This is for folks who are running XP System on their PCs.
Your computer might be infected with spyware/malaware,
unstable power supply, faulty RAM, HD with bad sectors,
pagefile/hibernation files become too bloated, etc, etc.
If you have checked and it's none of that and your PC is
still teetering between life and death, then you might be
suffering from a unique problem, like myself.
Here's how you can check it out for yourself:
01. Click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and
02. Go to Hardware --> Device Manager.
03. Open IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers :
There will be a Primary IDE Channel, and a Secondary IDE
Channel. Click on each of them, one-by-one, and choose
04. Go to the Advanced Settings and check to see if the
Transfer Mode & Current Transfer Mode is PIO or DMA ?.
05. If it is PIO, switch it to DMA (if available). Repeat the
same procedure with the Secondary IDE Channel, switching
the Transfer modes from PIO to DMA. If you cannot do that,
you will have to disable the driver. When you reboot the OS
will auto find the driver and deploy the DMA mode.
06. Now reboot your computer.
If you were on PIO (like I was for my Primary Channel), after
switching to DMA, you should see a marked improvement in
the stability of your PC. Actually, it is such an enormous improve-
ment that you'll think you just upgraded your computer.
I hope this helps out somebody out there. It really took some
doing to figure it out for myself.
Sheikh 'P.S.A' Chilli
PS: If somebody more familiar with this stuff can shed some
light on these two modes (PIO/DMA), it would be a great help.