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svchost using 99% to 100% of the processor

Today I unearthed an old hard drive with Windows XP on it. After a few hours twiddling I finally got the wireless to work on it... although even before that, the svchost application would make use of 99%+ of the processing time.

With just the default System Manager it's hard to find out what really takes time, so I downloaded procexp.exe from the Windows website (DON'T DOWNLOAD A VERSION FROM ANYWHERE ELSE!) and that showed me the tree and thus which tool was using all the processor time.

Surprise! Surprise!

The problem was the automatic windows update. (the

CVS and really large files

Yesterday, I got a nice little surprise...

I inadvertendly added two copies of an uncompressed MS-Access data in my CVS. The files were over 400Mb (about 434Mb if I'm correct.) This started okay, then slowly I could see my memory going banana.

Wow! It took a good 20min. to check-in. My CVS is on my computer, so it is not the transfer that's slow... The fact is, the allocated a buffer for the entire file! My computer was on its knees!

Sensors

For a long time now I've been looking for a way to check out the temperature of my computer while Linux is running. I had heard about ways to do it but never actually knew how to make it work.

After quite some research, I found a tool used to show all sorts of status on your computer. The author said something about the temperature of the processors and thus I read on. I downloaded the lastest version. Compiled it and got lucky (i.e. it worked right away!). I started it and... hmmm... no temperature.

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