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Old 08-11-2010, 09:14 AM   #61
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Polarized plug on the power cord and I checked the outlet, no reversed polarity there either. Good thought though. Haven't got around to checking it with another outlet yet.
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OK, mystery solved (and I feel like such a numbnutz). I keep the turntable covered because we have so much dust with all the horses our neighbors have. When I uncovered it to move it to another location, I noticed the arm with the cartridge had been dislodged from its little rest post and the stylus was on the rubber turntable mat. As soon as I picked it up and put it back the noise stopped. The noise was coming from inside the turntable, not the computer! My hearing was tricked somehow by how everything is arranged. I plugged everything back, power, input cable into the computer, turned on the speakers and viola!!! perfecto! Next to try playing and recording a record. Should be A-OK.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:30 PM   #63
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OK, mystery solved (and I feel like such a numbnutz). I keep the turntable covered because we have so much dust with all the horses our neighbors have. When I uncovered it to move it to another location, I noticed the arm with the cartridge had been dislodged from its little rest post and the stylus was on the rubber turntable mat. As soon as I picked it up and put it back the noise stopped. The noise was coming from inside the turntable, not the computer! My hearing was tricked somehow by how everything is arranged. I plugged everything back, power, input cable into the computer, turned on the speakers and viola!!! perfecto! Next to try playing and recording a record. Should be A-OK.
Good job. I understand the numbnutz feeling - it sounds like half the computer or audio problems I deal with at home as well..
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Heh, so much for remote troubleshooting. We can't see the obvious.
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I looked at the processes under Task Man. right after start up when it was totalled bogged down and although nothing showed any particular CPU usage, in the memory column 2 files were outrageously hoggish- wuauclt.exe (which seems to be something in the system files) and svchost.exe (systems/communication files?). Later they had mellowed out, wuauclt.exe disappeared from the list and the svchost was very low usage.
It seems you've already bought a new PC, but I was having a similar problem with my 4yo Dell Inspiron laptop recently. After googling a bit, it seems that wuauclt has something to do with the Windows update process. So I did a shut down and let it install the updates (there were six in my case), and voila! the next time I rebooted the machine was zippy fast again...

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