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Old 01-01-04, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default System pause every 2 minutes

A few days ago my PC started to freeze or slow for about 1 second every 2 minutes (not exact or consistent times, but very close). On further investigation, I discovered that the process 'system' uses almost 100% cpu time briefly every 2 minutes as it performs some kind of IO operation involving the hard disk. I've attached an image of the effect. That image was taken after about 8 hours of idle usage. I have checked for viruses, unplugged network, checked services and run programs, terminated all unnecessary processes, defragmented, checked DMA, but still can't figure why windows is doing this, and why it only started a few days ago. As you can imagine, a 1 second pause every 2 minutes is very annoying if you try to play a game. I usually end up dead after the pause due to losing a fire fight, or crashing a vehicle etc.

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Repairing windows didn't fix the problem, but re-formatting and re-installing did. Never did figure out why it behaved that way.
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