Solved: How to determine rundll.exe dependents/dependencies?

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zapp22

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hello friends
this is an old problem that I would love to solve so I can learn from it. on a sammy NC10 netbook running win xp home, since way back when it was first setup, there is a LOOONNNNNNGGG delay between the user login, and the readiness of the desktop. there are two user accounts and the behaviour is the same on both. when one logs in, the desktop wallpaper appears immediately but nothing else does. in the past this condition could persist for as long as 15 to 20 minutes. now it is down to about 3 minutes.

in trial/error on a lot of claimed 'fixes' I found googling here and there... nothing has worked but one good thing has come of it, which is that I find that if I immediately invoke task manager [which comes up pretty swiftly], there is an instance of rundll.exe that is very active at that point, and if I kill it, IMMEDIATELY everything becomes visible.... "pops up" as it were and the system is good to go. killing that rundll does not seem to affect anything useful, but I do not know what kicks it into action.

could someone kindly help me figure out what this process/task is tied-to, so I can figure out how to NOT have it invoke.

thanks
z
 

dvk01

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follow advice here and post the logs those programs make
 

zapp22

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funny how things work out. I was googling more/various on the topic and found process explorer, figured out the allied process/program was for the embedded Ether device; Marvel Yukon nic. Looking back now it was easier than I thought but in my OCD state I uninstalled it, took the hairball *.exe file [only one I could find] for installation and cracked it, installed driver via Device Manager. But the offense was in the Services list - why does a mostly unused static device need an executable at boot time? anyway I disabled that exe and all is well.

thanks so much for the help guys.(y)(y)
 
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