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Cpu At 100% When Multi-tasking


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#1 XML2005

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:48 AM

I have a Dell Dimension desktop with Pentium® 4 CPU, 1.5 GB RAM, 40 GB HD of which 16.5 GB is free, pagefile is set to 700-3072MB.

My CPU often is at 100% when multi-tasking (e.g. running Quicken & Visual Studio at the same time), even though I have lots of free RAM. I verified via HijackThis that I have no malware. I booted to Utility Partition to run all hardware diagnostics. I'm not PC literate enough to know: Does the fact that they all ran ok confirm that my fans and hard drive and battery are working as well as they should, or is further testing required? Might my CPU just be too slow for all the software I am concurrently running? Must I replace it?

I have tried to use SpeedFan, but it's beyond my level of expertise.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:00 AM

More RAM never hurts. Have you tried setting the page file to let Widows adjust for maximum use (or however they word it)?
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:15 AM

I'd also consider a HDD upgrade.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:21 AM

Sorry, I am a hardware ignoramus: What do you mean by a HDD upgrade: faster hard drive (in which case, I would appreciate a recommendation), or larger hard drive?
Thanks for your help.




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