Solved use less processor

July 17, 2011 at 07:46:30
Specs: Windows 7, AMD athlon 3.06Mhz/ 2.5Ghz RAM
my processor is constantly running at 100%, what can cause it? and what can i do to stop it?

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July 18, 2011 at 13:05:57
If that is 64bit ultimate then you should be running 4GB RAM or more.

Use msconfig Start tab and uncheck ALL that is not Microsoft or your antivirus program, OK and restart machine. This will give you a lower base of programs running in the background.

What antivirus program are you running??? Norton AND McAfee are both notorious for hogging system resources and could account for the problem, especially when opening a browser.

Do a scan with Malwarebytes to be sure you do not have an infection (malware like a keylogger, spy cookie, or worse), then do a disk clean up to remove possible problems from cookies, temp folders, etc.

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



#1
July 17, 2011 at 07:54:08
Open the task manager. Look at processes tab. This lists the running processes and the CPU percent used.
Once you identify the problem, then you can uninstall or change settings.

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#2
July 17, 2011 at 08:03:23
this does and dosent work, yes it drops the cpu percenage right down to where it should be but as soon as i start a programe the recentage goes straight back to 100% and stays there, and the sysem lags like hell

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#3
July 17, 2011 at 08:28:26
Thru task manager u should be able to find the process that use cpu at large %.

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#4
July 17, 2011 at 09:41:39
as mentioned before i find the processes with the larger % and end the process, this in turn usually end in the system shutting the programe down i want to use or does a blue screen memory dump

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#5
July 17, 2011 at 15:18:38
What program?
What are your system specs?
Have you checked for other processes that may be inflating the CPU usage?
Have you reduced the programs that start up with windows to the minimum?

These are all important to properly diagnose the problem, especially if the easy answer does not help.

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


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#6
July 17, 2011 at 15:19:45
Task manager - performance tab
AT the bottom, total physical memory (remember that number).
In the System box - Commit (MB) 1st number is current memory usage
2nd number is is max memory used during this session.
Max memory used should NEVER be over twice the total physical memory. If it is, you need to either uninstall the programs using memory, or install more physical memory. Minimum would be the max commit number.

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#7
July 18, 2011 at 11:20:22
im running windows 7 ultimate, i have 2.5 gig of ram and a AMD athlon 3.06 gig processor, with a 1gig zotac nvidia graphics card i have it so that only the bare minimum starts when windows boots i get into task manager and shut off all other programes that dont need to run and this cures the problem untill i start any programe ie. internet explorer, or media player, office you name it the processor goes straight back to 100% and stays there, i cant watch a dvd for example as its so glitchy

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#8
July 18, 2011 at 11:25:39
the memory isnt a problem it hovers around 30 to 40% its the processor thats constantly at 100% i have a 3.06gig processor and 2.5gig of ram and im running a 1gig nvidia graphics card (which i thought might cure the problem to watch dvds etc but it hasnt made any diffrence)

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#9
July 18, 2011 at 12:34:24
"shut off all other programes that dont need to run"

Let's go the other way. What processes are you manually stopping?
What process starts running when you fire up an application?

Are you familiar with editing the registry in Windows?


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#10
July 18, 2011 at 13:05:57
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If that is 64bit ultimate then you should be running 4GB RAM or more.

Use msconfig Start tab and uncheck ALL that is not Microsoft or your antivirus program, OK and restart machine. This will give you a lower base of programs running in the background.

What antivirus program are you running??? Norton AND McAfee are both notorious for hogging system resources and could account for the problem, especially when opening a browser.

Do a scan with Malwarebytes to be sure you do not have an infection (malware like a keylogger, spy cookie, or worse), then do a disk clean up to remove possible problems from cookies, temp folders, etc.

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


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#11
July 18, 2011 at 13:51:23
i am running the 64bit version of windows and running avast antivirus (free edition)

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#12
July 18, 2011 at 13:52:57
i do have a copy of the 32bit version do you think it would be wise to format the hdd and start again putting the 32 bit version on?

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#13
July 18, 2011 at 19:38:52
If you do not know what the problem is, you're treating the symptoms.

Create a restore point and restore the system to an earlier date when the machine was running smooth. What is missing? Restore to current date and uninstall the offending application.


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#14
July 19, 2011 at 12:55:13
my system has been running like this since i put windows 7 on my system

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#15
July 20, 2011 at 04:58:18
Interesting. I have 7-64 installed as a virtual machine with 1 gig ram and 15 gig drive. It runs smooth. I went through the services and disabled the ones I don't use.
Indexing, updates, firewall, wireless, defragmenter, things like that.

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