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Solved: Excessive disk Activity on XP startup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by thirgulag, Oct 18, 2008.

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  1. thirgulag

    thirgulag Thread Starter

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    On start up the hard drive on the HP Pavilion laptop is excessively used for over 15 minutes. It is so excessive that it affects system performance (all programs). I have downloaded and used DiskMon and it shows constant small usage. After 15 minutes it stops using the hard drive to the point it degrades performance. but the hard disk activity is still pretty constant every 2-3 seconds.
     
  2. Claymore

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    Have you tried to identify the running process with the Task Manager? Do a Ctrl-Alt-Del. Click the Processes tab. Click on CPU at the top of that column so that the higher numbers are at the top. Can you see what's using the most resources (other than System Idle Process)?
     
  3. thirgulag

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    There is no single program. It bounces around so fast it is not obvious.
     
  4. Claymore

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    OK, yes it is hard to see it. Try this:

    Download Process Explorer here:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

    Unzip it and run the program - it doesn't need to be installed. Maximize the window so that you can see all the processes in the top pane, or use the slider on the right.
    Now can you see which process is high in the CPU column?
     
  5. Rich-M

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    Can you tell us what is running in startup?
    Go "Run,msconfig,ok,startup" and tell us what is checked there.
     
  6. padutch

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    a good place to start is to clean house . ATF-Cleaner is a nifty free little program to delete all temp files cookies and a general cleanup . http://www.snapfiles.com/get/atfcleaner.html
    startup programs is another reason for poor and sluggish proformance . I have only four in the startup but have seen people with over 20 .Check this; http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml , and look here too; http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm , and click start, run, and then type in this; msconfig.exe to open up the System Configuration Tool, then click the startup tab, which also shows what starts and runs with XP. uncheck what you don't want to start up . And here is a helpful site to trim down some services; http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
    When done run defrag . Now download Hijackthis . Save it to your desktop . Run it and paste the log in your next post . Hope this has helped .
     
  7. flavallee

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    thirgulag:

    Click Start - Run, type in MSCONFIG and then click OK - "Startup" tab.

    All entries with a checkmark next to them are loading during startup and running in the background.

    Click Start - Run, type in SERVICES.MSC and then click OK.

    All entries set to Automatic are loading during startup and running in the background.

    The more entries there are that are loading and running, the longer it's going to take your computer to start up and settle down.

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    Since we don't know what programs and utilities are in your computer, it's difficult to determine what's loading and running.

    The antivirus program may be checking for and installing new definition files. Automatic Updates may be checking for new critical updates. Other things may be going in the background during or right after start up that may be causing the problem.

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    If you can post a HijackThis log here, it'll give us something to work with.

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    What exact model number is your HP Pavilion dv5000 laptop? It'll be on the sticker underneath the case.

    http://h20180.www2.hp.com/apps/Look...h_query=Pavilion+dv5000&submit.x=7&submit.y=5

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  8. thirgulag

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    The use of process explorer allowed me to track the problem down. It appears to have been caused by the Windows live one care defragmenter. It was running automatically and causing the problem.

    Thanks for your help
     
  9. flavallee

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    I'm glad you found the problem. I pretty much assumed that some program had to be doing something in the background. That's why I keep as little as possible running in the background, and why I do most scans manually instead of letting them run automatically.

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  10. positiv4

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    Hey, thanks guys. Found you by Googling the same problem. I recently went through programs in my system tray and unchecked "run upon startup" which eliminated most of it, but after reading this and after checking msconfig startup I still found a couple things running that I didn't want, even an old file sharing program that I thought I removed! Software guys can be so sneaky.
     
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