  20. 94civicEX

    94civicEX New Member

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    Thanks for the responses.

    I have edited the registry to not show me that my drives are low. I also defragged as much as possible with the little space available. Cleared up a little space. I also configured my startup in msconfig more than I already had.

    I have AVG Free, scanned with that and also scanned with PandaScan and nothing. Tried to run adaware but it froze, but I'll try it again since I did this.

    It's still freezing up, but lasts a lot longer. I have a 250gb hdd sitting on my desk, but i have and borrowed copy of SP1 so I can't update. Apparantely there is an issue with drive space recognition.

    My current 40gb drive is partitioned. 8gb for the os and the rest to files. Have an additional 20gb drive for storage that is full.
     
  21. deusexaethera

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    The drive space limit only applies to non-Service-Packed versions of Windows. You'll be fine with SP1, as long as you're computer doesn't get worms.
     
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    :noes:, I dunno, I'm lazy lol. Gotta get another copy of windoze.
     

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