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#1 Invicte

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 08:17 AM

Laptop : ASUS VivoBook Max 

 

CPU : Inter 2 Core N3350 2.40ghz

 

Memory : 4 GB

 

OS : Windows 10 Professional

 

Anti-Virus : Avira 

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Hello, I will start by saying I freshly re-installed Windows 10 so there is no problem with virus/malware of any kind.

 

My problem is like this: 

 

- My cpu / memory / disk is at very high usage and is not stable, goes from 4% to 30 - 40 -100! 

 

But I have to say, when its on idle, most of the time is stable like 4% but whenever I click somewhere or open a windows, it goes again to 40-80% and if I stop doing anything for couple of seconds, its stabilizing.

So, every move or click I do, is triggering the high usage of all three ( cpu, memory and disk ), and the most highest usage is when I shut down the laptop and re start it, it goes CPU / MEMORY / DISK to almost 100% and stays like that for 5-6 minutes and then stabilizing.

 

I've tried a lot of things reading on internet forums, I don't even remember what I have done so far and is the same problem.

 

Whenever the usage is at high level, my laptop is VERY SLOW.

 

I m desperate so far, please I need some help. 

 

Thank you!



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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:05 AM

test your hard drive



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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:14 AM

Windows 10 looking for updates can do that too, Make sure everything is up to date manually and see if the drive thrashing stops after that. Also disable your Avira A/V and see if that makes any difference, it may be scanning the drive especially after you boot up


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:17 AM

Open Task Manager to the Processes tab. Click twice on the CPU heading at the top to sort by that category with highest usage at the top. When the cpu spikes, which process is using the cycles?



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Posted 13 September 2018 - 10:22 AM

I'd like to see a snapshot of Task Manager...which reflects this high usage...that would be enlightening.

 

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 02:14 PM

As others have mentioned, it would be good to know what processes are using the cpu/hdd/ram resources.

 

I will say, this is a fairly common issue with lower power netbooks and windows 10. I have a few computers used as media centers that run the N3700 chip which is supposedly a bit faster than your N3350. I also have small SSDs in each one which didn't help much but did bring the disk usage down, and I had no running antivirus software on either one. With windows 10 and the almost never ending updates and new versions (if you install them), you pretty much have to leave these low power machines on and running without letting them go to sleep at night so they can catch up and finish installing updates so you can partially use it during the day. That said, even with all updates done in windows 10, I had lag watching 1080P video on windows 10 with both machines I have. The CPU was always maxed out at 100% non-stop. Even just moving the mouse around on the desktop from idle, the cpu usage would jump to around 13-20%.

 

What I ended up doing to make these usable for media and make them feel faster, was remove windows entirely and use Linux. I have both running Ubuntu which is much smoother and uses less resources. This is not something I would recommend for every user as Linux is far less user friendly for most people.

 

I wish I had better news for you, unfortunately from what I have seen so far in my cases and in others is that windows 10 just doesn't run well on low power machines unless you are fully up to date and then only until the next round of updates comes out.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 03:49 AM

test your hard drive

Hey, thank you for your answer. I already did that, everything went well, no issues with the hard.



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Posted 14 September 2018 - 03:57 AM

Windows 10 looking for updates can do that too, Make sure everything is up to date manually and see if the drive thrashing stops after that. Also disable your Avira A/V and see if that makes any difference, it may be scanning the drive especially after you boot up

Hello Joe, 

 

I disable automatic update, I will disable AVIRA. Thank you



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Posted 14 September 2018 - 04:16 AM

 

As you can see, whenever I open chrome it goes 100%, after a while its going down and stays like that till I do another move. That happens when I do open another windows, but not that much.



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Posted 14 September 2018 - 04:46 AM

As others have mentioned, it would be good to know what processes are using the cpu/hdd/ram resources.

 

I will say, this is a fairly common issue with lower power netbooks and windows 10. I have a few computers used as media centers that run the N3700 chip which is supposedly a bit faster than your N3350. I also have small SSDs in each one which didn't help much but did bring the disk usage down, and I had no running antivirus software on either one. With windows 10 and the almost never ending updates and new versions (if you install them), you pretty much have to leave these low power machines on and running without letting them go to sleep at night so they can catch up and finish installing updates so you can partially use it during the day. That said, even with all updates done in windows 10, I had lag watching 1080P video on windows 10 with both machines I have. The CPU was always maxed out at 100% non-stop. Even just moving the mouse around on the desktop from idle, the cpu usage would jump to around 13-20%.

 

What I ended up doing to make these usable for media and make them feel faster, was remove windows entirely and use Linux. I have both running Ubuntu which is much smoother and uses less resources. This is not something I would recommend for every user as Linux is far less user friendly for most people.

 

I wish I had better news for you, unfortunately from what I have seen so far in my cases and in others is that windows 10 just doesn't run well on low power machines unless you are fully up to date and then only until the next round of updates comes out.

 

 

I'd like to see a snapshot of Task Manager...which reflects this high usage...that would be enlightening.

 

Louis

 

 

Open Task Manager to the Processes tab. Click twice on the CPU heading at the top to sort by that category with highest usage at the top. When the cpu spikes, which process is using the cycles?

 

This is when I just open the windows.


Edited by Invicte, 14 September 2018 - 04:46 AM.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 05:05 AM

Clearly Avira is a major cullprit. It may just be doing its job, but you can try replacing it with a different AV and see if that helps.



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Posted 14 September 2018 - 05:38 AM

Clearly Avira is a major cullprit. It may just be doing its job, but you can try replacing it with a different AV and see if that helps.

Before I had Avast, and it  was the same, eating too much. I posted a video on top of the topic with Chrome opening, what do you think about that ? Why does it takes that much from CPU usage just opening ?

 

thank you for your replay!


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 06:29 AM

 

Clearly Avira is a major cullprit. It may just be doing its job, but you can try replacing it with a different AV and see if that helps.

Before I had Avast, and it  was the same, eating too much. I posted a video on top of the topic with Chrome opening, what do you think about that ? Why does it takes that much from CPU usage just opening ?

 

thank you for your replay!

 

 

 

get rid of avast and avira and use windows defender



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Posted 14 September 2018 - 08:10 AM

First, I agree that at this point in time getting rid of all third party antivirus/security suite products and using Windows Defender is the way to go.

 

Second, I suggest you take a look at another system.  It is not at all uncommon to see brief spikes to 100% CPU usage when programs are being opened and, sometimes, closed as well.  These are often the points when some of them are doing their hardest work and, in the case of opening, afterward go into what is, relatively speaking, coast mode.

 

I see these sorts of momentary spikes routinely.  It's only if they "stick" for an extended period of time that they become of concern.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 08:37 AM

Bitdefender is a good a/v that offers a free version, Also Eset has one with a 30 day trial. Both of those a/v's are very highly rated and very light on resources.

imho... Microsoft's Defender is like scraping the bottom of the swamp






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