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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by TheRiffRaff, Apr 24, 2004.

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  1. TheRiffRaff

    TheRiffRaff Thread Starter

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    Just about every other day Windows XP will start "locking" up for about 10-15 seconds, every few minutes or so. I dont even have the ability to move the mouse. I run Ad-Ware, Spy-Bot, NAV and CWS-Shredder with everything looking clean? Is there a program that will log CPU usage for particular programs loaded so I can see what's hogging my system at that moment, if that makes sense :)

    Here's my HJT log. Thanks a bunch!!

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
    Scan saved at 10:20:04 PM, on 4/24/2004
    Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

    Running processes:
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\AdvTools\NPROTECT.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\SM1BG.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_04\bin\jusched.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\ZONELA~1\ZONEAL~1\zlclient.exe
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat 6.0\Distillr\acrotray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Belkin\Nostromo\nost_LM.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\devldr32.exe
    C:\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com/
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {AE7CD045-E861-484f-8273-0445EE161910} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
    O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
    O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Adobe PDF - {47833539-D0C5-4125-9FA8-0819E2EAAC93} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Advanced Tools Check] C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\AdvTools\ADVCHK.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SM1BG] C:\WINDOWS\SM1BG.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_04\bin\jusched.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] C:\PROGRA~1\ZONELA~1\ZONEAL~1\zlclient.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Acrobat Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat 6.0\Distillr\acrotray.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Loadout Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Belkin\Nostromo\nost_LM.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console (HKLM)
    O16 - DPF: {0E5F0222-96B9-11D3-8997-00104BD12D94} (PCPitstop Utility) - http://support.gateway.com/support/profiler/PCPitStop.CAB
    O16 - DPF: {166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000} (Shockwave ActiveX Control) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/director/sw.cab
    O16 - DPF: {3E68E405-C6DE-49FF-83AE-41EE9F4C36CE} (Office Update Installation Engine) - http://office.microsoft.com/officeupdate/content/opuc.cab
    O16 - DPF: {56336BCB-3D8A-11D6-A00B-0050DA18DE71} (RdxIE Class) - http://software-dl.real.com/109c8a9490aac71a4c05/netzip/RdxIE601.cab
    O16 - DPF: {90C9629E-CD32-11D3-BBFB-00105A1F0D68} (InstallShield International Setup Player) - http://www.napster.com/client/isetup.cab
    O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?38064.5100578704
    O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
     
  2. bsop

    bsop

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    Control, Alt, Delete all pressed at the same time will pop up Windows Task Manager.
    You can select the performance tab and monitor the CPU usage. You can also use,
    You can also use CPUBench a free program at:
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download1018.html

    You can also try these tweaks to speed up XP and stop some automatic events from happening in the background that are generally 99.9% useless.


    First, I would try disabling indexing on the hard disk.
    Indexing stores information about the files on the hard disk. This info is indexed so that during a search, it can happen faster.
    In reality, most of us don't search that often to put up with the decreased performance so constant to build and update the index.

    Right click on a hard disk icon.
    Drag down to properties and click.
    At the bottom of the box is to statements.
    Deselect the options you don't like. You can always enable them later.
    Indexing and compression can significantly slow performance and interfear when you least want it.

    The following speed up tricks may also help.
    ----
    http://www.windowsxpatoz.com/cgi-bin/performance/index.cgi?answer=1036282590&id=1036282433


    Speed UP XP RUNNING

    Clean your prefetch to improve performance

    This is an unique technique for WinXP. We know that it is necessary to wash registry and TEMP files for Win9X/ME/2000 periodly. Prefetch is a new and very useful technique in Windows XP. However, after using XP some time, the prefetch directory can get full of junk and obsolete links in the Prefetch catalog, which can slow down your computer notablely. My suggestion is: open C(system drive):/windows/prefetch, delete those junk and obsolete files,reboot. It is recommended that you do this every month.



    Disable XP Boot Logo

    It is possible to disable XP splash screen, which will slightly speed up the overall boot process. Be aware that removing the splash screen will also cause you not to see any boot-up messages that might come up (chkdsk, convert ... ), but if your system runs without any problems then it should not matter.

    1. Edit boot.ini
    2. Add " /noguiboot" right after "/fastdetect".

    Upon restarting, the splash screen will be gone. It can be re-enabled by removing the new switch.



    Make icons in windows appear quicker

    In Windows XP everytime you open My Computer to browse folders XP automatically searches for network files and printers. This causes a delay in displaying your icons. You probably see the "default" windows icon and as you scroll it changes to the correct icon. This is how to stop that...

    1. Open My Computer
    2. Click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options...
    3. Under Folder Options select the view tab.
    4. Uncheck the very first box that reads "Automatically search for network folders and printers".
    5. Click "Apply" or "OK"

    You should see a dramatic increase in speed when Windows displays your icons.



    Windows XP Icon Cache

    Are you experiencing icon lag, while browsing thru all your Start icons and programs? Do you have a smaller menu delay and your icons need ages to load? No need to give up.

