What's Eating His CPU Cycles?
Fred, Re 'registry bloat' ( http://langa.com/newsletters/2005/2005-10-13.htm#1
) and registry repair ( http://www.informationweek.com/story/showA...cleID=171203805
), I've been very happy with 'TuneUp Utilities 2006.' A free thirty day trial is available. At your suggestion, I've run it several times in a row, and I do not get repeat errors, unless I've messed around with the registry one way or another.
In line with this problem, I wish you'd outline in the newsletter how one can solve this problem: If I turn on Task Manager, and click on 'Performance', the little green square that appears in the tray frequently will reflect 100% use of the CPU, for really long periods, even when I have nothing running on the computer (I also use SpeedUpMyPC, which shows the same thing, in a slightly different way). How can one isolate this problem to determine what it is that is eating up the CPU cycles -- it really slows down the computer, and if I could find what is causing the problem, I can keep it shut down most of the time, or even find a substitute for it.
Hope you see your way clear to mentioning this in the letter. Thanks for your good work. ---Stu Godwin
While you're in Task Manager, take another look at the Processes tab: Click on the CPU heading there to sort the processes according to how much CPU usage they're getting. (In other words, sort the list so the most CPU-hungry processes are at the top of the list.) There, you'll see exactly whatever's consuming your CPU time.
If your system is very busy, the list may be a little confusing as items jump to the top of the list and then jump back down again as they go active and inactive; but if you watch for a little while, you'll see what's consistently at or near the top.
Once you know what process or processes are keeping the CPU so busy, you can take steps to rein it in. If the listed processes are unfamiliar, do a Google search on the process name to help identify it, or what software "owns" the process. (eg http://www.google.com/search?q=identify+process+xp