I'm having some issues with my computer that I can not figure out for the life of me. I have two symptoms that are consistent. Two days ago, everything was working just fine. I had no problems whatsoever. Now, when I restart the computer, it takes a good seven minutes to boot up into windows. This is a machine that is 3.6GHz, 2 GB RAM that I built myself. There is no damn way it takes seven minutes to boot into Windows. Now, the sound is also choppy. I tried everything. I can live with the boot time, but I actually use this computer to do audio recording and reviewing work. I have to have good sound. I tried reinstalling the sound drivers, no luck. I tried switching ports for the soundcard, no luck. Then, I get an idea. I'm going to do something at least somewhat hard drive intensive while playing a song. So, I start playing music then open firefox. Bam, popping and choppy sound everywhere. It's at this point that I have to use every ounce of patience I have to not kick this piece of **** out the window.
So, has anyone have this problem? Any ideas at all? The latest thing is Windows installed one of those little updates and restarted without even asking me as usual. Could that be the culprit? What can cause choppy audio and slow slow startup times that can be correlated to an IDE HDD? I also defragged the HDD yesterday. It took a good 24 hours to complete.