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PC slows down (hard disk usage peaks)

by blay76 / March 2, 2010 11:30 PM PST

I have brand new Asus N61V with Win 7(64bit i think) which is regularly having peaks of extreme slowness. (it takes 30 secs or more to open a folder or type a character)

I havent been able to establish a pattern of when it happens but it's about once every 1 or 2 hours. It usually lasts for 4-5 mins or so.

During that period, the hard disk light is on and seems to be working hard.

I checked the Processes pane of the Task Manager during that period but didn's see any process using high amount of CPU.

Then I noticed Win7 has a Performance Monitor that checks Hard Disk Usage and during one of those peaks I checked it and saw some tasks that might be causing this. My main suspects are SearchIndexer, Avast anti-virus and something called wmpnetwk.exe which I'm not sure what it is.

Any ideas on what may be causing this problem and how to fix it?
(I may post screenshots of the Disk Monitor if needed)

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Try Eliminating Unnecessary Startup Programs And Services...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 3, 2010 2:02 AM PST

Yep, the Search Indexer can be a problem. The indexing can be disabled from the "Services" section as "Windows Search" and this is the preferred method. Drive indexing can also be disabled by opening Windows Explorer, RIGHT click on the drive, choose "Properties", then UNCHECK the "Index this drive..." option. Many disable it but that's up to you. A number of background services and programs can cause such issues, so please click on the link below and eliminate unnecessary services by following the procedures to make your computer computer like the "Safe" or "Tweaked" columns in the chart:

You might also type "msconfig" in the Start-Search/Run line, click on "OK", then click on the "Startup" tab when the System Configuration Utility loads. UNCHECK any unnecessary startup programs that are listed there, then restart the computer.. For a list of such unneeded programs, see the link below and find any items alphabetically that you have questions about.

Hope this helps.


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last resort.........
by denballs / March 3, 2010 3:34 AM PST

if nothin works do these

1-open up the computer and remove then replace the ram
if ram is not set in its holder correctly it may have problems sending imformation every now and again and will slow your pc to a speed that makes the pc unuseable.

2.restoree your computer to its factory condition............
if the pc is new then you should be able to either do this by pressing f10 a few times when you turn on your pc {before windows starts/ when you have the option to go into bios}....or if you made them... using backup disks that your pc tells you to make when you first use it.

you may also have a windows disk that you purchased......if you do just boot from the disk and follow the tell you how to download and burn one of these discs but thats illegal apparently so i cant do that................goodluck

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