Solved cpu is at 90-100% while playing games.

September 24, 2011 at 03:18:56
Specs: Windows 7, intel core i5 RAM: 4 gigs
hello,

my computer bugs me for some time now and i just cant figure out why..
while I'm playing games at my computer (almost every game) my CPU usage is rising up to 90-100% because of the system idle process.
now, i know its normal, but its happening only while I'm playing and its driving me crazy!!
(cant play games smoothly at all).

is there a way to solve it? plz plz plz

thank you so much.
yoni.


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September 26, 2011 at 03:28:30
Thank you johnw, don't want to be to optimic but I think the problem solved, the ONLY thing I changed was the power settings ( to the highst mode ) .
Could it be it? I mean, is that logical?



#1
September 24, 2011 at 05:20:25
Your CPU usage must be high during game play for it to work. System idle process is just the CPU sitting there twiddling it's thumbs waiting for the next request for processing. The REASON you cannot play games smoothly is that you NEED a GAMING quality graphics card. This is easy if this is a desktop, just purchase a decent one, but if it is a laptop then you are out of luck and need to lower your settings or get a desktop for your gaming.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
September 24, 2011 at 09:59:15
thank you,

i have a laptop, he's new (one year old) and the cpu problem started not long ago.
my computer ran thoes game smoothly in the past but all of the sudden this problem started...


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#3
September 24, 2011 at 17:07:46
System Idle process should be 90-100. That's normal and is nothing to do with your problem.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
September 24, 2011 at 19:13:58
Look for programs running in the background and/or an infection.
Run msconfig, start tab ans uncheck all except MS and antivirus program, apply and restart the machine.
Run Malwarebytes.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
September 25, 2011 at 05:17:06
didnt work,
i just cant understand whats taking all pf my cpu and why does it happens only while im playing ?!

again thnk you for your help!!

btw, reboot can help?


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#6
September 25, 2011 at 06:31:54
What makes you think something is taking all of your CPU? If you mean System Idle then that just means it is doing nothing for 90 to 100% of the time.
Is there something else showing?

Your game issue might not be anything to do with CPU usage. Did it used to be OK?

You said "reboot can help?". Is this a question, or are you saying that restarting your computer helps the problem?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
September 25, 2011 at 06:42:36
Restarting the system always is an option and clears out any errors held in the running memory. Restarting is required for changes in msconfig to apply, else nothing changes.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
September 25, 2011 at 09:52:05
ok, i have closed ALL of my running programs including antivirus, IDT audio (without it i dont got sound) and NVIDIA.

still does'nt help that much..
i dont think that the idle system process are the problem but every time my cpu rises that the thing that taks the most cpu..

i used to think the problem came from over heat, so i bought this laptop cooler wich reduced the heat..can the computer still be too hot?

about the reboot, i meant to format it. (is that the right word? sorry for my english)


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#9
September 25, 2011 at 12:24:49
You must get that idea about System "Idle" Process out of your head so that we can concentrate on what this issue really is. If that rises it means that your computer is then doing very little, so forget about it. Too much background activity will cause your System Idle Process to go "down" not "up". A high figure is a good thing - mine is 98 right now and I am just online. If I closed a few background programs that figure would go even higher.

Without some other evidence (like another process showing high figures) then there is no reason yet to suspect that your processor is not coping.

The only real fact we have is that your games are not running smoothly so that is what we must tackle - not necessarily CPU overload.

Have your games always been slow? I'm no gamer but I understand that games depend very much on the adequacy of your video, which will be inbuilt unless you have added a card suitable for gaming.

The steps you took in #8 were worth trying.

Reboot simply means powering up - the computer boots into Windows. Reformat might help but it is worth exploring other avenues first because it can introduce other issues.

As per #7 "restarting the computer" (reboot) can sometimes help, especially if you then go straight to your game without running anything else.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#10
September 25, 2011 at 12:47:15
got it,
reboot does'nt help, tried it cuple times but nothing happened..

no, the games never wore slow, i had a problem with my computer so i had to format it and then i just upgraded the processor driver and from that moment the problem started. (not sure if it was the update of the driver or the format that "triger" this problem).

dont know what info you need about my computer past\stat just ask..

thank you!!!