    Just delete the IconCache.db file from your profile directory (usually /Documents and Settings/Username/Local Settings/Application Data).




    Swap File Tweak

    For Users with 256 MB RAM or more this tweak will boost their Windows- and Game-Performance.
    What it does: It tells Windows not to use any Swap File until there is really no more free RAM left.

    Open the System Configuration Utility by typing msconfig.exe in the RUN command. There in your System.ini you have to add "ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1" under the 386enh section.

    Restart your Windows and enjoy better Game performance




    Easily Disable Messenger

    Go into: C:/Program Files/Messenger. Rename the Messenger folder to "MessengerOFF" This does not slow down Outlook Express or hinder system performance.



    Increase 'CPU priority tweak' effect

    First you must set the CPU Priority setting tweak.Using 'Regedit', go to this location:"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\PriorityControl\" and set the "Win32PrioritySeparation" to "38"

    The last adjustment is to set the "Launch folder windows in separate process" setting by opening the "My Computer\Tools\Folder Options\View -and tick the "Launch folder windows in separate process" box.

    Window XP will open any new window(including program) in its own memory and in separate process priority.(increase stability and speed but use much more RAM than before)

    Note:
    Sometimes this 2 tweak can cause unresponsive keyboard and mouse in Counter-Strike.






    Very Slow boot when networking

    On some XP Pro installations, when connected to a network (peer-peer in this case), the computer boot time is over 1:40. The system seems to freeze after logging in and the desktop may not appear or will freeze for a minute. As timed with the utility, Bootvis.exe, the problem was with the driver mrxsmb.dll, adding over 67 seconds to the boot time. Turning off and restoring file and printer sharing eliminated 65 seconds from the boot time.

    1. Alt-click (or right click) on Network Places > Properties
    2. Alt-click on Ethernet Adapter connection > properties
    3. Un-check "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" > OK
    4. reboot
    5. If you need file or printer sharing, repeat the above, re-check the box and re-boot again.






    Clicking AVI Files on explorer casuing 100% CPU Usage

    Well windows seem to have a REALLY big problem when it comes to reading AVI files. It seems that when you click on an AVI file in explorer, it'll try to read the entire AVI file to determine the width,height, etc. of the AVI file (this is displayed in the Properties window). Now the problem with Windows is that if you have a broken/not fully downloaded AVI file that doesnt contain this info, Windows will scan the entire AVI file trying to figure out all these properties which in the process will probably cause 100% CPU usage and heavy memory usage.

    To solve this problem all you have to do is the following:

    1. Open up regedit
    2. Goto HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.avi\shellex\PropertyHandler
    3. Delete the "Default" value which should be "{87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}"

    Voila! Please not that this will no longer provide you with the windows properties displaying the AVI file information such as width, height, bitrate etc. But its a small price to pay for saving you resources.

    NOTE: Please use caution when using regedit. Improper usage may cause windows to behave imcorrectly. Also, I cannot be held resposible. Backup your registry first.






    CDFS Tweaks

    Here is the changes that must be made

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem\CDFS

    Look for that registry key, if not there, we must create a new key, then add the following values

    CacheSize, this must be added as a binary value, then type in this value: ff ff 00 00

    Prefetch, this key must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value: 4000 hex

    PrefetchTail, this key must be added as a DWORD value, then type in this value: 4000 hex

    After that tweaking, try copying something across from CD, and you will notice it does produce a speed boost, but it becomes apparent after a while of using this tweak, you may or may not see it at first.



    Improve NTFS Performance

    1. Disable creation of short names. By default, NTFS generates the style of file name that consists of eight characters, followed by a period and a three-character extension for compatibility with MS-DOS and Microsoft® Windows® 3.x clients. If you are not supporting these types of clients, you can turn off this setting by changing the default value of the NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation registry entry (in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Filesystem) to 1.

    2. Disable last access update. By default NTFS updates the date and time stamp of the last access on directories whenever it traverses the directory. For a large NTFS volume, this update process can slow performance. To disable automatic updating, change the value of the NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate registry entry (in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentContolSet\Control\Filesystem) to 1. If the entry is not already present in the registry, add it before setting the value. (Add it as a REG_DWORD)

    3. Reserve appropriate space for the master file table. Add the NtfsMftZoneReservation entry to the registry as a REG_DWORD in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem. When you add this entry to the registry, the system reserves space on the volume for the master file table. Reserving space in this manner allows the master file table to grow optimally. If your NTFS volumes generally contain relatively few files that are typically large, set value of this registry entry to 1 (the default). Typically you can use a value of 2 or 3 for moderate numbers of files, and 4 (the maximum) if your volumes tend to contain a relatively large number of files. However, be sure to test any settings greater than 2 because these higher values cause the system to reserve a much larger portion of the disk for the master file table.







    HDD slowdown when booting

    If, like I had , you have a 3min+ or slower boot time where Windows XP seems to sit for 2+ or so minutes with the XP logo doing nothing before everything comes to life, then do the following.

