I am not a great believer in solving problems by reinstalling. I am
merely pointing out options and asking questions to ascertain what might
be the best way to resolve your problems. You have a number of problems;
more than are immediately obvious. The loss of so many services is
I have found this link to documentation concerning your computer
The figures from Task Manager suggest your computer may be over reliant
on using the pagefile. The amount of RAM installed is minimal. Most
users need 512 mb to run Windows XP ( but they are using SP2 or SP3 -few
are still using SP1 who visit these newsgroups ) but this does depend on
what the computer is used for. Your computer can be upgraded to take a
maximum of 1 gb. However, I am not saying going to 1 gb is necessary
but additional RAM would be beneficial. You could conduct more detailed
tests to determine the extent your system is reliant on RAM. It could be
that the system is under stress at times for lack of memory and this
will lead to problems. Normally this becomes evident when applications
hangs and errors arise. I have not seen it reported that this can lead
to wholesale loss of services.
You did not say what McAfee product and version. Can you please provide
this information so that we can determine how comprehensive your
computer is? I am not sure we can rule out the possibility that malware
is causing your problems? I should say that McAfee is a resource hungry
product and not necessarily a good choice for a computer with only 256
mb RAM. There are more suitable freeware alternatives.
I would be interested in seeing a Disk Defragmenter report . Open Disk
Defragmenter and click on Analyse. Select View Report and click on Save
As and Save. Now find VolumeC.txt in your My Documents Folder and post a
copy. Do this before running Disk Defragmenter as it is more
What error and warning are there in the last two days in the System log
of Event Viewer?
A tip for posting copies of Error Reports! Run Event Viewer and double
click on the error you want to copy. In the window, which appears is a
button resembling two pages. Click the button and close Event
Viewer.Now start your message (email) and do a paste into the body of
the message. Make sure this is the first paste after exiting from
Hope this helps.
Enquire, plan and execute
> Hi Gerry,
> # Did any of the services I listed look relevant ??
> # My TaskMan shows commit charge Total 29M, Limit 64M, Peak 30M
> # My PC is Dell Dimension DIM2400 2.5G disk 256M ram 74Gb disk
> # My McAfee is an annual subscription update almost daily on line.
> I'm inclined to stick with the analysis a while longer. It always
> seems to me a 'cop-out' to start re-loading everything. That's
> usually what the AOL help desk say and it means they have no idea
> what's cooking. If it isn't on their list there is no analysis - just
> re-install. I came up a different IT route - may have cost me a
> little time over the years!!!
> Thank you for your interest. It's useful to bounce ideas off other IT
> folk. All the best. >> Stay informed about: SVCHOST - how?