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Constant hard drive activity at 1.3 second intervals. Led flashes in time to the tick

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by harrykaz, Mar 9, 2008.

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  1. harrykaz

    harrykaz Thread Starter

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    ( fresh install of new (2007)winxp pro, unadulterated ) no other software.

    The sound is tick tock tick tock, similiar to an old style mechanical clock, the sound is not loud, but perceptable, and about once every 1.3 seconds, in time with the led flashes.

    The constant interval hard drive activity prevents the hard drive from auto power down when computer is unattended for long periods of time. In essence rendering that power saving feature useless.

    Of course it would be nice to know, just what is causing the reads, and how to stop this.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Generally, this is normal and is the strobe of the CD-ROM for contents by the autoplay functionality. Some flash and some don't. But that is not supposed to prevent any power events from taking place.

    Do you see any thing in the Task Manager that also pulses like that? Does it make any difference if the drive has a CD in it?

    Download and run ProcMon to see what disk reads and writes are taking place and by what.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645.aspx
     
  3. harrykaz

    harrykaz Thread Starter

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    Procman shows activity from services.exe, nvsvc32.exe and svhost.exe. Some buffer overruns.

    Here is a sample of csv

    Sequence","Time of Day","Process Name","PID","Operation","Path","Result","Detail"
    "11541","11:18:56.8656209 PM","services.exe","744","RegCloseKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService","SUCCESS",""
    "11542","11:18:56.8656262 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\ObjectName","BUFFER OVERFLOW","Length: 12"
    "11543","11:18:56.8656316 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\ObjectName","SUCCESS","Type: REG_SZ, Length: 24, Data: LocalSystem"
    "11544","11:18:56.8656383 PM","services.exe","744","RegCloseKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService","SUCCESS",""
    "11545","11:18:56.8656621 PM","services.exe","744","RegOpenKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services","SUCCESS","Desired Access: Read"
    "11546","11:18:56.8656768 PM","services.exe","744","RegOpenKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService","SUCCESS","Desired Access: Read"
    "11547","11:18:56.8656871 PM","services.exe","744","RegCloseKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services","SUCCESS",""
    "11548","11:18:56.8656908 PM","services.exe","744","RegOpenKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services","SUCCESS","Desired Access: Read"
    "11549","11:18:56.8657042 PM","services.exe","744","RegOpenKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService","SUCCESS","Desired Access: Read"
    "11550","11:18:56.8657141 PM","services.exe","744","RegCloseKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services","SUCCESS",""
    "11551","11:18:56.8657196 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\ImagePath","BUFFER OVERFLOW","Length: 12"
    "11552","11:18:56.8657255 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\ImagePath","SUCCESS","Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ, Length: 88, Data: %SystemRoot%\System32\svchost -k DComLaunch"
    "11553","11:18:56.8657332 PM","services.exe","744","RegCloseKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService","SUCCESS",""
    "11554","11:18:56.8657368 PM","services.exe","744","RegOpenKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services","SUCCESS","Desired Access: Read"
    "11555","11:18:56.8657503 PM","services.exe","744","RegOpenKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService","SUCCESS","Desired Access: Read"
    "11556","11:18:56.8657600 PM","services.exe","744","RegCloseKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services","SUCCESS",""
    "11557","11:18:56.8657654 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\Type","SUCCESS","Type: REG_DWORD, Length: 4, Data: 32"
    "11558","11:18:56.8657710 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\Start","SUCCESS","Type: REG_DWORD, Length: 4, Data: 3"
    "11559","11:18:56.8657762 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\ErrorControl","SUCCESS","Type: REG_DWORD, Length: 4, Data: 1"
    "11560","11:18:56.8657814 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\Tag","NAME NOT FOUND","Length: 16"
    "11561","11:18:56.8657864 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\DependOnService","BUFFER OVERFLOW","Length: 12"
    "11562","11:18:56.8657917 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\DependOnService","SUCCESS","Type: REG_MULTI_SZ, Length: 14, Data: RPCSS"
    "11563","11:18:56.8657971 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\DependOnGroup","NAME NOT FOUND","Length: 12"
    "11564","11:18:56.8658025 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\Group","NAME NOT FOUND","Length: 12"
    "11565","11:18:56.8658075 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\DisplayName","BUFFER OVERFLOW","Length: 12"
    "11566","11:18:56.8658125 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\DisplayName","SUCCESS","Type: REG_SZ, Length: 36, Data: Terminal Services"
    "11567","11:18:56.8658191 PM","services.exe","744","RegCloseKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService","SUCCESS",""
    "11568","11:18:56.8658244 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\ObjectName","BUFFER OVERFLOW","Length: 12"
    "11569","11:18:56.8658297 PM","services.exe","744","RegQueryValue","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService\ObjectName","SUCCESS","Type: REG_SZ, Length: 24, Data: LocalSystem"
