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Problem With Svchost


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#1 tipicreeper

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 05:41 PM

Hello everyone,
This is my fist post & hoping for some guidance by gurus.

I have built my own media computer that is storing all my music, pics & videos.
There is noting special about this system. Meaning no super hardware, XP Media Center with an AMD Dual core processor & board, SB Live sound card, ATI Video Card, 1TB of music storage, 1TB video storage, 750 mb pic storage and 500mb of OS & program area.

I tried to make strides to minimize the programs put on this machine as I just want to send the video to my TV and music to my stereo.

The problem I seem to have is: there is a program or programs accessing one of the instances of svchost.exe that momentarily sucks all the PCU and makes WMP skip.

This is frustrating. If I disable that particular instance of svchost with task manager, every thing is fine. Of course after I do that, I loose my network connections and if I stop WMP then I have to reboot to get the system back to “normal”.

So, I have come to the experts. Is there a way to determine what program is phoning home and screwing up the works? Then can it be disabled without making a mess out of the rest?

So, everyone knows a little about my background. I am not a complete computer novice but, I am far from Nick Burns (your company’s computer guy).

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Thank You,
-David

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 05:45 PM

Try using Process Explorer to see what is using svchost.exe when this problem occurs. In Process Explorer right-click on svchost.exe, select properties and then click the Threads tab. See if you can identify the filename for the thread that is using high CPU.
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Posted 03 August 2008 - 05:55 PM

Thank You Budapest,
I will download Process Explorer & try tonight.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 09:16 PM

DHCP service is svchost.exe. Maybe its that one (I need it for internet). Also, have you tried just turning on WMP and letting it spike for a while? maybe its trying to update or something. Also, spyware might be attacking you, run a scan. Have you tried disabling themes? that could be a factor.
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Posted 04 August 2008 - 09:49 PM

Not to alarm you , but some viruses disguise themselves with that name or similar.

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 08:43 AM

Not to alarm you , but some viruses disguise themselves with that name or similar.


Yes, they do but its not the greatest idea to jump to the conclusion that it is a virus, as is svchost.exe is also an important windows file. So if we go about deleting that, disaster may strike.
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