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Windows 7: PC case upgrade gone wrong, need help. Hardware/software problem.

20 Jul 2012   #1
BigDaddy0790

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
PC case upgrade gone wrong, need help. Hardware/software problem.

Fisrt, I'll re-post my message from another site:
Okay guys, here is the deal: I bought a GTX 680 as a replacement to 570, it didn't fit. Yesterday I got a new case, Corsair 650D, and installed everything into it with only new part being the 680. Mobo is Asus p8p67 B3 and cpu is intel 2600k. Also got 3 HDDs, 500Gb old one, and two more or less new 1TBs one of which is my system drive. Upon installing everything I tried booting. Before that everything lit up, including my power button LED, however when I pressed it nothing happened. I obviously connected something wrong but after messing with the cables just used my mobo button, it booted up. However upon booting I faced another problem - EXTREMELY slow Windows 7. Boot up takes couple of minutes which is fine, but the system itself is barely moving. Don't get me wrong, it's the HDD. Animations and buttons and everything works fine but takes a LOT of time to load. Folder icons take some 30 seconds to start appearing, browser boots up for 30 minutes and then loads pages for hours, that kind of thing. Programs boot for minutes. I got 8 gigs of RAM like before but it's not being used at all unless some program finally opens. CPU is also under 1% load most of the time. I thought that it had something to do with cables and ports I used to conmect HDDs, since I do not remember the positions they were in with the old case, but after trying few combinations it didn't help. Also, installition of drivers took windows minutes for each, and about 30 mins for display driver. At this point I'm completely lost. Do I gotta install some drivers after re-connecting stuff to mobo? What the hell is the problem?

After posting that I thought that I solved it. A year ago I had a similar problem after updating mobo to this one - I connected my HDD to Marvell not Intel SATA port, so not using Marvell solved it. Yesterday after doing that it looked alright - Windows 7 booted normally and the OS itself loaded programs almost like usual. I decided to do a restart just in case - same problem. Switched HDD connection cables around, it felt to load faster again, then slowed down with time. Chrome which has 50+ tabs loaded them for some 15 mins instead of seconds sitting at "waiting for cache" forever or very long, clearing it didn't help. Other programs worked fine but I needed Chrome so I restarted - Windows won't start at all, giving me 0xc0000225 or device inaccessible. That happened a few times, absolutely randomly. Sometimes when I disabled Marvell port in BIOS (which is empty), sometimes when I enabled it, sometimes when I simply restarted. At this point I'm so lost I'm thinking of a new mobo or clean Windows install (which I REALLY don't want to do especially since I'm leaving on 23rd for 2 weeks), but I have this thought, can PSU cause this if it can't provide enough power because of a new card/case fans? I didn't try connecting old GPU yet.

All of the above is a re-post, this is new: Now I realize that all of the failed Windows 7 boots were my fault, I forgot to change boot priority in BIOS. So only problem is slow HDD performance. I'm currently typing from my more or less old laptop. A friend of mine who's been building PCs for quite some time payed me a visit a bit earlier today, said everything in the build was solid and we just swapped more HDD ports around once again which didn't help, so problem is still here. Tried swapping GPU to the old one, no help. We also put in new SATA connection cables while friend was here, no help. I also tried booting without any other HDDs or DVD drive, no help. Just to sum it up like before - Windows overall acts slow but once something is loaded it's more or less okay, by that I mean that GPU/CPU are clearly fine, yesterday when I thought it was okay I got my internet shut down (quite a coincidence) so I decided to test GPU by launching Crysis Warhead which gave me 100 fps maxed out, GPU being below 50 degrees. Although occasionally it stopped for a second or few, once again pointing at HDD problem. Any driver install also takes forever. And Chrome barely loads anything sitting at "waiting for cache". Any help at all would be GREATLY appreciated, I'd be very happy to solve this today-tomorrow before leaving for 2 weeks.
Anyhow, ideas? Also, sorry for any mistakes I made, I'm no native speaker of the language.

