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    wwiibuff
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    Disk activity slows system

    This is more of a general Windows problem with all of my systems for a year or more now, but since I currently use Win ME, figured this was the place to post. The problem is that every once in a while, sometimes a few minutes apart, there appears to be disk activity at which time my system becomes very sluggish (mouse cursor becomes erratic and difficult to move, text being typed can take several seconds to display, if in a game it goes into a jerky slow motion). This lasts for only a few seconds each time. This has occured with Win 98 and Win 98 SE as well as Win ME, with three different brands of hard disks (and different types and sizes of each brand), with several different brands of video cards (all MAY have been AGP cards but not certain), different RAM modules (currently have two 128 MB modules), different brands and models of sound cards... in other words, no matter what I have in my system, I get this problem. System is home-built and is currently set up for RAID (mirroring) although this problem also existed before having RAID setup. Problem can occur even without having any applications running... it can occur shortly after starting Windows while at the desktop with no applications yet started. Have tried shutting down all items in my sys tray that can be shut down and this does not help. Have shut down some (but not all) of the other items that start when Windows launches, but no help. Have mentioned this to numerous other sites and tech support people and have never gotten any sort of helpful response. Anybody have any ideas??? Thanks for any help provided on this.

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    Did you try looking at you power management settings. there is one in there that shuts down the disk after a period of time (adjustable) and then when you do something that requires disk activity the disk has to strat up again. power management is located in control panel.

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    Windows ME runs programs in the background that don't appear on your system tray. For example, there's something called PCHealth that sends usage data to Microsoft, and there's the Windows Auto Update program as well. These run periodically throughout the day and when they execute your system will display exactly the behavior you mentioned in your post - sluggish response, slow jerky mouse movements, etc. You can go into the Task Scheduler from the Control Panel and turn all this stuff off. That should take care of your problem.

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    Sorry, this isn't the problem. I always disable power management--too much of a pain waiting for things to power up again to save a few cents of electricity a day...

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    Nope, this isn't the problem either. As I mentioned in my original post, this has occurred under Win 98/SE as well. I always turn off Task Scheduler completely. Another pain that isn't worth the aggravation to accomplish things that I tend to do regularly anyway. I will double check the Auto Update feature, however; I seem to recall this was in Win 98 as well and I don't see it in Task Scheduler.

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    Do you have Find Fast running? If so go to control panel open Find Fast and tell it to stop indexing and close. You can delet it from the control panel if you wish. This is a prime culprit in causing unexplained hard disk activity.
    Robyn

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    Although I always remove Find Fast from the Start Up group but also checked the Control Panel and see that it may in fact still be running anyway, so have stopped that. Will see what happens... Thanks.

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    I have a follow-up to this: In checking Scheduled Tasks in the Control Panel, under PCHealth Scheduler for Data Collection, I see have seen that this is running even after turning off Task Scheduler. And when I uncheck the box under Properties for PCHealth Scheduler for Data Collection, the next time I start the computer the thing is enabled again. Changing the other Properties also doesn't help as they are set back to the default whenever I start the computer again.

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    I don't think Find Fast is running but I would like to ensure that fact by deleting it from the control panel. Can you tell me how to do that?

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    I believe that if you open it from the Control Panel, you can Right_Mouse | Delete each entry.
    If there are no drives showing/listed, you probably don't have it running.
    Also, check for files starting FFxxxxxx.xxx in the root directory of your drive(s) - I think the indexes are stored ther.
    Otherwise, I doubt if you can 'delete' it from the CP - it's probably part of the Office installation.

    (Sorry not to be more specific - this is all from memory.)

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    Delete is not an option for any control panel icons on my system either from right-click or select/edit.

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    That's what I expected - but can you double-click FF in the CP and right_click the drives in the new window?

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    Fortunately, I have nothing listed in the FF Index list window. I'm just so gun-shy on that <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=[censored] border=0>, I wanted to lose the icon as well. I thought (previous post) maybe somebody had a trick. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    AFAIK, it is part of the Office setup so you could probably remove it from there. But - if it's not doing anything, it's probably not worth worrying about now.

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    Re: Disk activity slows system

    I agree and am no longer going to worry about Find Fast.

    I am going to worry about not knowing what the hell AFAIK means. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

    It's tough being a new kid on the block.

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