September 28, 2007 11:17 PM Subscribe
Windows services from hell, I command you to leave... please? How do I stop them eating cpu like candy?
posted by Iosephus to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The possessed: Toshiba Portege M200, 768K RAM, XP SP2, Intel Pentium M 1.67 GHz, NVidia Go 5200, no funny things floating inside as far as I know. Laptop is a lending, so not possible to follow the "reformat and reinstall" usual advice (which looks like a circus trick to do in any case, considering the thing lacks a CD/DVD/floppy drives and no USB boot capability). Followed several online hints about what services to kill and not, not much changed in the CPU frenzy. I can see a regular 20-30% eating, with often enough spikes into the 50%. It did got a little better once, when I tried lobotomizing the services right and left, but it screwed up most of the things I wanted to do. On sporadic occasions, svchost.exe and the NVidia nvsvc32.exe go bonkers and stay in 100% until I kill them. Or just the svchost.exe (so I can't blame NVidia - by the way, everybody and their momma has a diferent opinion about what version drivers for NVidia I should be using in this thing; right now it seems to be loaded or cursed with the 165.01 version). Spyware and virus scans with decent and updated tools show cleanliness and health, so I can't blame that either.
I'm halfways already to buying my own refurbished machine, but being the stubborn SOB I am, I want to beat this beast into some sort of submission (not to mention it would be a nice way to pay back the owner's kindness for the lending when I finally give it back in a better state than it left). Clues? Hopelessness to share?