Serious full stuttering.
My system is:
Athlon XP 3000
ASUS a7n8x-e deluxe mobo
1Gb RAM (2 x 512 Infineon value)
Seagate S-ATA 160Gb HD
Hercules Radeon Prophet 9600 Pro
Two weeks ago while the hard disk was under heavy load the fuses (house) blew and since then I've had some serious stuttering. The stuttering is complete, as in every 10 seconds or so EVERYTHING stops (mouse, audio, video, etc) and the HD is doing the same sound over and over again. Most evident when playing games, but it can happen all over the startup process (as soon as the post has finished).
I have tried defragmenting, deep scanning for virii and spyware of all sorts. My PC is always up to date with the AV software (kaspersky), spyware (adaware pro) and I use zonealarm firewall.
NOTE: It does seem that it gets worse the more time the computer is on, eventually to not be able to restart at all until I leave the PC off for a while. The problem has been growin in intensity and frequency since it appeared. CHKDSK almost always gives back indexing / orphaned file errors since then. I have not been able to finalise the seagate DOS diagnostic utility for the HD, it always hangs at 80% and stays there for hours. Other windows based utilities report the same errors as CHKDSK: Sometimes Windows gives me a message of "a backup of the registry had to be restored....etc".
Until this moment the PC had been functioning flawlessly for almost 2 years (when I bought it). I assembled the system myself.
Thanks a lot for any tips, I have been trying almost everything that occurred to me for the last 10 days. Was planning to try out new HD tomorrow, but I'd have to buy one cause I have none spare hanging around.