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Help! Can't open "My Computer" folder, slow file behavior

by Brendan_SB / June 30, 2006 5:31 AM PDT

Hello, recently I have been having problems with my system. I can't access the "my computer" folder; attempting to do so causes explorer to freeze. Also, whenever I try to open an audio, video, or image file, or simply try to right-click or delete one, there is a delay of about 10-15 seconds. I can't think of any particular recent event that could have caused this, does anyone have any ideas?

I have windows xp pro and I built my own pc
athlon xp 2400+
1gb kingston ram
nvidia geforce4 ti4200 8x
creative sb live! sound card
80gb maxtor, 140gb maxtor hard drives

Thank you!

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Reply to: Help!
by caktus / June 30, 2006 7:57 AM PDT
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Still in trouble
by Brendan_SB / June 30, 2006 8:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Reply to: Help!

Thank you for the response. I checked and DMA mode was already enabled, and cleaning out temp did not help either. Any other ideas?

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Cleanup Steps To Take
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 30, 2006 10:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Still in trouble

Click on the link below and follow ALL of the steps listed. They include a number of procedures including scanning for spyware and it may take a while to perform all the steps. Still, it should allow the computer to run smoother and correctly:

Cleanup Things to Do

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Still the same
by Brendan_SB / June 30, 2006 3:35 PM PDT
In reply to: Cleanup Steps To Take

Thank you for the replies. However, this does not appear to be a performance issue, as programs and other things work normally, while what I described continues to occur. I scanned for spyware and viruses and that turned up empty. Frankly, I'm at a loss to explain or even guess what's happening, but it isn't something I'm willing to deal with. Are there any other suggestions or ideas? I am open to anything.

Thanks!

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But Did You Try...??
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 2, 2006 4:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Still the same

..the cleanup steps mentioned, INCLUDING disk defrag and "Error Checking/Chkdsk"?? Combined, thet will organize and "fix" file errors that might be causing the issue.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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RE: DMA mode was already enabled
by caktus / July 1, 2006 2:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Still in trouble

As the instructions mention at the end of #4:

? Change the selection from ''DMA if available'' to PIO only, and click OK.

? Then repeat the steps above to change the selection to DMA if Available

That is, change the setting to ''PIO'' and left click ''OK''. Then change it back to ''DMA'' and left click ''OK'' to reset the Current Transfer Mode.

Though this is not necessarily the problem this particular time you'll find that when the computer slowes down sometimes it will pay to perform this proceedure.

I hope this helps.

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