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Downloads slow machine

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by griffinspc, Jul 28, 2006.

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  1. griffinspc

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    Recently when downloading a file such as the WD settlement software (20 MBs), once I click the “save” dialogue box and the “Save As” explorer window appears, my machine slows to a crawl. I can’t even navigate to a drive location and create a folder to place the file in without 1 or 2 minute delays for each step.

    If I try to open Task Manager or close the IE window the screen takes forever to repaint and each click takes minutes to initiate.

    I’ve scanned the entire system for viruses, adware, spyware and the like and have a complete bill of health. I used two separate anti-virus programs and all three, AdAware, SpyBot S&D and CounterSpy malware scanners. I see nothing amiss in my Hijack log or other diagnostics. I’ve disabled my firewall and my antivirus with the same result. I have the same result with IE and Opera.

    The system runs fine in all other respects. Boot times and shutdown times are normal. It almost seems as if the download starts before I’m able to click “Save As”. Once the download starts my CPU usage is at 100%. Can’t think of anything else to add, any thoughts ???

    PS: I'm on Comcast cable and the download speed is Slloooowwwww compared to previous downloads but other web activity is fine and Intel's speed test is at T3 rating.

    The machine is the 1st in my signature below.
     
  2. ohheck

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    when you hit ctrl alt del and select "processes" what file is using up all the CPU?
     
  3. griffinspc

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    Well now that's a strange one because I can't find a process that's going ape in task manager during this period of the download. Just 100% CPU usage. Of note too is the hard drive isn't being accessed other than the flash of the probable downloading file. Also in task manager the system memory is fine. I know, weird.

    Even stranger to me is the effect on the graphics of the whole system. With my vid card and of course it not being onboard video, why in the world would this have such an effect causing each repaint of the screen to take minutes ????
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    You don't have a download manager running per chance?
     
  5. griffinspc

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    Yes, Save As. I don't even get to that point by the way. As I said not very well, the download or activity seems to start immediately upon clicking the link for the file though no location has been defined yet.

    No download managers of any kind..
     
  6. Hexecal

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    Have you tried Doing a disk-defragmentation?

    That should speed up access to your hard-drive
     
  7. ~Candy~

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    Maybe post a hijack this log?
     
  8. griffinspc

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    Regularly run Diskeeper 8.0 and should have mentioned that I also ran Ccleaner (latest version) and cleaned out every cookie, IE temp file, history, etc. for both IE and Opera. Also ran full registry scan and cleaned and corrected every mismatch.
     
  9. griffinspc

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    Not at home now but maybe later can get to it. I've scanned it up and down, can't find any irregularities.
     
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