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13-06-2009, 06:13 PM
While I believe I may have sussed the issue and will buy a replacement drive next week, I was just wondering if anyone else was having a similar problem.

I'm terrible at describing things, but I shall do my best.

I have reinstalled Windows on this PC around 4 times. I run WoW from a Slave drive in order to save time on re-installing when something goes wrong, however things are not working well. For the past couple of months I have been hearing a 'click' noise from the drive bay, the mouse freezes and the game just locks up. I thought that maybe the Slave drive was on its way out so I removed it altogether and reinstalled WoW onto the Master drive.

Logging into game things seemed okay, but no it did it again; a 'click' and a complete lock up. If the slave was on its way out, the 'click of death' was the signal, yet the Master drive does the same. I'm guessing it's the Master drive that's snookered and even though WoW was on the Slave drive it still caused the PC to lock up. I am unclear though how this would happen. They are/were both on the same ribbon, does WoW use the Master drive even when the install is on the Slave?

I don't get any problems with any other games, BF2/BF1942/TF2/HL2 ect. I'm guessing the Master drive's fookered and I need a new one, just odd it's only WoW it does it with. Out of interest, is there anything else that could cause this?


14-06-2009, 10:41 AM
Try defragging the drives, a technical problem on the drive is only linked to a certain sector if everything else is running on it fine. Then again if it's happened on both drives it may not even be the drive that's the problem.

14-06-2009, 10:46 AM
Run a Memtest to be sure it's not the RAM.

14-06-2009, 10:52 AM
I had the same problem when my old PCs GPU overheated, try installing RivaTuner and keep an eye on tempertures during gameplayer.

14-06-2009, 10:53 AM
Could be a number of things, if WoW is using a page file on the Master Drive then it could cause it to happen, provided WoW needs more page memory than the other games it could be hitting a bad sector fairly easily.

Memory is unlikely to be the issue but you never know.

Try changing the WoW options for mouse, I think it only really has Hardware Cursor though

14-06-2009, 11:06 AM
To Slicer: Running a Defrag now. I ran a Scandisk yesterday and Windows turned up no errors, although a few weeks ago it did and claimed it repaired the issues.

To Wartauren: I will grab Rivatuner and see if that gives me any overheating signals. I am blasting a huge deskfan into the PC, and running 3 fans on the GPU, although one doesn't work great. I have a spare card floating about, I will jam that in later and see if I get a marked improvement.

To Robin: Memtest, I looked at that and it said I needed a floppy drive, this system doesn't have one and I have no blank CDRs, although I can pick some up in a while to test that later.

To Al: I will try the mouse changes and see if it helps.

Thanks guys, I appreciate the help.

14-06-2009, 01:33 PM
WoW refuses to even get past log in, the 'clunk' happens and then nothing. Defrag didn't help sadly. I just had a BSOD, first one in an age, and I have an error log.

0000: 53 79 73 74 65 6d 20 45 System E
0008: 72 72 6f 72 20 20 45 72 rror Er
0010: 72 6f 72 20 63 6f 64 65 ror code
0018: 20 30 30 30 30 30 30 34 0000004
0020: 65 20 20 50 61 72 61 6d e Param
0028: 65 74 65 72 73 20 30 30 eters 00
0030: 30 30 30 30 30 37 2c 20 000007,
0038: 30 30 30 33 34 30 35 34 00034054
0040: 2c 20 30 30 30 30 30 30 , 000000
0048: 30 34 2c 20 30 30 30 30 04, 0000
0050: 30 30 30 30 0000

Then it sent me to Windows to update my drivers, yet all my drivers are as up to date as they can be. I shall keep plugging. Doing a new install of WoW again, and I have also reseated all the parts and put in a new IDE cable to the drive.

Oh the fun.

16-06-2009, 02:12 PM
Well all seems well now. I've replaced the IDE cable, reinstalled WoW again and now it seems okay. So it was either the install or the IDE cable was fookered, that'd explain why both drives were 'clicking'.

Paws are now crossed it stays running okay.

Thanks for the help.

18-06-2009, 05:19 PM
If you still want detailed information about what was going on, check the Windows Event Viewer... Start --> Run --> eventvwr

If it's a HDD error, you should find something under System Log. If it's WoW, check the Application Log. There should be at least SOMETHING listed around the times of the crashes.