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Newbie can't fiqure out what this is?

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Hi Gang:
I need some help in understanding my computer and some of the reasons why it is running slow. Some of the reasons has been answered in previous posts, but here is something I do not understand and need some help.
When I right click on My Computer, then click on the device manager, then click on the lower left corner "properties" then click on the input/output (I/O). I get information regarding my devices, but there is about 250-300 lines with the following:

Alias of Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)

Alias of SiS 5513 Dual Pci IDE controller

Alias Trident 9685/9680/9682/9385/9382/9385-1 PCI

:confused: What are these lines? Are they important? Should they be removed to improve my computer processing speed?
I have the following configuration:
Computer is original HP configuration except network card for AT&T cable modem, 2 gig slave hard drive, scanner and palm pilot

HP Pavilion 4440
AMD 333mhz
256 Mb Ram
Win 98 Version 2
AT&T cable modem
4.3 gig hard drive
McAfee virus scan updated weekly, if possible.
Only original HP softwares and my company softwares placed by company IT techs.
Thanks for your help.
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Are these llines repeating? This line: Alias Trident 9685/9680/9682/9385/9382/9385-1 PCI represents your video card. The other 2 involve your IDE hard disk controller. See what everyone else has to say before you delete this!
Lines are repeating

Hi Midnight Tech and anyone else that can help me:

The lines are repeating,
Alias of Primary IDE controller (dual fifo) --repeated 200-250 times
Alias of SiS 5513 dual PCI IDE controller --repeated 200-250 times
Alias of TRIDENT 9685/9680/9682/9385/9382/9385-1 PCI --repeated 100-150 times
Perhaps these are the things that is taking up all of my system resources?
What problems will these Alias cause?
Thanks for your help.
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You can delete the exact same line if its repeating. Make sure to delete only lines that repeat EXACTLY. This really probably wont speed up your system that much in the long run. A more pressing matter would be to determine why they got the way they did in the first place. Id run a Virus scan with recent Defs. (My standard response to sudden-abnormal computer problems) But I figure go with what works the most. :)
(My standard response to sudden-abnormal computer problems

And a good one, may I add!
The tech is in:
Thanks for the info, I have been running McAfee Virus with the latest virus def weekly for the past 6 months, and so far no infected files.
Any other possibility why this is happening?
Any harm in just leaving them, without deleting them?
Thanks for your response

If your not having any problems you should just leave them there. No reason to fix something that isn't broken. :)

I can think of a few reasons why this could have happened besides viruses, mostly relating to Windows OS hick-ups, Windows thinking the hardware hasn't been installed yet on startup etc..

But again, if it still works leave 'um, you wont notice any speed increase by deleting them.
The tech is in

Hi The tech is in:
Thank you for your response, maybe it was a virus, I got attacked by the Sircam virus about 8 months ago, but I was able to eliminate it within 1 hour, but it may have deleted or corrupted a window file or something thus windows is attempting to reload the file, so all of the repeated lines.
Everything seems to be running fine, and good. But scandisk does find numerous errors and auto fixes them each week.
Any additional thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Thinking of buying a new computer soon, this AMD 333mhz is getting kind of old.
But scandisk does find numerous errors and auto fixes them each week.
Woah. File allocation table errors, boot sector or cluster errors?

Almost sounds like early signs of hard drive failure.

Thanks for your response. When I run scandisk, and it finds errors it does not indicate what type of error, correct? Or does it?
If it does, where do I look for the type of error?
It gives me the following information:
"Scandisk has found errors on your hard drive, and has fixed them automatically" or something to that effect.
Thanks again,

In the root directory of your "C" drive there should be a file named "ScanDisk.log" (unless you've turned off logging in scandisk.

Use Windows Explorer or My Computer to find this file then {right click} on it and select "Open" or "Open with NotePad". This will give you a detailed look at the errors scandisk has found.


P.S. - Depending on how logging is configured in scandisk, this file may be huge - if it is simply scroll to the bottom of the file and start reading up till you find a date showing when that scan was run. Proably a good idea to read two or three scans and compare.
Have you tried a safe recovery yet, with all the junk thats been going on with your system I would have nuked a long time ago. (My standard fix). If you do have bad clusters this wont really fix them. But it sounds like you may have software coruption from Virus issues and such.
twas: I ran scandisk.log and the last and only entry was on 6/25/02 which I ran and "scandisk found no errors" previously there were errors but it was not logged into scandisk.log
Thanks for your response, Steven.

thedeuce75: no bad clusters, and you are correct the software corruption is a very valid issue. I haven't do the safe recovery yet as it need to be done by my company IT, since it contains company's software including the win98 version 2 that the IT department has. Instead of nuking the system, I will just buy a new computer soon.
Thanks for your response
Well, thats a sure fix....but if your in a pinch you can do it yourself.
get the hard drive maker....when the system boots and it detects the drive....go to the website and down load the diagnostics to check the drive...put that issue to rest

and as far as it not telling you the errors before you run scandisk ....remove the check to automaticlly fix errors

I like to have copies of the last 3-4 scan in my scandisk log, so I set my"Log" setting to "Append To" in "Advanced".

I imagine everyone has their own ideas about what scandisk settings to use and about how often to run scandisk, but if you run it has often as do (normal scan nightly - surface scan weekly) it is an excellent early warning system if things start going wrong.

Thanks thedeuce75,doonz,twas for the great information and help.
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