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golden430

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I have an issue that has been happening since last week i think. The problem is that even with the computer in idle the disk usage has these spikes. When i want to play a simple .mp4 file it freezes several times and the all computer freezes when the spikes reach 100 %. I don't know what is causing this issue.

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broe23

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Just Windows doing some housekeeping. You would have to use System Internals Process Explorer, to dig down into what process is doing that. If your computer is freezing when playing music. The question comes to mind of what the program is that you are using to listen to .mp4 files.
 

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golden430

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Just Windows doing some housekeeping. You would have to use System Internals Process Explorer, to dig down into what process is doing that. If your computer is freezing when playing music. The question comes to mind of what the program is that you are using to listen to .mp4 files.


I use VLC but i've been using that for ages and it worked fine. This started like last week

Even eith everything closed it is writing some logs but thats not a reason to go to 100% !
 

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Go to processes and see if you can find what program is running. Auto indexing can run things if you have just installed windows or if you have installed a lot of new data/programs.

You may have malware as well. You might open control panel/programs and look through the list and see if you have anything extra you don't know about.

As above, housekeeping can do this but normally doesn't interfere with your work. I had a Lenovo desktop that would be idle and all of a sudden take off and run the drive for a long time for no apparent reason, I could not find any processes that were doing it. I even went in and shut programs/processes down one at a time and never did find it. Microsoft gremlins I guess :)
 

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golden430

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Go to processes and see if you can find what program is running. Auto indexing can run things if you have just installed windows or if you have installed a lot of new data/programs.

You may have malware as well. You might open control panel/programs and look through the list and see if you have anything extra you don't know about.

As above, housekeeping can do this but normally doesn't interfere with your work. I had a Lenovo desktop that would be idle and all of a sudden take off and run the drive for a long time for no apparent reason, I could not find any processes that were doing it. I even went in and shut programs/processes down one at a time and never did find it. Microsoft gremlins I guess :)

you're right. sometimes when i leave the computer turned on for about 20 minutes the disk goes to 90% and stays there and the cpu kicks in as well. i just move the mouse and everything calms down...

i dont have any viruses, i think.. and i'm watching the resources monitor closely to see whats happening but so far nothing special ..
 

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Maybe try this:

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Nuccii

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Probably a problem with hardware interrupts, which is either related to a driver you're using, or an actual hardware failure. Use a program called Process Explorer to further inspect your processes.
 

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golden430

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Probably a problem with hardware interrupts, which is either related to a driver you're using, or an actual hardware failure. Use a program called Process Explorer to further inspect your processes.

i updated the drivers and rebooted but the problem continues.. What can i do with Process Explorer ?
 

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Nuccii

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golden430

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Process Explorer will help determine what is doing what and when, in other words, who's hogging the resources. It may give you a better insight on what is going on beyond Task Manager.

Try this freeware one, I hear it is not too bad
Process Explorer - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

unfortunately, i can't find anything with process explorer. It is a great tool but everything is normal.. perhaps it's an hardware issue.. The hard drive is 2 yrs old
 

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Nuccii

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Doubtful that the hard drive is the problem, you could run a diagnostic by going to the hard disk manufacturers website and download their diagnostic utility to check the health of the drive if you wish.

More than likely there is some background processes that are operating when the computer is idle such as defragmenting, indexing etc., they usually settle down after a while. Maintenance in Action Center will give some idea what might be going on.
 

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golden430

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Still no clue about whats heppenig with the hard drive.. thinking about do a clean install but it could not solve the issue if it is an hardware one ..
 

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Nuccii

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    NIVDIA GeForce GT 520
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    Realtek ALC656GR CODEC
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golden430

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golden430

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Is defender or other software doing a disk scan?

Windows defender is disabled ( i dont like it) and nothing is runnning. with everything closed the resources manager only shows the logs files being written to the disk. But that happens with every computer and this issue started last week i think. To skip a song in itunes it takes 5 seconds or more..
I used to have tonnes of programs opened at the same time and more than 5.5GB ram used and the disk worked fine without any spikes
 

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    PEGATRON
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    8 GB
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    NIVDIA GeForce GT 520
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    Realtek ALC656GR CODEC
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    Samsung SyncMaster S22B350
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    1920X1080 32 bit color
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Nuccii

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Looks like your only recourse is to make sure that your bios is up to date and do a clean install. Back up your data first.
 

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    NIVDIA GeForce GT 520
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC656GR CODEC
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    Samsung SyncMaster S22B350
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