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CPU pegged at 100%


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#1 PSpear

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:31 AM

I have an oldie-but-goodie-build-your-own system, Pentium IV, 2 GHZ, 1G RAM, etc. Just swapped out a bad CD burner with a new one, then installed a wireless router. Now my CPU is always at 100%, task manager shows 5 instances of svchost.exe running. Somewhere in the middle of all this, XP wanted to download and install updates, so I tried to do so, but not sure if it succeeded. I read about an issue with Microsoft Update that can cause this and tried some fixes suggested but no dice. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:36 AM

Which process is using the cycles?

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:51 AM

I'm at work, so can't check, but I do remember that only one of the processes running was using over 61,000K of memory. The rest were much lower. The PF usage was only in the low 200s, so it doesn't seem to be using a lot of RAM, just cycles, as you say.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:13 AM

Not interested in memory, only cpu%

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 12:23 PM

Sorry about that, I tend to get caught up in RAM usage. I'll check that out when I can.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 05:27 PM

Okay, turns out it was BM.exe (which stands for Bowel Movement as far as I'm concerned, but is aka HP Button Manager, apparently)so I shut it down and removed it. Running fine now.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 05:55 PM

Good deal. Glad you're all sorted out.




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