And, for the past few months now, my laptop's been lagging. If I try to play any games, listen to web radio while using GIMP, or watch video clips; after a while, the CPU goes up to 100%, my computer feels hot, and everything lags. If I'm playing a game, it freezes in place. If I'm listening to web radio while using GIMP, the music stutters and the brushes in GIMP go very very slowly. If I'm watching video clips, the video either stops completely or goes very, very slowly. It takes a while for the CPU to go up to 100% (maybe 15 minutes or so), but when it does I have to stop what I'm doing.
When I first called Dell, they tried having me do an Express Scan, or something like that -- when the computer was booting up I hit a button and it scanned for hardware problems, etc. The computer would get so hot it'd lag, and it couldn't finish the scan. One time when I tried it, the thing turned itself off. After several more frustrating phone calls to Dell, they eventually had a new hard drive put in.
That hasn't solved the problem. I'm hoping maybe it's something with Vista that I can fix. If it's not, well, hopefully someone can tell me what is wrong...
I did a Google search on having the CPU run at 100%, and found a post recommending someone go to RUN and type in perfmon /report. So, I tried that. In the Resource Overview section of the report, it said:
Component - CPU
Status - Busy
Utilization - 86%
Details - High CPU load. Investigate top processes.
I tried to attach the report but it's 2.76 MB and the limit's 512kb, and so I can't attach it to the post. Copy & paste won't work either. So, I tried to be clever and took a screen capture of the first bit under CPU -> Process and saved it as a GIF image. It shows the Image Statistics and the Process Information.
Anyway, if anyone can help I'd really appreciate it. I've probably spent a total of at least 7 hours or so on the phone with Dell and another hour using their online chat, and it's never gone well.