Why is my CPU so high?

February 3, 2010 at 17:54:00
Specs: Windows XP
CPU - Intel Pentium D 915 (2.4 MHz.[2.8 max])
Chipset - Nvidia nForce 650i/750i SLI + MCP51.
GPU (Gamecard) - Nvidia Geforce 7600 GT w/ 256 mb of attached memory.
RAM - 4GB of DDR2 (4096)
There are more details below if they are needed.

Now here's my problem. For some reason Whenever I play any type of video or flash game my CPU shoots way up to about 90%+. Im talking simple videos and games, nothing complex. So my computer becomes a snail and runs extremely slow. I literally just re-did my computer, what I mean by that is i wiped my hard drive and re-installed windows XP. I have all the most recent drivers for my computer. I have all of Adobe installed. I have Direct X 9. I don't understand what the problem is. I know this usually happens when the Hard drive gets full and you need to defragment but there's nothing to defragment atm. I literally only have my Virus scanner in my background (Avira). Please I need help and anyone i ask doesn't know what to do. I have already un-installed all my java and adobe and tried again. I delete my cache about every day so there's no build up and i have registry, root kit, trojan, anything you can think of scanner's and they all find nothing. Please Help.

Much appreciated.

As you can see below i have pics of my processes and CPU level. See the one that says 100? well that happened when i loaded up a flash game. You can see it go back down in the other pic. I have no idea what's going on. Help?

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February 3, 2010 at 22:46:46
chaosnyx, SWAG, page file (swap) size? Seems I recall it should be set at ~2.5X RAM (unsure). Smaller size triggers buffering which is VERY slow (relatively speaking). NS vs MS.
Ed in Texas.

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February 4, 2010 at 03:23:20
Ed, thanks for taking your time to try and help me with my problem but I don't quite understand what you're saying I should do. I'm not exactly a computer guru.

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February 5, 2010 at 22:20:29
chaosnyx, for more info, take a look @:
Ed in Texas.

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February 6, 2010 at 05:29:42
Thanks for replying Ed. Now I went and looked at my swap files and for some reason they were already on a custom amount so I thought hmm that might be the problem. I then allowed it to have my system configure it as needed but no luck. It still does it. I even changed my numbers around but still nothing. So here i am stuck again =\. I do appreciate you helping. Ive posted this to multiple websites and you're the only one to reply =].

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February 6, 2010 at 22:49:28
Your swap file (virtual memory) should be 2 1/2 times your ram that would mean 6Gig or 6000 under minimum and say 8000 under maximum set manually
Also download a copy of Memtest (google it) or another RAM tester (you make a bootable floppy or CD) and check the integrity of your RAM.
Also check device manager and see if there is any hardware issues, like you video card.
Also download a copy of Process Explorer from Microsoft so you can see exactly what is running (better than task manager) and the % cpu it is using, etc.

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February 7, 2010 at 09:47:34
MS recommends 1.5 x ram. More pagefile only results in wasted space and adds nothing to performance. You have 4gig of ram which means you won't be doing a lot of paging. Paging doesn't consume cpu cycles unless dynamically expanding/shrinking. For most users setting to system managed is the way to go.

Fingers in on the right track in that you need to identify the PROCESS that is consuming the cpu.

What service pack are you on?
What AV/malware software are you using? If you disable it and do your movies does it make a difference?

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February 7, 2010 at 12:56:28
In Task Manager it should show what activities are using a lot of CPU.

With 4G of RAM you might as well let Windows manage Virutal Memory.
I very much doubt your problem is in that area.

some other bloke...

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February 7, 2010 at 14:35:50
High CPU Usage Problems XP

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February 7, 2010 at 20:29:08
Ok im replying instantly so i won't have any feedback on the memtex boot but i can still answer some questions you asked.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Build 2600

Service Pack: Service Pack 3

Ok if you are asking the which process then its the internet. Whether its iexplorer.exe or firefox.exe. When play any flash game no matter how simple or and vid off you tube my CPU jumps extremely high and if i looked at the precesses then my internet would be taking all of it and my Idle would be very low if not gone.

As for scanners i use Avira antivirus
Sophos Anti Root-kit

And its not those that are causing this because this problem was happening before i even downloaded it but i have closed down all unneeded programs and the problem still continues.
I will make the boot disc tomorrow after school and post on here how it went. Thanks again for all this advice

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