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"My Computer" Taking a very long time to open


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#1 Hawg

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 11:38 AM

Hello everybody,

The patient is a Dell Inspiron 9300 Laptop with 512MB Ram, 60GB HD 40% free, Windows Media Center Edition, SP3. When I open "my Computer" it takes almost two minutes to show drives and icons. I have run Combofix and an AVG full scan. It was slightly infected and now clean. Still does it. I've removed all non-essential software, turned off almost all autoruns, done a defrag and a drive C:\ "cleaning" I ran it through CCleaner and Advanced Windows Care. for the most part it's pretty well behaved and operational. Virtual memory is set to 1024/2048. What is that little flashlight working on so hard when I open My Computer?

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 03:03 PM

Open up Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and click on the Processes tab
Click on the View menu item, then on Select columns.
Place a check mark next to I/O Reads and click OK to accept the changes.

Then stretch out the Task Manager window so you can see all the columns.
Double click on the column header (to sort by that column) and then open My Computer and see what processes spike the highest.
You can do this for the I/O Reads column, the Memory column, and the CPU column.

Also, do you have any mapped network drives that no longer exist? That is another reason for a long delay - the system is searching for network resources that no longer exist.
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Posted 02 November 2008 - 06:18 PM

Also, do you have any mapped network drives that no longer exist? That is another reason for a long delay - the system is searching for network resources that no longer exist.


"Hey, great idea" I thought as I read your response! See, I am having the same issue with one of my computers, it takes a long time for My Computer to open and populate. So, based on your advice I took a good hard look at what was going on on my computer, and I noticed that my A: drive (floppy) shows up even though it hasn't worked properly for a while. I went into Device Manager and Disabled it. Now My Computer opens and populates like normal. No, it was not a network resource, but it was a resource that was malfunctioning none the less. Thanks usasma!
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Posted 02 November 2008 - 06:59 PM

Thanks for the help guys, this is a laptop, no floppy, but we did check... No change. No network drives, simple home laptop. Still getting the "flashlight to nowhere". We 86'd all the devices in the bios from boot order except for hdd and cdrom. We've been stripping out all the sw we can dare to and still getting it. This is so fun!

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 07:22 PM

Hello Hawg,

The following article is a bit old, but it may apply to your situation:

"Long delay before files appear in My Computer in Windows XP":

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;EN-US;819017




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