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Hi,

I am using Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and I notice the following processes waking up to be very active for a while and keep my laptop busy/slow. For instance, pressing the Start button takes a couple of minutes to show the menu.

Since it's a laptop, it has a reasonably small hard-disk so it might not really take so much of resource crunching to get the file indexing right, if that's the case.

IEXPLORER.EXE (IE) and explorer.exe (windows explorer), wake up randomly and start to grill my hard-disk. Engage my laptop's resources for 95% of time.

savedump.exe (starts after a login as a result of the Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death).

Savedump.exe is a core system process. I am not able to kill it as it never seams to stop. I can always restart the explorers. Is there a way to disable savedump? I guess it's trying to save some system/info after a crash but it is very irritating.

The same goes for cidaemon.exe, a real daemon.

Thanks in advance.
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by:jjeff1
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open up start | run and type in drwtsn32, turn off all the "create dump file" stuff. That should disable it.

What is happening here is the machine is shutting down improperly, then trying to make a savedump file on restart. I had this happen once and it really messed up my machine until I made it stop. In my case it was a server.

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by:pc-tony
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Are you running any Antivirus stuff ??
I have found that these sometimes have a very simlar effect to the dump effect as above....

Tony

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by:baigmz
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Yes, I am running the antivirus program but it doesn't start scanning so often. Plus the process are clearly IE and Windows explorer.

jjeff1, thanks for you note. I've disabled the dump creation.

Any idea on why IE and explorer start grinding my hard-disk once in a while? Perhaps IE is spying on my settings and stuff.
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If you want to get a good idea of what files are being accessed, take a look at this util:

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/filemon.shtml

This shows file access by process in realtime. But it can generate some huge log files. You will probably have to run it manually when you notice things going haywire. At least you'll know which files are being accessed. This might let you know why.

As for what is causing it....

How long does this last? Does it gring on the HDD until you reboot or just for a few minutes?

This sounds like one of the things Windows does to try and help you. You might try clearing out your history and temp internet files, as well as the recent documents list. Also take a look at your shortcuts on the desktop and start menu. Make sure they point to valid local files, not network or removeable media files. Windows tries to verify shortcuts every few minutes, when it finds an invalid shortcut ( like one pointing to the floppy) it keeps retrying it for a few seconds.

You might also remove any of those add-ons for IE, like all-advantage or any of those wacky helper utils.
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by:baigmz
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Thanks for all the info.

The HDD grinding lasts for 10-15 minutes.

There have been instances of RealNetwork's RealPlayer scanning through my profile to "survey" my preferences. That's the reason why I am suspecting IE. The idea of the design for these programs (including Findfast.exe etc) is to carry out such scanning operations as fast as possible. They also, for some reason, get a higher priority. They should be given lower priority even if it takes more time for them to complete. Anyway, there's always hardware to get the blame for lack of resources.

Thanks.
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