On my Dell Notebook, I recently upgraded my RAM from 8GB to 16GB, and the secondary mSata SSD from 32GB to 512GB. First HD is magnetic. On the SSD, I got Intel Rapid Start and Intel Rapid Storage running in 16GB and 64GB (now invisible) partitions I create after the upgrade.
Now I noticed that some programs somtimes just dont react. Typically, I have them minimized and put them back to normal (visible on screen) by clicking on the task bar. This most often works instantly, but with some programs like notepad++ and lync for business, this can take a few seconde, something like 3-5 seconds. Also, when I want to move a visible window, I sometimes get that delay.
Both is very cumbersome. When I start dragging a window I expect it to move, but here it does not move and only becomes usable after a few seconds, at which point I need to drag the window again.
I (think I) can increase the likelihood of the unwanted behavior by not using the program for a while. I think it is not related to any energy saving of the HD though, since I dont see increase response time when the problematic behavior occurs.
After the update, I have made a SATA FW upgrade (Crucial M550 now at version2) as well as Intel Rapid Storage upgrade to latest version. Windows 8.1 is all patched up.
Also, by now, I typically have task manager open on performance tab to watch the HD response time (for the magnetic drive, SSD shows 0% just about always). I did not notice anything unusual, like peaking response time or active time, when the programs/windows do not respond. CPU also is < 10% used, memory at 5GB/16GB.
So I tried:
- Task Manager performance tab -> no hint, normally at 0-10% active when programs not responding, response time < 100ms
- Resource Monitor -> no hint, though somehow some program always is accessing disk at ~10-100kB/s (which is not shown in Task Manager)
- Process Monitor -> no expert on this, I did not see anything I could pinpoint
- DebugView -> no expert here either, there were no messages though when programs were not responding
- Disable Intel Rapid Storage -> this was one of my first suspects, this did not change anything though
Where to start the debugging, or do you already have an idea on where things might go wrong?
Problem continues. Still, only some programs are affected:
- Notepad++ (and only when I have files open that are encrypted via Cloudfogger)
- Skype for Business
- Excel 2013 (perhaps also because there is a "bad" file in its recent file history)
- Visual Studio 2015 sometimes takes 1 minute till the "new project" dialog becomes responsive
Also, I typically have a VMWare Windows Guest open, in that one I don't see any of the problems in response time.