    Download Bootvis from www.microsoft.com and run it the next time you boot. Do a 'Trace'
    If it shows a very long 'HDD init' time of minutes rather than seconds then this is how to fix it.

    This example assumes you have 1 Hard drive on your primary IDE channel and a DVD-ROM(or CD)
    and CD-R on your two secondary IDE channels.

    Go to start > right click on my computer > click properties. Click Hardware > Device Manager.

    Go to IDE/ATAPI Controllers. Select primary channel. Right click properties. Click the Advance settings tab. Then on the device (0 or 1)that does not have 'device type' greyed out select 'disable' instead of 'autodetect'. This should stop windows trying to find a drive that isn't there.

    If you have your IDE channels set up differently simply repat the above for the secondary IDE channel settings.

    When I did this my boot time went from 3mins 20 to 35 seconds.







    Proformance Increase through My Computer

    Easy enough tweak to usually find out about it on your own, but still, some of use still don't find it right away. So here it is:
    1: Start > Right Click on My Computer and select properties.
    2: Click on the "Advanced" tab
    3: See the "Perfomance" section? Click "Settings"
    4: Disable the following:

    Fade or slide menus into view
    Fade or slide ToolTips into view
    Fade out menu items after clicking
    Show Shadows under menus
    Slide open combo boxes
    Slide taskbar buttons
    Use a background image for each folder type
    Use common tasks in folders

    There, now Windows will still look nice and perform faster.






    Boot XP faster

    1. Open notepad.exe, type "del c:\windows\prefetch\ntosboot-*.* /q" (without the quotes) & save as "ntosboot.bat" in c:\
    2. From the Start menu, select "Run..." & type "gpedit.msc".
    3. Double click "Windows Settings" under "Computer Configuration" and double click again on "Shutdown" in the right window.
    4. In the new window, click "add", "Browse", locate your "ntosboot.bat" file & click "Open".
    5. Click "OK", "Apply" & "OK" once again to exit.
    6. From the Start menu, select "Run..." & type "devmgmt.msc".
    7. Double click on "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers"
    8. Right click on "Primary IDE Channel" and select "Properties".
    9. Select the "Advanced Settings" tab then on the device 0 or 1 that doesn't have 'device type' greyed out select 'none' instead of 'autodetect' & click "OK".
    10. Right click on "Secondary IDE channel", select "Properties" and repeat step 9.
    11. Reboot your computer.





    Memory Performance Tweak

    Create a new dword and name it IOPageLockLimit - double click it and set the value in hex - 4000 if you have 128MB of ram or set it to 10000 if you have 256MB set it to 40000 if you have more than 512MB of ram -this tweak will speed up your disckcache




    Easiest way to delete prefetch

    1. Open notepad.exe, type del c:\windows\prefetch\*.* /q (without the quotes) & save as "delprefetch.bat" in c:\
    2. From the Start menu, select "Run..." & type "gpedit.msc".
    3. Double click "Windows Settings" under "Computer Configuration" and double click again on "Startup" in the right window.
    4. In the new window, click "add", "Browse", locate your "delprefetch.bat" file & click "Open".
    5. Click "OK", "Apply" & "OK" once again to exit.
    6. Reboot your computer.

    Every time on startup, your prefetch will be cleared. Enjoy!
    ---------------------------------

    Speed up XP Shut Down


    Sutdown XP faster 2

    Like previous versions of windows, it takes long time to restart or shutdown windows xp when the "Exit Windows" sound is enabled. to solve this problem you must disable this useless sound.

    click start button then go to settings -> control panel -> Sound,Speech and Audio devices -> Sounds and Audio Devices -> Sounds, then under program events and windows menu click on "Exit Windows" sub-menu and highlight it.now from sounds you can select,choose "none" and then click apply and ok.
    now you can see some improvements when shutting down your system.


    Shutdown XP Faster

    Start Regedit.
    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control.
    Click on the "Control" Folder.
    Select "WaitToKillServiceTimeout"
    Right click on it and select Modify.
    Set it a value lower than 2000 (Mine is set to 200).
     
  3. Linkmaster

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    Hi TheRiffRaff, Welcome to TSG !!
    To add to what bsop suggested,
    Go to start, run, type msconfig
    then hit OK
    Click on selective startup, then the startup tab at top.
    Uncheck the following :
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Advanced Tools Check] C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\AdvTools\ADVCHK.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SM1BG] C:\WINDOWS\SM1BG.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_04\bin\jusched.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Acrobat Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat 6.0\Distillr\acrotray.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Loadout Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Belkin\Nostromo\nost_LM.exe
    Then apply and then ok, reboot
     
  4. rude

    rude

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    Memory Performance Tweak

    Create a new dword and name it IOPageLockLimit - double click it and set the value in hex - 4000 if you have 128MB of ram or set it to 10000 if you have 256MB set it to 40000 if you have more than 512MB of ram -this tweak will speed up your disckcache

    Which key?
     
  5. TheRiffRaff

    TheRiffRaff Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the feedback(s) and welcome :) I'll run through these tweaks. Thanks again!!!
     
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