yeah, same with my friend's laptop here.. It's an HP Pavilion dv1610TN, and there's something wrong with his storage system (I don't want to say his hard disk specifically, coz I'm not really sure). It's gone really slow whenever it tries to access the hard drive. Videos start becoming laggy, and opening folders take a really long time. Heck even opening the start menu takes some time. CPU usage is normal, even low. He just got this laptop somewhere in April/May this year (so it's still under warranty). Any ideas?
And yeah, just out of curiosity, I tried running a live Knoppix on the thing. Videos are somewhat better, yet still laggy anyway. Normally it's not like this.
I checked all settings, even BIOS (I even updated his BIOS). Still no change. Any ideas?
sorry, double post,pressed the wrong button . Was meant to edit the last post.
yeah, just wanted to say maybe should've put that in a new thread.
Hey... would ya look at that? XD
Check for DMA mode enabled. It happens sometimes...
Ctrl Pannel->System->Hardware->Device Manager->ATA/ATAPI Controlers->Properties of Primary IDE Controler->Advanced
Check the Secondary IDE Controler while your at it.
If it says PIO, try to change it to DMA and reboot.
If not... uhh... not sure right now. Other thoughts! XD
thanks to Silverwmoon!
Thanks for moving this to a new thread ^_^
DMA is enabled all right. It's in.. Multiword DMA Mode 2.
The laptop has an i945G Express family of chipset, with ICH7M as its I/O controller. I tried installing Intel's latest drivers for the chipset, updated its BIOS (hard drive transfer mode in the BIOS is running as SATA all right). Still not working.
Either the hard drive or the ICH7M. I tried taking the hard drive out, but it just won't easily slide out, and since it's still under warranty, I don't want to take any risks..
Laptop hard drives are often locked in with two screws and are usually in a cage.
incompatible software or driver? did you install something new?
either way, useee your waranty......oo wait if it is damage because of software that is not recommended by the manufacturer (I'm talking abt dell), they say they won't responsible for it, well that's dell policy, I know it's ridiculous, but yours (HP) maybe different.
Last edited by flash; 11-04-2006 at 09:50 AM.
Yeah, it's hard to get the cage itself out of the laptop itself, not risking it.. He said he would return it to HP for the warranty, if exams aren't coming. Ah well.. I guess there's no other way..
Maybe a whole restore would be a good thing.. But I need a way to get his files out of there first.
We didn't install anything new, the system was clean. The most probable cause I could think was overheating. Even so, wouldn't the system shut itself down when it overheats?
Thanks for all the suggestions so far everyone~~ Really appreciate it ^o^
A few thoughts:
Take a look at the system log in the event viewer. You might find some useful messages in there, like errors while reading certain areas of the hard drive, etc.
If the hard drive is dying you can sometimes hear it make odd sounds.
I've never touched an HP laptop before, but if it came with some sort of diagnostic utility (on disc, available as a boot option, or download from web site) then you can try that.
But yeah, it's your friend's computer and it's under warranty, so there's no point in spending too much effort (he won't be happy if you break it!). May as well let your friend try HP support.
got to be the hard drive or the controler.
If it won't run right in Knoppix either, then something is up. My laptop isn't that powerful, and there was still no problem with the 3g driver and video. Anything new enough to have a SATA HD in it should be ok.
Just return it when you get a chance. Not worth risking your warranty. Understood about class though. I'm having a problem with my DVD drive right now, and can't get it swapped till I get a break.
thanks to Silverwmoon!