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High CPU usage/Computer lagging.

by -Aaron- / April 3, 2008 6:11 PM PDT

Well starting last week my computer has been really slow, it will take about 2-3 min to load windows into the log in screen. Then when I log off or switch users, the sound windows plays will studder (same for when logging in). I can't even watch videos online because it will start studdering/lagging and being really slow. I have done virus scans and spy/ad ware scans, and they came up with pretty much nothing. This is a fairly new install of windows XP as our last hard drive died not long ago. Under windows task manager, when I am doing nothing but web browsing/msn and as I am typing this, my CPU is hovering around 50% jumping up to over 80% at times and more then half of my 1gb of ram is being used.

Can anyone help!!! It is getting to be a pain to use this computer!

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Re: high CPU usage.
by Kees Bakker / April 3, 2008 6:20 PM PDT

Some essential information is missing: in the Processes tab of Task Manager, see what processes are responsible for this huge CPU load.

It's likely 'something' changed. If you can't find out what it was and how to undo it, the brute-force attack is to try a system restore back to, say, 2 weeks ago. But maybe a more specific diagnosis and treatment is possible.


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Task Manager
by -Aaron- / April 4, 2008 6:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: high CPU usage.

Well it's just the system idle process and firefox, or what ever program I have open at the time. It's like program's are using twice as much CPU then they normally did.

I think I might do a system restore.

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The "studder" is one clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 6:36 AM PDT
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by -Aaron- / April 4, 2008 7:41 AM PDT

Well I read that page and it seemed like the problems I am having, But when I did the "click here" it just took me to a VB script, and I don't know what to do with it. Then the other stuff of the page got me confused.

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Use the manual method.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 9:25 AM PDT

It's just a little further down the page.

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It worked!
by -Aaron- / April 4, 2008 3:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Use the manual method.

I think it worked! I just checked and it's back to DMA so hopefully it stays that way! Thanks guys!

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