If it is CPU usage, that's great. Your CPU is loafing. Time to make it do a little work. Start doing extensive video/graphics work. LOL
Of course you didn't tell us what Operating System you are using!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If it is XP, the number is unlikely to be referring to resources because XP handles resources far better than Win 9X and ME. If it is resources in a Win 9X or ME system then you have far too many programs opening at boot.
"Roddy suggested I ask here if installing a 2nd fan in my unit would help keep my cycles down.". Just what the hades are you asking here???????????
You post is regarding 20% or more, and then you are getting into temperature. Why not start over and tell us what your problem really is?? There is absolutely nothing wrong with the CPU running at high percentage [that's what it is for]. Now if you can tell us what temperature your CPU is running at we could talk sense.
I am running an intel 1.8mhz Celeron (Emachines T1480) and have 512 of RAM.
I run a bunch of antispyware stuff at start up which seems to use a lot of my processor. I worry I will shorten it's life with it constantly running so hot.
Roddy suggested I ask here if installing a 2nd fan in my unit would help keep my cycles down. Or, any other suggestions other than turning off my protection programs (Zone Alarm, AVG, Spyware Guard, Spyware Blaster, Prevx, WinPatrol, Spybot Teatimer are all running-- I am willing to turn off redundant protection only.. I think maybe Teatimer isn't needed with both WinPatrol and Prevx running but I am not sure).
Thanx in advance,