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#11
September 25, 2011 at 12:58:59
Well, as you are obviously familiar with the ins and outs of formatting then it is not such a bad option after all. Some folk don't realise what they are letting themselves in for.

It is possible that the driver introduced some sort of power saving feature which upsets gaming. It might be worth looking in BIOS to see if anything like that exists, in which case you could try turning it off.


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#12
September 25, 2011 at 13:01:41
what exactly shoul i look for in the bios?

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#13
September 25, 2011 at 13:14:31
Well, they are all different so I don't rightly know. Most likely under CPU Configuration, although you might have a Power heading.

Sometimes such features show in Windows. Worth checking to see if there is a Minimal Power Management option in :
Control Panel > Display > Screen Saver tab > Power button.


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#14
September 25, 2011 at 13:34:35
Ok, I have turned my power settings to the "highst mode".

Now, I'm in the bios thers a bunch of stuff that related to the power saving but I dnt think it's relate to the processor.. The only thing that's relate to the processor is "virtualization technology" Wich dissabled (also in the default settings it's dissabled) shuld I enable it?

Do you want me to write you the description of this?


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#15
September 25, 2011 at 13:58:31
No, leave "virtualization technology" disabled, it won't improve anything and could make things worse.

New questions:
What Anti-Virus are you running?

Are you using a third party firewall or just the Windows one?

"Processor driver" is an unusual term. Was this something you got from your computer or motherboard manufacturer and was it a BIOS update?


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#16
September 25, 2011 at 18:31:33
I'm running avg anti virus and no, I don't got a third party fire wall, just windows.

About the update, I got it from intel website..in the website it's under the tab of "intel chipset software installation utility"
maybe I'm wrong and it's nothing to do with the processor?


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#17
September 25, 2011 at 20:24:20
That is for the motherboard chipsets (northbridge and southbridge).
You should ALWAYS get drivers from the system manufacturers website whenever installing or updating drivers for a factory built system AND from component manufacturers website for custom built systems AND for add ons like video cards, etc.
Windows update is trying to 'read' your hardware from the chipset identifiers and other subtle indicators as to what hardware you are using. In this case you got generic Intel drivers for your chipset and therefore your motherboard, but with your system you really need the correct drivers from HP's website. Look under Support>Downloads>Drivers typically on HP's site and enter or locate your exact system model number and your operating system (Windows 7 but watch 32bit or 64bit for this choice is also important).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#18
September 25, 2011 at 20:44:36
Try this.
How to Enable or Disable Search Index in Vista and Windows 7
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/6...

Also, make sure your HD is in DMA mode.
http://windows7themes.net/how-to-en...
http://www.thewindowsplanet.com/695...


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#19
September 25, 2011 at 20:58:13
Another thought, run Disk Check.

How to Run Disk Check in Vista & Windows 7 (W7)
http://www.winvistaclub.com/f20.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...


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#20
September 26, 2011 at 03:28:30
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Thank you johnw, don't want to be to optimic but I think the problem solved, the ONLY thing I changed was the power settings ( to the highst mode ) .
Could it be it? I mean, is that logical?


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#21
September 26, 2011 at 05:43:01
and:
"About the update, I got it from intel website..in the website it's under the tab of "intel chipset software installation utility""
See also #17

Consider everything.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#22
September 26, 2011 at 06:50:21
Possibly the power settings but keep an eye on things. If it is still bad follow the advice given in posts 17 onwards then pop back if necessary.

Might be worth running CCleaner Lite freebie if it is not already onboard.


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#23
September 26, 2011 at 08:05:19
got it!

for now my computer is running smoothly, and its all thanks to you!!

CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH !! for your time, patience and understanding!!

YOU REALLY ARE THE BEST!

thank you ALL!


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#24
September 26, 2011 at 13:26:27
Well done and thx for taking the trouble to pop back and let us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#25
October 29, 2011 at 10:15:02
yoni88887 what did you do?!

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