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cpu spiking to 100%---ff?


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#1 s.h.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:48 PM

I have xp sp3, propel accelerator, 512 mb ram, ff 14.0.1, ie 8, Avast internet security and malwarebytes. I'm also on dial-up which normally dials in at 24.0 kbps. I've noticed that when I open a webpage, my cpu level jumps to 100% for a few moments but then goes back down. Sometimes, though, when I'm on sites with a lot of graphics, it will jump to 100% and stay there which pretty much freezes the computer. It doesn't happen all the time but I'd like to figure out why it's happening. I've taken my computer in for this problem a couple months back but it never happened for them. And avast and malwarebytes never finds anything on my computer. I usually only use firefox, never ie. IE runs slower than ff on my computer. Is it the speed I dial in at? Do I need more ram? Could it be FF? When the CPU level hits 100%, I try to pull up the windows task manager (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't). Here's the info:

Processes: between 37 and 40
Commit Charge: @300M/1248M (What is a commit charge?)

And then I usually have to press the power button and do a system restore because nothing will shut down. I was told that if your CPU stays at 100% for an amount of time it could actually melt the inside of the computer. True?

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:56 PM

Open task manager to the Processes tab and sort on the cpu column with the highest usage at the top. Leave task manager on top. Next time the cpu spikes see which process is using the cycles.

Commit charge: http://www.ehow.com/about_5092680_commit-charge-task-manager.html

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:57 PM

And then I usually have to press the power button and do a system restore because nothing will shut down. I was told that if your CPU stays at 100% for an amount of time it could actually melt the inside of the computer. True?


All that happens is the CPU runs hotter.
If the CPU gets to hot the computer will shut down to prevent damage.

If the computer can handle it 1Gb (twice what you have now) should make it operate better.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:10 PM

Open task manager to the Processes tab and sort on the cpu column with the highest usage at the top. Leave task manager on top. Next time the cpu spikes see which process is using the cycles.

Commit charge: http://www.ehow.com/about_5092680_commit-charge-task-manager.html


I always thought that you were supposed to look at the mem usuage, not the cpu. System idle process seems to have a 98 nest to it. Does that mean 98% of the computer. Thanks for the link.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:11 PM

And then I usually have to press the power button and do a system restore because nothing will shut down. I was told that if your CPU stays at 100% for an amount of time it could actually melt the inside of the computer. True?


All that happens is the CPU runs hotter.
If the CPU gets to hot the computer will shut down to prevent damage.

If the computer can handle it 1Gb (twice what you have now) should make it operate better.

Roger



Thanks for the info.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:22 PM


Open task manager to the Processes tab and sort on the cpu column with the highest usage at the top. Leave task manager on top. Next time the cpu spikes see which process is using the cycles.

Commit charge: http://www.ehow.com/about_5092680_commit-charge-task-manager.html


I always thought that you were supposed to look at the mem usuage, not the cpu. System idle process seems to have a 98 nest to it. Does that mean 98% of the computer. Thanks for the link.


If the cpu is spiking we need to know which process is spiking. System Idle Process shows how much of the cpu is NOT being used. The higher that value is, the better. Again, when the cpu spikes let us know which process it is.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:24 PM



Open task manager to the Processes tab and sort on the cpu column with the highest usage at the top. Leave task manager on top. Next time the cpu spikes see which process is using the cycles.

Commit charge: http://www.ehow.com/about_5092680_commit-charge-task-manager.html


I always thought that you were supposed to look at the mem usuage, not the cpu. System idle process seems to have a 98 nest to it. Does that mean 98% of the computer. Thanks for the link.


If the cpu is spiking we need to know which process is spiking. System Idle Process shows how much of the cpu is NOT being used. The higher that value is, the better. Again, when the cpu spikes let us know which process it is.



So, it just happened. PropelAC.exe (which is my web acclerator) stayed at 98 and 99% in the cpu column. Is that what's causing the problem? Does that mean it's taking up 99% of my computer? And it that's true, do you know of another web acclerator?

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:02 PM



Open task manager to the Processes tab and sort on the cpu column with the highest usage at the top. Leave task manager on top. Next time the cpu spikes see which process is using the cycles.

Commit charge: http://www.ehow.com/about_5092680_commit-charge-task-manager.html


I always thought that you were supposed to look at the mem usuage, not the cpu. System idle process seems to have a 98 nest to it. Does that mean 98% of the computer. Thanks for the link.


If the cpu is spiking we need to know which process is spiking. System Idle Process shows how much of the cpu is NOT being used. The higher that value is, the better. Again, when the cpu spikes let us know which process it is.



I also know to get the program to work correctly, you're supposed to change the network proxy connection. It seems that my last update with firefox had deleted this setting. Could that be affecting it? That I didn't have the right proxy setting?

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:18 PM

I'm not familiar with the software, but at the very least you should stop it from running. Personally, I'd uninstall it.




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