CPU being used at 100%

June 2, 2010 at 21:54:33
Specs: Windows XP, p4 / 512mb
My computer recently started freezing, so I ran some scans in safe mode and found nothing within the software that might be causing it. I then got a message at some point that stating the computer had shut down due to thermal issues ( not sure of the exact message), so I assumed the processor was overheating. I applied new thermal paste and now the computer doesn't freezed, but it is running extremely slow, aswell as the processor running at 100%. I thought I put to little paste and done it again. Still having the same problems after reappling paste to cpu... Can't seem to find a fix or what is causing this problem. Your help is appriciated!

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June 2, 2010 at 22:53:44
It could be OS issue as well - you need to rule it our. If you are using windows you can try deleting temp files (e.g. for XP it would be C:\Windows\Temp\*.* and %userprofile%\local settings (hideen file)temp), then go to startup config by typing msconfig on run and untick any unnecessary programs.
Also do a virus scan (online/from boot cd)
If it is a hardware issue then you can trying swapping hardware with another machine one at a time.

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June 3, 2010 at 01:29:18
Check cpu temp in bios. Also check in taskmanager which process is eating cpu. U can use cpu-z to check if the cpu is running @ correct speed.

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June 3, 2010 at 20:39:06
Did a virus scan and I clean my computer temp/ history files more then once a day. I check the processor usage, but I can look over it again. Pretty sure that it shouldn’t be using 100%... I tried to check the bio for temperature, but I don't see an option for that! Once again today I reapplied the compound using AS5 direction off their site, but that is the last time. There has to be something else cause the problem…

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June 4, 2010 at 04:51:37
Are you cleaning off any old paste and applying according to their instructions?

Is your CPU fan running at the proper speed.

Are you using an add it graphics card? If so, check the fan on it.

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June 4, 2010 at 07:56:01
Who cares about 100%, 100% of what?

Hit CTRL+ALT+Delete, click on the "Processes" tab, and see what is taking up your CPU time. List the processes here that is consuming all the CPU time and we'll tell you what it is.

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