archcommus Posted November 25, 2004 Share Posted November 25, 2004 Hello, the specs of my system can be seen here (the Main system). Recently I have had issues with very bad boot times (well over a minute, about 20-30 passes of the bar on the XP loading screen and about a four to five second hang on the screen with Verifying DMI Pool Data at the bottom), very slow transfers of files to, from, and within my hard drive (a mere 500-600 KB/sec most of the time), and stuttering and locking up of Half-Life 2. I wasn't sure what this could be due to, so I went ahead and formatted my system, and reinstalled XP SP2. To my dismay, not much had changed. I was told it could either be a dying HDD or a bad stick of memory, so I ran a diagnostic tool on my HDD, and everything came back okay. Then I decided to give Memtest a go. After running for only a few minutes it produced one error. So I tried only my first stick of memory in the first slot. Again, one error. I then tried the second stick by itself in the first slot - completed two full passes with no errors (two passes took about 26 minutes). Then I tried booting up with just that one stick in, and it was lightning fast. No screen at all with DMI Pool Data at the bottom, and only 4.5 passes of the blue bar on the XP loading screen. I also experimented by copying a 2.49 GB folder from one partition to another on my HDD, and it went at about 10 MB/sec, as opposed to 500 KB/sec before. I also tried playing HL2 some, and there were no stuttering issues, and no locking up. I went ahead and tried putting the other stick back in again in conjunction with the first stick, and although the boot times did not get long right away, I did get Memtest errors again, and HL2 did start to stutter and lock up again. Then, after running this way for a few hours, suddenly my boot times got bad again. I pulled the second stick and, again, it was fine. So I think it's obvious that one stick of memory is bad. Thanks for any help. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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