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Hey,

Im not sure about the correct tools that I'll need to be using soon. Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.

Anyways, I have about 105 - 120+/-) processes running at a given time. I would like to share those processes here and see what is safe to disable and what is not.

Some of my system specs:

CPU: E8400 WolfDale Dual Core 3.0Ghz
MEM: 8gb DDR2 Patriot ram.
GPU: GTX 260

I think I've got a more than decent pc and now I just want to use it as efficiently as I can while keeping a great experience.
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Download Autoruns for Windows: http://technet.micro...s/bb963902.aspx
No installation required.
Simply unzip Autoruns.zip file, and double click on autoruns.exe file to run the program.
Go File>Save, and save it as AutoRuns.txt file to know location.
You must select Text from drop-down menu as a file type:

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Attach the file to your next reply.
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Broni, I'd like to start of by saying thanks :)

Alright, I had ran a scan, and attached is the .txt file. You have no idea how cluttered it is :)

Thanks and take care :)


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Actually, I don't see too many startups. Startups are partially responsible for creating processes.
You can re-run Autoruns, click on "Login" tab and UN-check following unneeded startups:
+ "hpqSRMon"
+ "HP Digital Imaging Monitor.lnk"
That's it.

Playing with services, which create another chunk of running processes is little bit dangerous game, because you can disable something important.

If you're not having any issues with CPU usage (which we'll check in a moment), I'd leave those alone.

Download Process Explorer: http://technet.micro...s/bb896653.aspx
Unzip ProcessExplorer.zip, and double click on procexp.exe to run the program.
Click on View > Select Colunms.
In addition to already pre-selected options, make sure, the Command Line is selected, and press OK.
Go File>Save As, and save the report as Procexp.txt.
Attach the file to your next reply.
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Alright, thanks :)

I've optimized my startup a while back, I then check it regularly every now and then.

Attached is the report you had asked for :)

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Something doesn't look right here.
System Idle Process (CPU NOT used) is listed at 58.93%, which is not normal.
It should be listed somewhere around 80-90% mark.

However, I can't see any clear culprit, because there are number of processes using 1-6% of your CPU cycles, but neither of them stands out.

Let's check something....

Go Start>Run (Start Search in Vista), type in:
msconfig
Click OK (hit Enter in Vista).

Click on Startup tab.
Click Disable all
IMPORTANT! In case of laptop, make sure, you do NOT disable any keyboard, or touchpad entries.

Click Services tab.
Put checkmark in Hide all Microsoft services
Click Disable all.

Click OK.
Restart computer in Normal Mode.

NOTE. If you use different firewall, than Windows firewall, turn Windows firewall on, just for this test, since your regular firewall won't be running.
If you use Windows firewall, you're fine.

Post new PE log.
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:) Had a clean restart.

Enjoy the attachment :)

thanks!

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It looks like Avast is using over 25% of your CPU.

RE-enable all startups and services, you just disabled.
Restart computer.
Uninstall Avast.
Post new PE log.
Reinstall Avast.
Post new PE log.
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Sorry it took some time, once i uninstalled, i ran the test, and then it decided not to reinstall.. So I ended up system restoring to the moment before I uninstalled. Then I had to uninstall and reinstall again. Ouch! And to make matters worse, I'll need to contact Avast because I had reused my license file over 5 times and now it isn't valid.

No problem though, I got both process snapshots :) Avast isn't too big of a deal for me seeing as I am a more 'advanced' computer user and I know what I'm doing.


Attached File  noavast.txt   10.86KB   167 downloads is when avast was uninstalled
Attached File  avast.txt   11.27KB   189 downloads is when avast was back :)

Enjoy :)
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It looks like reinstalling Avast helped:
System Idle Process 95.56%
Perfect score.

How is computer doing?

Until you got some reply from Avast, you don't want to be without any protection, so you may consider Avira.
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oh dont worry, Avast had it covered :) Got a new key.

I don't seem to have any troubles now :)

I guess I'll move on?

A quick thing though,

My laptop has problems with audioses.dll, delldock, and so many other error messages (after sending it in for repairs [ motherboard pin fell off ] ). So may I reply here, or do you recommend be start a new topic?


Thanks again.

Much love,


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Good news :)

Yeah, you can continue here...
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Alrighty, well, some background info on this laptop:
Dell Inspiron 1545.
Was brought Windows Vista home premium, had upgrade to Windows 7 home premium.
Purchased overseas.
Doesn't have excessive protection (as my computer)
Owned by my sister, largely used by my brother for gaming (online games such as runescape, club penguin, and so on..)
Had some adapter problems (Pluged in, not charging).

I went ahead sent it to the repair shop who mentioned that there was something missing from the adapter -> motherboard pin. So he quoted us a price right up. After, Dell had finally sent me the adapter we had been feuding about for over 4 months..!

So I finally had my sister's laptop working.

Oh wait a second! I had to take it back to the repair shop so that he may fix up the mobo pin. So we took it, got it back. But before we left the store, I had turned it on and saw that the dell dock had stopped working (image below)
http://img841.images...multierror.png/

I ended up mentioning that to my father, and then I was like screw it, ill fix it at home.
I go home, everyone starts wanting to use this cheap piece of metal :)

Ok, so now what? Well.. I waited until yesterday when I finally was allowed to mess around with it!

A couple things that I have tried and have noticed!
1. I tried chkdsk, nothing much happened.
2. Dell Dock crashes
3. Scripted Diagnostics Native Host crashes
4. Audioses.dll does not want to work.
5. Whenever somehting that uses audio is enabled, I get the audioses.dll message (including during boot):
http://img651.images...i/intensed.png/ (The title is renamed according to the program)
6. I tried reinstalling all audio drivers
7. Installed 3rd party audio drivers
8. Ran through Device manager, disabled IDT High Def. Audio Codec. (which seemed to halt the error messages after I disabled.)
http://img40.imagesh...p?g=driverd.png
9. Tried copying over my audioses.dll from my pc (yes, made a backup of the original) over to system32. No luck
10. Tried 3rd party dll (I understand the dangers, but no risk, no solution).
11. Tried using the SFC command. (still have no idea how to open up the log)
12. Tried re-reinstalling drivers. Nothing


And yea, I probably tried a few more things, still cant remember exactly. But I also had troubles using Windows updates (Until I tried going into safe mode and doing some back end stuff).

Anyways, this is what I'm left with:
http://img828.images...i/speakerz.png/
http://img684.images...pedworking.png/
http://img841.images...multierror.png/
http://img718.images...i/somemore.png/
http://img684.images...pedworking.png/
http://img40.imagesh...p?g=driverd.png
http://img408.images...s/i/totalh.png/

(On my laptop now by the way)
p.s. had to get rid of image tags seeing as this board does not support .png

Edited by bluegang6, 18 September 2010 - 01:35 PM.

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Oh, we are talking about different computer now....
I'll ask some mod to split this topic, but it won't affect our conversation.
Let me ring someone....
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It looks like there is a lot of problems there.
The main question would be, if it's software, or hardware issue (or both).

Was brought Windows Vista home premium, had upgrade to Windows 7 home premium

Before we start messing around, have you considered backing up all data and go for CLEAN Win 7 installation?
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