Computer Help forum

General discussion

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

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!

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Help! Can't open "My Computer" folder, slow file behavior
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Help! Can't open "My Computer" folder, slow file behavior
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Reply to: Help!

In reply to: Help! Can't open "My Computer" folder, slow file behavior

Collapse -
Still in trouble

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?

Collapse -
Cleanup Steps To Take

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.


Collapse -
Still the same

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.


Collapse -
But Did You Try...??

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.


Collapse -
RE: DMA mode was already enabled

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.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Sublime suburban chariot

High on style and technology, the 2019 Volvo XC90 is an incredibly satisfying everyday crossover.