    "11570","11:18:56.8658367 PM","services.exe","744","RegCloseKey","HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TermService","SUCCESS",""
    "11571","11:18:58.4277240 PM","nvsvc32.exe","500","RegOpenKey","HKLM\SOFTWARE\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NVTweak","SUCCESS","Desired Access: Query Value"
    "11572","11:18:58.4277452 PM","nvsvc32.exe","500","RegQueryValue","HKLM\SOFTWARE\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NVTweak\SilentModeControl","NAME NOT FOUND","Length: 144"
    "11573","11:18:58.4277585 PM","nvsvc32.exe","500","RegCloseKey","HKLM\SOFTWARE\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NVTweak","SUCCESS",""
    "11577","11:19:07.2561013 PM","svchost.exe","1092","RegOpenKey","HKLM\system\currentcontrolset\control\minint","NAME NOT FOUND","Desired Access: Read"
    "11578","11:19:07.2561215 PM","svchost.exe","1092","RegOpenKey","HKLM\system\Setup","SUCCESS","Desired Access: Read"
    "11579","11:19:07.2561380 PM","svchost.exe","1092","RegQueryValue","HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup\SystemSetupInProgress","SUCCESS","Type: REG_DWORD, Length: 4, Data: 0"
    "11580","11:19:07.2561543 PM","svchost.exe","1092","Thread Exit","","SUCCESS","User Time: 0.0000000, Kernel Time: 0.0000000"
    "11581","11:19:07.2561917 PM","svchost.exe","1092","RegCloseKey","HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup","SUCCESS",""
    "11582","11:19:07.2562667 PM","svchost.exe","1092","RegOpenKey","HKLM\system\currentcontrolset\control\minint","NAME NOT FOUND","Desired Access: Read"
    "11583","11:19:07.2562779 PM","svchost.exe","1092","RegOpenKey","HKLM\system\Setup","SUCCESS","Desired Access: Read"
    "11584","11:19:07.2562876 PM","svchost.exe","1092","RegQueryValue","HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup\SystemSetupInProgress","SUCCESS","Type: REG_DWORD, Length: 4, Data: 0"
    "11585","11:19:07.2562950 PM","svchost.exe","1092","RegCloseKey","HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup","SUCCESS",""
    "11587","11:19:10.1162994 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING1.MAP","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 2,624"
    "11588","11:19:10.1169611 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING1.MAP","SUCCESS","Offset: 2,624, Length: 556"
    "11589","11:19:10.1176374 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\OBJECTS.MAP","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 2,624"
    "11590","11:19:10.1182993 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\INDEX.MAP","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 556"
    "11591","11:19:10.1189496 PM","svchost.exe","1092","FlushBuffersFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\INDEX.MAP","SUCCESS",""
    "11593","11:19:10.1189629 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\INDEX.MAP","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 4,096, I/O Flags: Non-cached, Paging I/O, Synchronous Paging I/O"
    "11596","11:19:10.1189919 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\INDEX.MAP","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 4,096, I/O Flags: Non-cached, Paging I/O, Synchronous Paging I/O"
    "11602","11:19:10.1427108 PM","svchost.exe","1092","FlushBuffersFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\OBJECTS.MAP","SUCCESS",""
    "11604","11:19:10.1427202 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\OBJECTS.MAP","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 4,096, I/O Flags: Non-cached, Paging I/O, Synchronous Paging I/O"
    "11607","11:19:10.1428979 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\OBJECTS.MAP","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 4,096, I/O Flags: Non-cached, Paging I/O, Synchronous Paging I/O"
    "11610","11:19:10.1638788 PM","svchost.exe","1092","FlushBuffersFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING1.MAP","SUCCESS",""
    "11612","11:19:10.1638886 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING1.MAP","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 4,096, I/O Flags: Non-cached, Paging I/O, Synchronous Paging I/O"
    "11615","11:19:10.1640598 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING1.MAP","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 4,096, I/O Flags: Non-cached, Paging I/O, Synchronous Paging I/O"
    "11618","11:19:10.1840479 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING.VER","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 4"
    "11619","11:19:10.1847001 PM","svchost.exe","1092","FlushBuffersFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING.VER","SUCCESS",""
    "11621","11:19:10.1847102 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING.VER","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 4,096, I/O Flags: Non-cached, Paging I/O, Synchronous Paging I/O"
    "11624","11:19:10.1847330 PM","svchost.exe","1092","WriteFile","C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Repository\FS\MAPPING.VER","SUCCESS","Offset: 0, Length: 4,096, I/O Flags: Non-cached, Paging I/O, Synchronous Paging I/O"
    "11632","11:19:16.1469969 PM","msmsgs.exe","672","Thread Exit","","SUCCESS","User Time: 0.0000000, Kernel Time: 0.0000000"
    "11633","11:19:19.2252060 PM","spoolsv.exe","1760","Thread Exit","","SUCCESS","User Time: 0.0000000, Kernel Time: 0.0000000"
    "11646","11:19:26.6317574 PM","svchost.exe","1092","Thread Create","","SUCCESS","Thread ID: 3940"
    "11647","11:19:28.4285569 PM","nvsvc32.exe","500","RegOpenKey","HKLM\SOFTWARE\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NVTweak","SUCCESS","Desired Access: Query Value"
    "11648","11:19:28.4285805 PM","nvsvc32.exe","500","RegQueryValue","HKLM\SOFTWARE\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NVTweak\SilentModeControl","NAME NOT FOUND","Length: 144"
    "11649","11:19:28.4285955 PM","nvsvc32.exe","500","RegCloseKey","HKLM\SOFTWARE\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NVTweak","SUCCESS",""
     
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