What you did: Well basically I started downloading a torrent. It was downloading at around 1.1MB/s (max). However this issue also appears when I’m not downloading anything and just seeding stuff.
What actually happened or you actually saw: I saw lots of red bars in dpclat.exe The sound became choppy, started stuttering. Every second (or, at the best, every few seconds), there’s a sound stutter. Just as in all dpc latency issues.
What you expected to happen or see: I expected to see… literally nothing. Well apart from green bars in dpclat.exe
How you tried to fix it & what happened: I thought it might be a small network traffic monitoring app (skin for Rainmeter), but disabling it didn’t fix it, so that’s not it. After quitting the torrent app it goes back to normal. More or less.
Whether you can make the problem happen again, and if so exact steps to make it happen: Of course I can, it’s enough to start a torrent app and grab any torrent with good speeds.
Any other information (eg your guess regarding the cause, with reasons): It is just like long, long time ago, when Comodo CIS (I think it was 4.x) had those DPC latency issues. It’s been fixed before, and now it’s back (I haven’t updated network drivers since that time as there aren’t any newer). I think it started happening after last (or the one before) Comodo CIS update (which, by the way, was somewhat faulty, it told me to update like 7 times before it actually decided it’s updated already…)
CIS version, AV database version & configuration used: 5.3.176757.1236
Defense+, Sandbox, Firewall & AV security levels: D+=disabled , Sandbox=disabled , Firewall = safe, AV = not installed
OS version, service pack, number of bits, UAC setting, & account type: Windows 7 Professional, x64, UAC enabled, administrator account
UPDATE: of course, if I hit Exit in the torrenting app, I get a nice FREEZE of the OS for a few seconds, when the sound is so choppy it’s like listening to a machine gun. Even mouse is stuttering, actually everything is stuttering then, absolute maximum dpc jumps to (at least) 41000 us, and then a minute or so after exiting the torrent app the graph is all nice and green:
I can’t say for sure that it wasn’t happening before (I remember getting irritated by that many times in the past), but there was a long, nice time when I didn’t have any of those DPC latency issues (and as far as I recall, I didn’t have those issues right after the new interface/skin was introduced, which I think makes it 5.0). I guess I wouldn’t mind installing an older version to check it though.
The torrent app I’m using is uTorrent.
It’s been running for a while now, here are statistics since launching:
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I confirm DPC is back since version 5.3.175888.1227, at least in my case.
This is what I wrote on News section:
I’m new here but I’m using Comodo Firewall since v2 and I want to say you’re doing a great job!
I have a problem, I’m using Comodo Firewall 5.3 and after the update to 5.3.175888.1227 was applied, I started having problem with DPC Latency, after 8 hours and >8 GB upload with utorrent, DPC Latency variates between 5000-16000 microseconds. If I disable network card or close utorrent, problem disappears. I don’t know exactly in which version this bug was present, I think it was last year and I had the same problem with that version.
Can anyone confirm this bug or my problem is caused by another software program? Huh
My specs: Windows 7 x64+SP1, avast! 5.1.889, Comodo Firewall 5.3.175888.1227, utorrent 2.2, latest Realtek drivers for network card.
So, after approximately 3-3,5 hours DPC is showing 2000-3000 microseconds. I think DPC latency increases directly proportional with the amount of network traffic or connections number.
First, I uninstalled avast and problem didn’t disappear, it did after I uninstalled Comodo. That day utorrent downloaded 8GB and uploaded 100GB and DPC Latency was <500 microseconds.
Hmm okay, so here’s as I promised:
Comodo CIS v5.3.176757.1236 (latest)
uTorrent running for around 5.5 hours (you can see the launch date/time highlighted in the video, as well as current system time and what happens when I start downloading ubuntu (max speed is 1.2MB/s) http://www.screencast.com/t/CVsX88q1RgL5
Now if I exit uTorrent and start it again and start downloading ubuntu,it behaves like this: http://www.screencast.com/t/JmrrgB1cyuA
it looks better, but still far, far from perfection.
I’m gonna leave uTorrent running for 12h+ and report back with another video tomorrow.
For what it’s worth I can cause DPC latency to increase to unacceptable levels simply by maximising the uTorrent window. Maximise the uTorrent window, latency constantly hits 4000, minimise the window to the system tray, latency instantly reduces to well below 500. This is reproducible always.
This is regardless of the number of torrents being uploaded/downloaded, or the speed with which the transfers take place.
For a couples of days i noticed some troubles while listening MP3 with foobar, jetaudio. Same problems occurred while playing youtube video. After some hours of searching i found DCP Latency Checker. 18000+ ms after 10+ hours of running utorrent (it was yesterday). After utorrent was restarted, DCP is about < 500 ms, after 1 hour of running utorrent DCP >= 2000 ms. Then i found this topic. Uninstalled Comodo Firewall. Right now DCP <= 500 ms (peak 698 ms), after 2 hours of running utorrent.
By the way… Comodo update wizard was false positive all the time…
Hope you’ll fix it, because right now i’m without firewall =\
Copy the attached file named cmdhlp.sys to the folder;
Run “dseo13b.exe” (Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider), choose “Enable Test Mode” and then click Next;
After log on you should see a watermark (Test Mode) down in the right corner above task bar. Run “dseo13b.exe”, choose “Sign a system driver”, click Next, insert the address for cmdhlp.sys (c:\windows\system32\drivers\cmdhlp.sys) then click Ok. It will tell you that the ssytem file has been signed successfully;
Choose “Remove watermarks” and click Next. This option will remove “Test Mode” watermark;
Now, Comodo should work fine without DPC problem. It does for me!
They know what driver causes the problem and I think they will fix it with the next update.
LE: I forgot to tell you, Comodo Updater will show you that new update is available, ignore this unless the new version is >5.3.176757.1236!