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PC is 'stuttering' for one or two seconds during Win2k install

On my install of Win2k I get stuttering for one or two seconds, like the CPU is maxed out or something. I see the effect when playing spider. The first couple of cards move very slowly and then everything is normal. How do I isolate the process/program that is causing this?

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To isolate the process causing the problem, use System Monitor (the performance monitor) and add in all of the instances of the Process: % Processor Time. Then open spider and move your first few cards. Go back to the System Monitor and remove all counters that don't show significant activity. The remaining counter is a possible suspect for causing the problem. If you don't seem to have enough time to inspect the results before they are overwritten, create a Counter Log to record the data into a log file and do your inspection from the log file.

Your problem is probably caused by an out-of-date or slightly damaged video driver or you are using a video card that isn't 100% compatible with Win2k or some other component in your computer. It is also possible that you have too little RAM in the system, your paging file is on a slow hard drive, the paging file is too small, or there is no additional free space on the hard drive for the paging file to use.

This was first published in July 2002

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