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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by johnviv, Jan 26, 2007.

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  1. johnviv

    johnviv Thread Starter

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    hi all
    my son- in -law has a pc, a packard bell installed with xp home edition,and it has been working fine for 12 months, but now the hard drive light is on all the time, he can still use the pc all be it has slowed down some what, could anybody sugest a possible diagnostic test that we could download to test what could be the cause,
    he has 2x 512mg of ram and its 2.9 ghz
    many thanks in anticipation.
    johnviv.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    First check in Task Manager (processes tab - click on "CPU" to order the % of use highest to lowest) to see what application is hogging the CPU, it *might* be the same one that is causing the HDD activity.

    I would also suspect a trojan or other malware as a possibility.

    Also make sure that the HDD actually has useable space left (My Computer - select drive with right click - Properties)
     
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  4. johnviv

    johnviv Thread Starter

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    hi kiwiguy
    he has about 80gb of hard drive memory left
    i went into msconfig- start up- and found this start up program vttime.exe
    i dont know much about this i have tried to google it but there is not a lot of info.
    i will try your other sugestions, later, i am in my late sixties, so it it takes a while to get the old grey cells working, many thanks for your help.
    johnviv.
     
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