Help me diagnose my problem, CPU spikes, choppy vid playback

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  1. redna

    redna New Member

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    I've got a Thinkpad T43 that has been acting up recently and I can't figure out what the hell is going on.

    It all started when I tried to watch a video that I downloaded from my camera. I've watched several videos in their native whore bastard format (MPEG-2) without issue. This time though, it was choppy and stalled in a few spots.

    It was like it ran out of memory or something.

    So, I checked the performance of the computer using the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and swapping tabs and the top graph spikes irradically (I dont remember this happening). Is that normal?

    So, I went out and bought some RAM today PC2-5300 1GBX2 and installed. Worked fine, recognized by windows, yada yada yada... I was hoping that I would have my problem fixed... Nope.

    It is better, but not nearly as smooth as it used to be.

    Keep in mind I've already used AVG free Virus, and Spyware checkers along with Spybot and AdAware to test my system for misc shit. Nothing comes up except a couple tracking cookies in AVG Spyware... and it fixes them. Also, I have McAffy VirusScan that runs all the time..

    My system stats are:

    Intel Centrino 1.86GHz
    2GB RAM
    40 GB HDD in 2 partitions (C:System = 20GB, D:big grin:ata=20GB)
    - C: has 11 free GB and D: has 9 free GB
    OS is XP pro

    I dont know of any programs that I've installed lately to instigate this problem.. I haven't installed anything in a while, and it hasn't been happening that long.



    Also, I ran a Disk Check and it took almost TWO HOURS to run its course. I scanned after a restart so it scanned before the OS kicked in. Is that normal?


    Thanks for the help in advance. :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:
     
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  2. redna

    redna New Member

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    Also, another weird thing that happened was Internet Explorer changed and now says "IE 6 is running with no ad-ons enabled"

    I don't use IE, I use Firefox.... but I don't remember changing that...
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I wouldn't suspect malware as much as I would the media player codecs, or maybe one of the fans being clogged up with dust.
     
  4. redna

    redna New Member

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    I blew the laptop out with air just before I restarted (after installing the ram).

    There was dust, but not a whole lot. Either way, it did it afterwards still.


    Maybe I'll try and reinstall the codecs. It's not just happening with MPEG-2 files though, it's happening with .avi and .wmv as well (divx runs smooth, although it's a much smaller file size).
     
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    i would suspect over heating as earlier said.
     
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    dissonance reset OT Supporter

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    You don't have both of your anti-virus's running in the background all the time do you?
     
  7. Peyomp

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    Kill VirusScan. Try again.
     
  8. redna

    redna New Member

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    I shall try this....

    I only have VirusScan running actively. The other two don't run unless I say so.

    How would one solve this? I have my laptop elevated off of the desk for ventalation, and why all of the sudden would it start overheating? How can I tell for sure? How can I solve this?
     
  9. Peyomp

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    Active virus scanners are performance draining evil whores.
     
  10. redna

    redna New Member

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    Still choppy.... :(


    I've cleaned damn near everything off of this bitch. I think I might just backup what's left and reformat.

    Damn it.
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You could always try a file repair.

    Just copy and paste this into your run menu and hit ok. Then drop your windows disc in and let it run.

    sfc /scannow


    If that doesn't work, you could always try a regular windows repair.
     
  12. etech

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    How full is your hard drive?
     
  13. Peyomp

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    Windows rots over time. Re-install it. Try again.
     
  14. trouphaz

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    so, open up the task manager, go to the processes tab and sort by CPU. now keep track of the processes that jump to the top. also, put a check in show processes from all users.

    you may also want to see how many processes are running.

    you may also want to see if search indexing is turned on. do you have google desktop installed?
     

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