So… I spend about 10-12 hours this weekend trying to get this fairly nice Thinkpad into shape for a friend. She and her husband use it for home and business and she needs it back online. She says it “runs really slow”. She’s right, it runs like a pig on quaaludes, which is surprising because it has 85% system resources free and and Win ME would usually run OK (speedwise) on a 400 Mhz Pentium with 128 megs of RAM and a 6 gig hard drive. I’ve removed all the unnecessary applets running in memory, reduced the startup up group to bare minimum.
But…… it’s…….just…….crawling… and why does that disk activity light keep flashing.
I try defragging, but it takes forever to even get it to try to scan the disk prior to defrag. I give up thinking there might be a media error problem and try scandisk, but it keeps re-starting because something is writing to the disk and writing HARD. The disk activity indicator is flashing like no one’s business… even if the machine is not touched, but how? I’ve deactivated and removed all non-critical applets in memory. What the hell is going on? I try starting in safe mode and a dozen other tricks to get it to stop but something is still hammering the hard disk.
Virus? Not likely. Norton Anti-Virus was one of the applets I temporarily deactivated. So I waste a huge chunk of time trying to track down the origin of these disk writes. Nothing helps and nothing works to stop it.
I call my friend this morning.
Me: “Blah blah blah… did all I could but your main problem is that something is continuously writing to the hard drive and this sis sucking up a lot of your resources.”
Friend: “Well do you think it could be that program Spectre Pro I told you about that I installed to secretly record all keystrokes and what someone did on the computer?”
Me: “You didn’t tell me about that.”
Friend: “Oh I didn’t?”
The remainder of this conversation is left to the reader’s imagination.