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Windows 7: Slow / unresponsive while extracting or burning

31 Dec 2009   #1

Slow / unresponsive while extracting or burning


While extracting (large) zip/rar files, the PC is not very responsive: I can hardly switch application, and web browsing, for example, is almost impossible. I used winrar and switched to 7zip, without much improvement.

Maybe unrelated, but another occurrence of slow-performance happens when I burn a DVD image (with imgburn) and I open/switch to another application: the buring buffer/cache drops to zero.

I have this:

DFI Lan Party JR 790GX-M2RS
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 920
G.Skill PK 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5
ASUS Radeon HD 3450
Hitachi Deskstar 750GB SATA-II

This did not happen on the same PC when I had Vista installed.

Any idea where to start troubleshooting?


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31 Dec 2009   #2

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Check that your memory is sufficient. Is it all being utiliized? Take the memory diagnostic test. Just type that phase in search and then click on memory diagonostic.
After a problem occurs, type event viewer in search and look for errors.
Make sure that all your drivers are up to date, per the device manager.
Try disabiling your fire wall and A/V
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07 Jan 2010   #3


Thanks for the reply. Drivers are updated. Memory installed is 4GB, available during (for example) RAR extract with 7-Zip is 2GB.
Disabling AV (Avira) does not have any effect. (Note that Avira can't be closed, just disabled). Firewall is not used. Mem test showed no issues.

Any other idea or diagnostig tool?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 Jan 2010   #4


seen this issue before... trying to find the thread now... was a sata issue i believe
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jan 2010   #5


That would be great... I searched before but couldn't find much. :)
Please let me know if you find anything!
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