Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

CPU usage

by juansshop / January 16, 2006 1:24 PM PST

I am running XP on a Dell Dimension 4300, Pentium 4
Processor at 1.6GHz, 256MB SDRAM at 133MHz,I have noticed that my CPU usage if very high.When I go at look at the graph in the windows Task manager. CPU usage goes as high as 85 percent and the bar graph goes from green coler to red.It seems that my (System Idle Process) is using up 88% of the CPU usage.Can any one help? Thanks,J

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: CPU usage
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: CPU usage
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 16, 2006 8:04 PM PST
In reply to: CPU usage

People think that when there are no applications, screen saver, or anything else running, the processor is idle, and just sitting there.

This is not true. The processor is working at 100% all the time the computer is turned on. So for that reason the graph in Performance in the Task Manager is a bit misleading. Under Processes you will always see "System Idle" at around 98/99% when nothing else is running, and when you first open Task Manager and go to Performance the graph will shoot up to 100%, then fall back down.

However, if your performance graph is always at 100%, then that is an indicaton that something else is running continuously.

What do you do to protect yourself against malware? Do you have a firewall, an anti-virus and any anti-spyware programs?

Continuous usage like that could be a sign of malware.


Collapse -
CPU usage
by juansshop / January 17, 2006 3:34 PM PST
In reply to: Misnomer

Hi Mark,
I am running Norton Anti-virus,and I use sbc spyware.I do have a fire wall.My Cpu performance is alsways about 8%-100%. My computer takes about 2 minutes to load my start up menu.How can I reset my start up programs to the factory settings? Will this help my computer to start up quicker and help lower my CPU usage? Thanks Misnomer.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!