Disk load of 100% on C drive stalls my computer for up to 15 minutes

Sun, 2010-02-14 19:59 by Adzoe · Forum/category:

Belarc Advisor reports my system as follows:
Board: MSI MS-7366 1.0, Bus Clock: 200 megahertz, BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. V2.0 10/25/2007
2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual, 64 kilobyte primary memory cache, 1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Hard Drives:
WDC WD10EADS-00M2B0 [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 0, SMART Status: Healthy
c: (NTFS on drive 0) 214.44 GB 97.85 GB free
e: (NTFS on drive 0) 261.92 GB 91.10 GB free
f: (NTFS on drive 0) 261.71 GB 172.09 GB free
g: (NTFS on drive 0) 262.13 GB 205.99 GB free
ST3500830AS [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) -- drive 1, SMART Status: Healthy
i: (NTFS on drive 1) 238.30 GB 134.93 GB free
j: (NTFS on drive 1) 261.80 GB 203.97 GB free
ST3500830AS [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) -- drive 2, s/n 9QG14GT0, rev 3.AFE, SMART Status: Healthy
d: (NTFS on drive 2) 249.75 GB 189.76 GB free
h: (NTFS on drive 2) 250.35 GB 205.73 GB free
OS
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600) with the following update problems:
failed verification KB950759 on 6/28/2008 (details...) Reinstall!
failed verification KB954550-V5 on 11/30/2008 (details...) Reinstall!

Originally drives c,e,f,g were on drive 1 and half their current size. D,h,i,j were on drive 2, also half sized. Since installing the WD and repartitioning everything my computer stalls, often for many minutes. During this time drive C or E or both report 100% load in Anvir. CPU usage is between 1 and 15% reported by Task Manager. Processes are 89 with 1067 threads and 57700+ handles. Available physical memory floats around 715,000K. Commit charge is around 1177M out of 34593M.

The mouse and keyboard remain active, and some screen windows such as the task manager update almost normally.

What might be causing this problem and how might I solve it?

if you can open task manager,

Tue, 2010-02-16 02:21 by MR.Walker (not verified)

if you can open task manager, check what file using too much cpu & memory in processes tab, search that file on HDD if file is found & it is used by some software uninstall
otherwise it is a virus.

go to run type msconfig & enter , go to startup tab
disable some startups that are not necessarily need to start itself. if the startup you disabled, enable itself, then its a virus

what antivirus you using?

89 processes are too much
xpsp3 normally start processes around 25
i suggest you should use Windows XP Pro SP2 instead

if you can open task manager

Fri, 2010-02-19 18:13 by Adzoe

system idle uses 98% of CPU
firefox with 4 tabs is my largest memory user at 151k
I use AVG, AdAware, and Spybot S&D
Extra processes are from services such as ITunes, AnVir, etc. I have looked up all processes running (via internet) and they are legit.
If I upgrade windows it will be to version 7, but I am not ready to do that yet.

These problems arose when I upgraded my HD to a WD 1TB SATA hard drive and my monitor to an Acer 24 inch flat screen LCD monitor. Both of which happened about the same time. I am running that 32 bit, 1920x1080 resolution.

is this a dma issue

Mon, 2010-02-22 13:11 by lsattle

Having just solved a dma issue on newly installed drive (not the primary boot drive) I have got to suggest you see if the drive is using dma.

If not sure how to find that out, take a look at the DMA reverts to PIO postings on this site.

is this a DMA issue

Tue, 2010-02-23 14:25 by Adzoe

Primary IDE (first listed) is UDMA mode 6 on 0 and 1
Primary IDE (second listed) is UDMA mode 2 on 0 and mode 4 on 1
Secondary IDE (1st listed) is UDMA mode 6 on 0 and not applicable on 1
Secondary IDE (2nd listed) is not applicable on 0 and 1)

The WD drive has a reported location of 0(0)
Seagate 1 has reported location of 0(0)
Seagate 2 has reported location of 1(1)

It thus appears that logical drives c e f g on WD and d h on Seagate 1 are mode 6
The second seagate with logical drives i j are mode 4 unless I misunderstand what I see, which is certainly possible

system idle using 98% of CPU

Wed, 2010-02-24 21:22 by MR.Walker (not verified)

system idle using 98% of CPU is normal
For WD 1TB SATA check in BIOS for
1. if HDD controller whether it is set to SATA or IDE or Legacy
if its to SATA by default, set it to IDE or Legacy & check if problem goes away. also try disable EHCI if exist
2. enable IDE BUS Master, 32-Bit Transfer, LBA, SMART. try it out

3. download & install latest sata drivers from your manufacturers website. be sure to set setting back to sata before installing
be sure to backup important data 1st

it doesn't matter program is legit or not. what matters is how much load it takes & do you really need that programs to always start automatically. you can just start programs manually later.
you can disable unneeded startups from msconfig & services.msc

HDD's must always be using DMA
it must not go to PIO

what ram size do you have ?

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