Update 1: Just swapped RAM sticks, no help. Looked at pics I took before the change, and they were set up differently from what I put them in the new case at first, two are green and two are blue. Before it was green-blue-green-blue, but I put them blue-green-blue-green by accident. Not that it matters though, problem is still here. Trying to run HDD diagnostic but with it taking 5 minutes to open Mozilla, I think this'll take a while.


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20 Jul 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigDaddy0790 View Post
So only problem is slow HDD performance
I would go to the HDD manufacturer's website and download their drive utility and run it.

In one or two sentences, in what way is the hard drive slow?
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20 Jul 2012   #3
BigDaddy0790

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigDaddy0790 View Post
So only problem is slow HDD performance
I would go to the HDD manufacturer's website and download their drive utility and run it.

In one or two sentences, in what way is the hard drive slow?
I think it's all explained up there, I can repeat or even take a video. Windows boots at least twice slower than usual. Once I see the desktop background it takes 20+ minutes to open all programs, usually in 1 minute I'm already browsing 50+ tab Chrome with everything opened and loaded. Any program lags even after being loaded - Skype hangs for few seconds after I type each message, browser hangs for few seconds whenever I press anything, even outside the webpage (settings button). Same goes for all programs.

I do think of downloading the utility, however with this kind of speed I'm not sure what it'll show and if it'll help, HDD is slow as is, plus it'll take a while. I also don't have results from my previous setup. Still, I'll try this out right when I finish swapping RAM sticks.
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20 Jul 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

A slow or sluggish system may have very little to do with the hard drive. It may be perfect.

Have you looked in Task Manager for information on the number of running processes or RAM utilization?

Have you looked in msconfig to see what programs are set to load on every startup?
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20 Jul 2012   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Fill in My System Specs completely.
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20 Jul 2012   #6
BigDaddy0790

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
A slow or sluggish system may have very little to do with the hard drive. It may be perfect.

Have you looked in Task Manager for information on the number of running processes or RAM utilization?

Have you looked in msconfig to see what programs are set to load on every startup?
Both first are fine, processes are 60-85 as usual, and RAM is used as usual too. I got a desktop widget showing amount of RAM and percentage of use, it was 8 gigs total with 1.5-2 topping when I'm idle, 5+ gigs used with fully opened browser, as usual.

I didn't check startup programs but they are all the same once opened. Just a few - Steam, Skype, Xfire, that's it if not including utilities like Asus thing for controller mobo temps as well as general monitoring with CPU fan control.
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20 Jul 2012   #7
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Like ignatzatsonic asked, have you downloaded the manufacturers hard drive diagnostic program? The symptoms you listed can be a sick or dying hard drive. ignatzatsonicignatzatsonic
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20 Jul 2012   #8
BigDaddy0790

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Like ignatzatsonic asked, have you downloaded the manufacturers hard drive diagnostic program? The symptoms you listed can be a sick or dying hard drive. ignatzatsonicignatzatsonic
That's what people suggested and that's what I thought, however how big of a coincidence is it then? I had a 500Gb drive for 3 years which is perfectly fine, but this nice 1TB system drive that's one year old is already dying without showing ANY signs of degradation lately? And it started RIGHT when I re-assembled my mobo in a new case? I don't think so. However I just downloaded and installed this SeaTools thingy, let's see how it goes. PC feels very responsive btw, until it comes to loading something
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20 Jul 2012   #9
BigDaddy0790

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Update 2: Tried using SeaTools for Windows by Seagate, their diagnostic utility. Tried short Generic test, it passed. Short drive self test (DST) failed. Both passed on my newer 1TB drive I just bought for storage. Should I take more tests or just try to fix it with the utility? Or just screw it and get a new drive instead of this one? I really don't want to do that.
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20 Jul 2012   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My suggestions would be. Make sure you have everything you want to save backup-ed. If possibel do a RMA on the hard drive. If I'm having 2nd thoughts about a component in one of my computers it gets replace one way or the other but that's just me. Do some research on which hard drive is known for reliability and go for it.
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