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Sun, Sep 30, 2007 8:41 pm

Using a Disk Drive from a Dimension 2350 in a 4600

I had to move a disk drive from a Dell Dimension 2350 to a Dell Dimension 4600, because of a problem with the processor on the 2350 motherboard overheating. Unfortunately, Windows XP doesn't react well to a change of motherboard and the process or repairing Windows XP, so that the system was usable again, took me many hours.

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Mon, Sep 24, 2007 10:40 pm

Ghost 2003 Internal Error 36000

After running chkdsk /f on all drives in the system, I started an image backup of a Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 system from a Norton Ghost 2003 boot CD. I was attempting to backup an internal IDE drive to a double-layer DVD in the system's internal DVD writer. When I attempted to backup drive C (the second partition to a double-layer DVD, I got a "File Name ? (546)" error message. The backup aborted shortly after it started with the current file being backed up listed as "0 $MFT".

When I hit enter for "OK", I then received the following error message:

Internal Error 36000

An internal inconsistency has been detected
If this problem persists, contact Symantec Technical Support

		[  OK  ]

When I hit enter, I saw the following:

ABORT: 12020, Write to CD/DVD disc failed

ABORT: 36000, A generalException occurred

I rebooted and hit F8 prior to the system booting from the Ghost boot disc to choose what entries in config.sys and autoexec.bat should be processed. I chose not to execute "Ghost.exe" from autoexec.bat. When I got a command prompt, I entered ghost -fni instead, as suggested by How to troubleshoot the error: "Internal error 36000 . . . ". I then proceeded with the backup of the second partition, excactly as before. This time the backup completed succcessfully.

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Sat, Sep 22, 2007 11:59 am

Visual Basic Script to Check CPU Utilization

A user of a Windows 2000 Professional system was complaining that his system has been running very slow. He has stated that when he is typing in a Word document or an email message that the time between when he types characters and when they appear on his screen can be quite lengthy. I've seen problems on his system before with high CPU utilization and wanted to use a script that would monitor and record CPU utilization on his system.

I found a script posted on TechRepublic at CPU Utilization Script1. I modified the script so that I could specify the time interval between CPU utilization checks through an argument to the script when it is run. The modified script is available at CPU_Use.vbs 2.

The script can be run with csript /nologo CPU_Use.vbs or alternatively cscript /nologo CPU_Use num where "num" is the number of seconds to wait between CPU checks, e.g. csript /nologo CPU_Use 300 to check every 5 minutes.

The output is placed in C:\Processor.log; the output location can be changed by modifying the value of the strLogFile variable in the script. Output will look similar to the following:

9/22/2007       09:43
9/22/2007       09:48   19
9/22/2007       09:53   17
9/22/2007       09:58   17
9/22/2007       10:03   35
9/22/2007       10:08   14
9/22/2007       10:13   15

The first two columns list the date and time the script was run while the third lists the CPU utilization at the time the script was executed. There is no value for CPU utilization for the first entry in the log.

The script requires Windows XP or later. It will not run on Windows 2000. If it is run on Windows 2000, you will see CPU_Use.vbs(48, 1) Microsoft VBScript runtime error: ActiveX component can't create object: 'WbemScripting.Swbemrefresher' 3, 4

Most of the systems I support are Windows XP systems, so the script will still be useful to me, but I can't check the system I wanted to check in this case, since that system is a Windows 2000 system.


  1. CPU Utilization Script
    By: neilb
    Posted: January 4, 2006
  2. CPU_Use.vbs
    By: Jim Cameron (modifications to script written by neilb)
    MoonPoint Support
  3. ActiveX component can't create object: 'WbemScripting.Swbemrefresh
    Posted By: Daniel
    Date: April 19, 2005 - Microsoft community
  4. SWbemRefresher Object
    Microsoft Developer Network

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