Cpu at least 50% all the time

January 5, 2006 at 22:12:25
Specs: Win Xp home Sp2, P4 3.2 ghz 512 ram
Hello,

I don't know much about computers so please let me know if I should have posted this in a different section.

My problem is that my processor continually runs at over at least 50% capacity even when I am not running anything. When I purchased the laptop this was not the case. It used to show 0-2% when I wasn't running anything. Now, as you may have guessed, everything is much slower - particularly, games that used to run perfectly are now unplayable.

I get this information from the screen where I press alt/ctrl/del. I don't know if this will help, but I'll list what I see there now.

Right now, all I am running is this browser and the CPU Usage indicator is fluctuating between 50 and 60%. Under 'processes' is says '58' and 'Commit Charge' is '564M/1504M'. There is a lot of activity on the processes tab also, but I don't know if any of this is relevant. Could someone help me out? If you think you know what it might be I'll post all the information that may be relevant.

Thank you for your help.


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#1
January 6, 2006 at 05:38:50
sounds like you're loaded with spyware

This space for rent


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#2
January 6, 2006 at 07:39:49
'58 processes' wow.

A cleanup is in order!

Check the startup tab in msconfig.

Start
Run
type msconfig


Tt Lanfire
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#3
January 6, 2006 at 08:26:25
The number of running application is not a definitive way of assessing CPU usage, as you can tell from my system (shown below), I have 50 processes running but my CPU usage idles at 2% with four applications actively open.

Task manager will show the task gobbling up your resources (CPU tab), SIP usually command the biggest % chunk, but you'll see the application responsible for the other % there too. So look in there for your clue.

I agree; computing.net does need an edit button.


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#4
January 6, 2006 at 08:42:02
"The number of running application is not a definitive way of assessing CPU usage,"

True

But each of the processes reserve/use a bit of memory aswell.

Tt Lanfire
MSI K8N Diamond
AMD64 3000+'Venice'@290x9x3
512mb PC3200
OCZ Powerstream 520w
6600GT
WDCaviar 160gb sata x2

;~}


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#5
January 6, 2006 at 18:40:41
Ok, I checked in task manager under processes and under 'CPU' all of them are 0-2 except 'WinXPDisableZero...' - 50 and 'System Idle Process' - 48.

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#6
January 6, 2006 at 18:44:38
I don't think it could be spyware - i have macafee and do a check regularly - it must be the 'WinXPDisableZero...' - Anyone know what this is? The 'System Idle Process' is taking up a big chunk also.

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#7
January 6, 2006 at 19:35:51
"System Idle Process is taking up a big chunk also".

That is quite normal and expected. On all systems, SIP usually commands the biggest % chunk but it is not detrimental to your resources at all.

Apparently WinXPDisableZero is the culprit here and it is somewhat linked to Belkin's wireless hardware....see the link below for more.

http://www.pcbanter.net/archive/index.php/t-841982-WinXpDisableZero_.html

I agree; computing.net does need an edit button.


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#8
January 6, 2006 at 22:54:30
Hey thanks a lot for the help - I did what a guy recommended on that link you gave me Sabertooth - I uninstalled belkin anyway - dont use it - and unchecked the icon for WXdisableZero... through msconfig - Its running much better now and the cpu% has gone back to the normal 0-4%.

One thing is kind of worrying me now though. Now the 'System idle process' has gone from about 50 CPU to about 100 CPU. But, as I said, the CPU% indicator has gone back to normal - It this ok?


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#9
January 7, 2006 at 09:02:08
System Idle Process is exactly what it says.

Your system is 'Idle'.

Yes it's fine.

Tt Lanfire
MSI K8N Diamond
AMD64 3000+'Venice'@290x9x3
512mb PC3200
OCZ Powerstream 520w
6600GT
WDCaviar 160gb sata x2

;~}


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#10
January 7, 2006 at 09:27:57
My CPU usage is at 100%. The explorer.exe seems to be the culprit. I have tried everything and can't get the CPU usage down. There must be a reason. The computer is useless with the CPU at 100%. Any ideas?



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#11
January 8, 2006 at 14:09:03
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q263455/>Try to run AVG antivirus in safemode.>http://www.majorgeeks.com/download886.html

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