Computer lagging when CPU shoots up...

November 14, 2010 at 15:38:31
Specs: Windows XP
I am experiencing the same issue as everyone else..I read all the posts and understand that this seems to be common and normal to have 100% system idle and CPU..whatever. Here's the deal though...Anytime my CPU spikes? My computer lags out BAD! If I'm playing a video game and my CPU usage jumps to say...90%? Forget about playing the game...lagged out. Lets say I'm listening to music...mmm limewire/itunes..whatever. CPU spikes? Music instantly gets distorted, comp lags..until CPU usage goes back down below 10%? Something..is clearly not right..I have a gaming computer with 4gig ddr..512mb video card..etc..dual core processors blah blah..is there anything I can do to eliminate this hassle? Hate when my game(dungeons&dragons online) lags out..especially in groups..or raids. SUCKS!!!! Thanks

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#1
November 14, 2010 at 16:03:18
you need to figure out what is causing your cpu usage to spike. open the task manager look at processes, sort by CPU, and try to recreate a spike. You will see the biggest CPU hog at the top of the list if you sort by that column (descending).

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#2
November 14, 2010 at 16:05:24
also, when it spikes like that, the idle process will not be at 100%. 100% idle means that the processor isn't working on anything. If you have another process or processes taking a total 89% for example, idle would be 11%.

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#3
November 14, 2010 at 16:28:37
Limewire, huh? I suspect your system is infected. Which protection do you use? When's the last time you did a full scan for viruses, spyware & malware?

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