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Reducing CPU Overload?

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#1 TurboChicken


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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:44 PM

I am running Windows 7 Home Professional on an Asus K52J laptop with a quad-core I5 processor Norton as my antivirus software. I am a composer and use Finale 2012b, and anybody familiar with Finale knows that it is a huge resource hog. Frequently during playback I get alerts from Norton telling me that Finale is using too much memory. So, I hit ctl+alt+del to check the CPU usage chart, and it shows Finale as only using 2 cores while the other 2 show no activity. A search on the Finale forums as well as the user manual turned up nothing, so I was wondering if theres an option in Windows that allows you to split up processor usage across all 4 cores. Any help is appreciated, thank you!

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#2 LucheLibre


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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:11 PM

You're confusing processor resources with RAM resources. Norton is warning you about the latter.

How much RAM do you have installed? Click the Start Orb, right-click Computer and select properties. The amount of RAM you have will be shown in that box under the System heading.

Also, click the start orb, type in Resource Monitor. When it shows up in the search results, click it.

Click the Memory tab and sort the list by Working Set. That will show, in order, what programs are using up your memory.

Chances are that you have programs auto-starting in the background and using up RAM. Use a program such as Autoruns to list those programs. Guide to using Autoruns

Bleeping Computer has a large resource of startup programs here to help you decide what to disable.

Edited by LucheLibre, 28 January 2012 - 09:19 PM.

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