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Let me get out my important system specs before I get started.

Intel P4 2.53GHZ 533MHZ FSB
Soyo P4X400 Lite Mobo
1GB PC3200 DDR400
ATI 9700 Pro
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Okay here it goes, last night my CPU started running at 100%. I rebooted and went to bed. This morning it started again. Doing the ole ctrl+alt+del reveals that dfgntfs.exe is causing the trouble. I did a google search on it and couldn't come up with a solution. I tried ending the process to no avail. The only thing I did was install 2 games, Deus EX 2 and Crazy Taxi 3. I ran adaware and got nothing. I ran Norton AV and got nothing. All drivers are up to date and so is adaware and NAV. At this moment it is still running at 100% and he PC is going slower then molasses in January. Any suggestions?
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did you mean dfrgntfs.exe?

Sounds like Automated hard-drive defragging...

Try looking if there's anything in the Micro$oft Scheduler.
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Oops that is what I meant. I have never set this thing to auto start. It just all of a sudden happened. I'll look into it.
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It is not scheduled in the Task Scheduler or anywhere else for that matter. Any other suggestions? This is really pissing me off.
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look to see if it is in your boot process (start > run > msconfig)
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If IH8Purple's suggestion doesn't work try editing the reg key

(I'm on Win2K at the moment so it should be close to this)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run

Although, *note -I highly suggest not editing your registry if you don't know what you're doing.
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I checked msconfig and it wasn't there. The closest key in the registry I could find was this:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows

when you expand windows there is a ton of crap that all look legit. I am fairly comfortable with editing the registry as long as I have some clear instructions to follow.

What I did was disabled task manager and rebooted. all seems to be good now. I am a much calmer person. Thanks for the help. If it kicks back up I'll be back.
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Not sure that was a good choice grinch2171 -- if you CTRL+ALT+DEL do you still get a task manager option?

Task manager isn't one you want to nix. It helps you fix what's broken. i.e. shows you all running tasks/applications/programs and what-not

I'm glad it gave you a temporary fix, but it certainly isn't going to be a permanent one.
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grinch2171 wrote:
I checked msconfig and it wasn't there. The closest key in the registry I could find was this:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows

when you expand windows there is a ton of crap that all look legit. I am fairly comfortable with editing the registry as long as I have some clear instructions to follow.

What I did was disabled task manager and rebooted. all seems to be good now. I am a much calmer person. Thanks for the help. If it kicks back up I'll be back.


you don't have "/currentversion/run" in that? -- I've never seen a windows version that doesn't -- in that key is all the tasks set to run on startup. The defrag key should be there.
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Found it, was looking in wrong place, nothing mentioning defrag in that key
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What's in the run key? (name is all that's needed)
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Ad-watch
C media mixer
CT Startup
JetDetection
NeroFilterCheck
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Do you have any idea what the CT startup is? I can't find out anything relevent about it.
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EAX splash screen
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Taking a guess that's where you're problem is. Keep in mind I have zero experience with EAX...but just reading this tells me you need to look into it:

http://www.gamersimpact.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3201
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Thanks will look into it, don't see how that will cause the defragger to go off like it did but I'll disable it, I don't need it.
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P.s. since there's been no post back in awhile I assume the "grinch" is working on it. I wouldn't have even caught it if it wasn't for the fact that in his initial post where he quoted his specs:

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The PC seems to be running fine. My CPU usage was normal this morning. Why would EAX be a problem? The card is supposed to support it. Is it a driver issue? Or is it a fuction that just isn't fully supported yet?
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*shrug -- I'd guess it's probably a conflict between the card the driver and XP or any combination of the above. Anyway, I guess that took care of your problem by the sound of it?
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So far so good. Thank you very much
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what about going to start menu...programs...accessories...system....system restore....and restore your compuiter to befor you installed your games then try installing just one game at a time like one per day and maybe help you narrow down your problem
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I hate system restore with a passion. Quite honestly I don't know if installing the games was the problem. All I did was put the disk in and hit install and walked away, checked to see the progress and inserted disk 2 if necessary. So I didn't notice a performance problem during install because I wasn't really paying attention. I did check to see if one of them installed properly and I know that game uses EAX. So me disabling EAX seems to have fixed the problem.

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