Robear Dyer (PA Bear) writes:
> Why hasn't SP3 been installed by now?
I guess you could say I'm the antithesis of an early adopter. I've only been
running XP for 2 years. I ran WinME for more than 2 years after end of
support with no ill effects.
> How long overdue was it and why was it overdue? Is Automatic Updates enabled?
About 11 months. I only do manual updates, although admittedly I should do
them more often.
> > I recall one of the updates was a SP for NET 2.0.
> We can't rely on your recollection.
Bad choice of words. One of the updates was indeed a SP for NET 2.0 (KB953300)
> What does Update History section of http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com say you installed yesterday (KB numbers)?
There was also a SP for NET 1.1, KB953297. The rest were mostly XP security
updates (40 in total).
> Is it once every 20 minutes or not? (Yes, time it & make a record of it before replying.)
The time depends on whether the computer is idle or not. When idle, I timed
it at 22.5 minutes. Another time, it was 20 minutes.
> What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)? What third-party firewall (if any)?
I use Avira. I update the definition file and do a manual scan once a week
(also MalwareBytes). Since I use Firefox, I rarely find any issues and I
don't ever recall a virus detection on this machine. I only use my router's
firewall (Defender is turned off). Good browsing and email habits are the
best defense against bad stuff, coupled with regular scans.
> Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the computer (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought it)?
No. I installed retail version of XP so no pre-installed security software.
I previously used AVG, but uninstalled last summer and replaced with Avira.
Here are the reasons I believe the problem is related to mscorsvw (and hence
1) the problem started immediately after the updates
2) I found at least two other reports of mscorsvr causing unexplained beeps
3) the Process Monitor log reveals that the beep occurs in conjunction with
a flurry of msconsvw activitiy
4) my attempt to force ngen to process all pending processes reliably
generates the beep when it hangs on a missing file attributed to AutoCAD
I think #4 pretty much nails it. Since my autoCAD install is nominal, I have
no idea how to resolve the missing file error, which is apparently
responsible for the beeps.
It is frustrating that mscorsvw doesn't provide GUI guidance when it
encounters an error. The user shouldn't have to go to all this trouble to
identify the source of an error, and in this, case, still no clue as to how
to resolve the missing file issue. (e.g., if I knew where mscorsvw expects to
find adui16res.dll, I would simply copy it to that location!)