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Chuck_Older
03-06-2005, 07:35 AM
I always turn off things like my SpamSubtract programs when running a program like FB. There's probably 8 or 9 programs that I simply turn off in task manager (yes I know what they do, lol)

But one thing is very odd. There is a system file, called svchost. It uses about 11k. I don't turn off system files, only owner files

Sometimes, I see two, or even three instances of svchost running! The 'duplicates' are about 5k if only one 'extra' svchost is running, and less than 1k if there are two 'extras'

When I start up the machine, there is only one!

Can anyone shed light on this? Obviously something might be wrong

Shift_E
03-06-2005, 07:53 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
But one thing is very odd. There is a system file, called svchost. It uses about 11k. I don't turn off system files, only owner files

Sometimes, I see two, or even three instances of svchost running! The 'duplicates' are about 5k if only one 'extra' svchost is running, and less than 1k if there are two 'extras'

When I start up the machine, there is only one!

Can anyone shed light on this? Obviously something might be wrong <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

To view the list of services that are running in Svchost:
1. Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type CMD, and then press ENTER.
3. Type Tasklist /SVC, and then press ENTER.

There is more information here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314056/EN-US/

It sounds like you have nothing to worry about. I hope this helps.

Chuck_Older
03-06-2005, 08:04 AM
Thanks!

zjulik
03-06-2005, 09:20 AM
Svchost is *the* most common and essential listing in your task manager. It runs your services and there will always be a number of them present. Just keep on doing what you are doing, and I guess you already are aware of BlackVipers page for tweaking and shutting down unnecessaries:
http://www.blackviper.com/

What you may pay attention to is if memory consumption rises steadily while you watch the task manager. That can indicate a memory leak somewhere.

BTW if you`re the lazy type, install FSAutoStart so you won`t have to do all that manual shutting down (and restarting after). It even refreshes your ram before gaming. Link:
http://www.kensalter.com/fsautostart/

Extreme_One
03-06-2005, 10:20 AM
<span class="ev_code_RED">WARNING!</span>

After drinking one too many glasses of wine I decided to follow BlackViper's advice on system tweaking.

Much of what he advises is extremely dangerous to your operating system - especially if you don't know what you're doing. If you complete the tweaks exactly as he suggests you begin by shutting down some processes which will rectify a problem if things do go wrong.
After looking at what he's recommending in the cold/ sober light of day (and one reinstallation of XP later) it's my opinion that most users would experience difficulties by following his guide.

You have been warned! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

wcat
03-06-2005, 10:37 AM
Thanks to Zjulik, I just discovered FSautostart, how many of you here use this? Any recommandations before I install/use it?

Thanks

-wcat-
417RCAF

PF_Coastie
03-06-2005, 10:38 AM
Very true EO, But......

If you follow his instructions to the T you should be fine. You must read everything he has to say. If you are following his guide I would recommend the "safe" settings and not Gamer or the other super tweak. The Gamer setup may shut down critical processes needed for the normal user. The safe settings will shut down stuff "most" pc users will not ever need.

It is all up to the individual user. The best route is to use his Profiles manager. That way you can have the default, Safe, Gamer and whatever other customizing you want without worrying about something getting shut down.

I just don't want people getting scared and not trusting these tweaks. They are helpful, especially when running an intense game such as this one. But, You are correct in warning people EO. Some just jump with both feet without ever even looking.

Extreme_One
03-06-2005, 10:44 AM
Yeah - I guess I do fall into the category of having dived in feet-first (straight into a wine glass)

I probably chose the wrong profile for my needs.

Anyway XP's running great now - was probably time for a reinstall anyway http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Weather_Man
03-06-2005, 02:40 PM
I've always prefered TweakTown's guides, From Reformat to Relax 1 and 2.
http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=review&dId=324
Though there are still a few things I don't agree with to disable. It's always better to err on the side of caution. Maybe set a service to manual instead of disable if you're not sure you'll need it.

zjulik
03-06-2005, 03:57 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by wcat:
Any recommandations before I install/use it?
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
As far as I can recall, FSAutostart comes with said BlackViper`s information on services. Still, the most gain is probably to be found by letting FSAS shut down what is normally running on your rig - things like MSN, AntiSpyware and the likes. Then you can start looking at services, but as EO said, be careful. Note that many players do tweak their services, and BVs site is highly regarded.
My setuphttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif:
http://home.no.net/newsreel/div/fsas.gif
Note: The DCom Server Process Launcher is only found in XP Service Pack 2.

MaxMhz
03-06-2005, 08:31 PM
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">BE CAREFULL HERE</span>

svchost CAN run in several instances, see
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314056/EN-US/

<span class="ev_code_RED">BUT</span>

Several versions of the Sasser worm use it too...

http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/sasser.mspx