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Programs take ages to load when network cable is plugged in

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#1 Graham Sumner

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 03:02 PM


Im not sure where to start here. My xp pro laptop sp3 runs fine until I plug in the network cable. Then the hard drive light comes on and seems to stay on. Programs take much much longer to load and the hard drive seems to go one forever.

I've :-

Virus checked ( with several different checkers )
Ran several anti malware programs

Before I throw this to the malware guys, Is there anything I can try with networking to see whats going on? Perhaps its the network card failing or something.

Hope someone can help


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Posted 14 February 2010 - 07:03 PM

One possibility is software updaters, Windows Update and others, that are kicking in on connection and downloading in the background. LAN errors could certainly cause the machine to slow down but usually won't hit the disk unless they are being logged. You might check the system logs for clues. You could also grab a copy of TCPView from SysInternals and fire it up before connecting the wire. It should show you all of the incoming and outgoing connections and help chase down the suspects.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:20 PM

That's true. many programs check for updates as soon as the computer is connected to the internet. I know Quickbooks is always running in the background checking for updates. So check the task manager and see what is taking up the most resources.

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