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Opening local file is slow


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chriscle

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When I double-click any file (Work, txt, zip, etc) to open it with the default program, it can take over a minute of hourglass time before the the application loads and then another 30 seconds for the app to actually open the file. However, if I open the application first and then use it to open the file, everything is as speedy as can be.

Usually when I first boot the machine, things are fine, but within 30 minutes or so it starts happening. I've done all the normal checks (spyware, AV, starting without background processes, etc).

Dell is sending a hard drive replacement but that doesn't make sense to me. It's probably just their way of getting me to reinstall windows and everything else so that the real problem goes away :tazz:

This is a Dell Insprion 8600, 2GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, 60GB hard drive, integrated Broadcom 10/100 and Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG. It is connected to a docking station most of the time.

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Well maybe Dell is right! your HDD maybe failing.
did you try defraging the drive? how big is your drive?

do you hear clicking noises when you double click on the files? if there is some noise that could be the indication of a head crash.

backup your data and wait for the new HDD.
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Thanks for the info. It's a 60 GB drive and there are no noises coming from it. I keep it defragmented.
I think I have stumbled upon the culprit actualy. I was just analyzing the processes on my system, looking at high CPU, high IO, etc etc. It looked like the Indexing Service always had extremely high read and write IO. Now, at first I thought, duh, it's doing it's job. For the [bleep] of it, I stopped the service since it's not required really, and sure enough, I haven't had a problem since. (This had been going on for a few weeks too--not just a one day thing)

Edited by chriscle, 01 July 2005 - 10:20 AM.

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