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    Explorer thrashing all drives

    On startup, about 85% of the time Explorer starts thrashing all disk drives (hard, floppy, DVD, CD). Running a process monitor shows that it is Explorer itself doing this - it uses all spare CPU cycles (99% utilisation!). If left to itself for several hours, it still continues. Virus scan shows nothing, and I have uninstalled the scanner now in case that was causing the problem. I am not running Fast Find, and the hard disks are defragged (if it is trying to optimise my CD drive, I have a real problem <g>).
    One other clue, I have discovered that about 90% of the time logging out and logging back in cures the problem. I have tried dirty reinstall of Win 98 a couple of times, with no improvement.
    This is driving me mad as it kills the performance of the machine, and although the logoff/on generaly works, it makes bootup a slow process.

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    Re: Explorer thrashing all drives

    What ARE you running in the background?

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    Re: Explorer thrashing all drives

    Nothing that could account for this! Zone alarm, Yankee Clipper, Intellipoint, InCD, Desktop Architect. If the problem was consistent, I might be able to get somewhere, but it is erratic , albeit frequent!

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    Re: Explorer thrashing all drives

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by WyllyWylly on 27-May-02 23:09.</P>I can only suggest:

    Clean up the hard drive:
    http://www.thewordexpert.com/cleanyourpc.htm

    Then, run msconfig, go to the Startup tab and note everything that's checked. Uncheck everything and see if the behavior continues after reboot. If not, add one item at a time.

    PS: I don't see any virus checker there! <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

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    Re: Explorer thrashing all drives

    Thanks for trying to help, but please read the original post. I suspected the virus scanner which I had upgraded around the time the problem started, and hence uninstalled it to check that first. The problem is erratic, so the process you suggest would be extremely laborious, and since a) nothing had changed on any of these programs, and [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] the process monitor shows that it is Explorer itself which is doing it rather than anything else, I am reluctant to start it - I'd sooner do a cold re-install which offers more chance of success with not much more work. In fact I might go to XP anyway - it is only WPA that puts me off because I normally juggle discs when changing op sys and will probably use up most of my change allowance just getting to the final config!

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    Re: Explorer thrashing all drives

    Hey, Paul.

    Just going by this thread:

    http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.p...sb=5&o=0&fpart=

    where the gentleman was going to reformat.

    Not to mention my own PC was doing the same exact thing a couple weeks ago. Though I never nailed down exactly what it was . . .

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