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Very High Cpu Usage


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#1 TarenDrake

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 02:26 AM

First time poster here.

For the past 6 months or so, I've had issues with the CPU usage spiking up to 100%. This has become a daily problem.

The only things that have been installed int eh last 6 months would be the CSI computer games, which as all now uninstalled, and completely removed, Couple small misc games from realarcade, uninstalled, and removed, and of course, the updates that occure with Mcafee, MS antispy, adaware, and spyboy S & D.
I orginially started having this issue with SWdoctor (Spyware Doctor), ended up uninstalling that yesterday. After a reboot, a defrag, clean up, scans with all above mentioned tools, and another reboot.. the issue still occurs.

It's happening alot with Internet Explorer.
Tho, it doesn't happen till I've been browsing for a while.
Generally happens when:
-A window is accidently blocked by yahoo popup blocker..
-Playing RuneScape..

Will also happen when:
-Playing a pc game, (CSI, MYST, Minesweeper.. ect)
-watching downloaded video files (using most recent wimamp)
-listening to music mp3/cd (also using most recent winamp)
-using my telnet client (GoSclient)

I always catch it when it happens, cause you can hear the whir from the tower.

System specs:
XP home edition SP1
256 RAM
40 GB HD, 12% free

Any one care to take a crack at helping me?

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 02:43 AM

When it happens, open the Task Manager, and see what process is using the most resources.
Ctrl+Alt+Del, then click on the Processes tab.
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Posted 22 June 2006 - 02:54 AM

Nine times out of ten, it's iexplore.exe that spikes.
When I playt hte games, it's the games' exe files that spike.
When I use the downloaded client for RuneScape, it's runescape.exe that spikes.

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 03:03 AM

There are three things that struck me immediately, the fact that you only have 12% free space on your hdd, only 256MB of RAM, and haven't installed the SP2.

The hdd will maintain a small cache for manuvering sectors, and with only 12% showing as free space means that the hdd is pretty full. I'm quessing that you have some large files in there, maybe some pictures or videos, you might want to consider transferring some of the files to a CD, or DVD.

I'm not a gammer myself, but I know that there are games out there like BF2 that can suck out around 512MB out of 1GB of RAM, 256MB of RAM is minimal now days, you might consider adding another 256MB, you won't be disapointed!

The SP2 won't make a great deal of difference in the CPU usage, but is very important if you are on line. M$ will send a CD to you for a couple of dollars.

Where are you reading the percentage, the task manager?

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 03:15 AM

This is my parents PC. They dont want SP2. Otherwise, I'd have installed it already.
This computer is two years old, and had 512 ram when bought. When I looked at the system information to double check, it claims to only be a 256. Seems odd. *Shrugs* Maybe I misread it ages ago, or mixed it up with something else.

Even when I delete everything off, personal files and all.. it still happens. So I don't see how thats the issue at all. Before this started happening, there was less then 2gigs of space. Though I will take your advise of transfering the data to a CD.

I got the percent off the task manager. When it spikes, it says 100%. Will return to norm after opening the task manager and closing out the spiked programs.

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 08:58 AM

Not having SP2 installed is extremely foolish and will eventually result in a completely contaminated and inoperable computer which will infect everyone else in its address book before it craps out.

At 12% free space you also do not have sufficient hard drive space for essential Windows processes such as chkdsk and defrag to work. System Restore is probably restricted as well.

I think that by not having SP2 your system is also disqualified from future critical updates as well, and there have been many since SP2.

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 04:04 PM

This PC is not contaminated, it's not hurting anyone elses PC, it's scanned, and updated every other day.
Nothing it wrong with this PC other than the spikes of 100%.
It defrags just fine, it starts up fast, it restore fine, it does everything just dandy.

We go to only safe websites, open up safe email , don't download everything on the planet.

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 08:18 PM

Anyone else with helpful hits or tips for me?
After cleaning out over 7 gigs worth of unused programs, files, and data.. the problems still occur.
Plan on trying the newest IE, the 7 beta. Tho, need to DL the SP2 to get that.
How is Sp2 different from the first one?

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 09:28 PM

Hi TarenDrake.
Check out the info on SP2 at M$, but as I understand it, it is a vital part of keeping your PC clean and safe.
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Posted 24 June 2006 - 09:29 PM

Partial list of fixes included in Windows XP Service Pack 2
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;EN-US;811113

Most of the changes address necessary patches for security exploits.

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 02:57 AM

Thanks! I'll make the update to SP2 on Monday. Then play around with it, and let y'll know if the problems of the high cpu usage still occur.




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