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#1 erexx

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 01:32 AM

I am having a huge problem with my PC.
Everything was working if until a few nights ago when the game I was playing started stuttering really hard.
After some investigation a great fear that I been infected with some kind of root got into by brain.

I wiped my computer clean and performed a clean install but the same problem exists.

Explorer.exe constantly access the registry for a tcpip information.
I have disabled the nic and it continues.
The hard drive light flashes like a beating hart.

I can time the hiccups in game play with the the flashing of the hard drive light.

Panda, Trend, AVG show nothing.
S&D and xoftspy show nothing.
Hijack this looks clean

TCPview shows no network access

I have no idea what to do.

Here is a screen shot of what see occurring 20 times a second in Processes monitor.

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 09:22 AM

Hi erexx.

Your hard drive could be failing and trying to successfully read the same bit of data over and over again.

Identify the make of your HDD and download the diagnostic program from it's manufacturer.
Seagate/Maxtor/Quantum,

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/

Western Digital,

http://support.wdc.com/download/

Hitachi/IBM,

http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm

Samsung.

http://www.samsung.com/in/products/harddis...ities/hutil.htm

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 10:04 AM

If you've wiped the computer clean, reinstalled Windows and have reinstalled the drivers (very important) - I'd have to suspect a hardware issue with your network card (could be deeper, but a network card is the cheapest way to go at first). Try removing your network card from the system (physically take it out) - if it's built into the motherboard diable.

If disabling the network card makes the problem go away - then you've found the problem. If it doesn't, then you'll have to try isolating other components.
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 12:00 PM

I have disable the on board nic and installed another Intel PCI card.
Still the same result.

I installed the OS on a different hard drive.
Loaded all the latest drivers.

Still have the same result.

Immediately after installing the OS I ran process monitor and received the same result.

I pulled everything except the primary drive swapped out the video card.
Same result... constant hard drive activity... explorer constantly polling tcpip registry settings...

I dont have spare mem, cpu or mobo to test.

ungh.... look like my pc's core is rip...

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 12:20 PM

You can run SiSoft Sandra Lite (free here: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.html?dir...n=sware_dl_3264 ) to see if the CPU and mobo is functioning OK (it's not a 100% solution - but it can give you some ideas).

You can test your hard drive by visiting the manufacturer's website and downloading a free diagnostic utility from there.

You can test your memory by downloading this free, bootable utility and burn the ISO to a CD with an ISO burning tool: http://www.memtest86.com/
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