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05-Jul-2012, 04:19 PM #1
CPU at 100% Task Manager Shows Nothing
For the last few days I've been running some CPU intensive programs which I wrote. My laptop was getting really hot (70+C), so I decided to blow into the vent to clear the dust out. However all this did was clog the fan with dust and it stopped spinning, so I used a safety pin to hook the dust out. The fan started spinning and it blew a load of old dust out, and my laptop is now running in the low 40's.

However now task manager shows the CPU usage as 100%, but when I sort the processes by CPU time, nothing is using much of the processor, firefox sometimes jumps up to 50%, but it doesn't stay there for long.

Even when I boot into ubuntu, everything is still running really slowly.

Also, speedfan reports my CPU speed as 600mhz, sometimes it shows a few other values (1400, 1200, 1800 etc), I have two core2 duo 1.83 ghz processors, so I wasn't expecting to see 600mhz!

I don't think this is a virus, since it seems to be independent of the operating system, any ideas what could have happened?
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05-Jul-2012, 04:28 PM #2
There still might be dust still in there. and possible the fan may have got damaged and is not spinning as it should.

Also how many times did the CPU get that hot?
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05-Jul-2012, 04:31 PM #3
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Also how many times did the CPU get that hot?
Quite a few times, I've had the safety mechanism kick in and shut down the laptop a few times. I try and keep it well ventilated but it always runs really hot.
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05-Jul-2012, 04:43 PM #4
Try this

Download and install hwmonitor
and see what the temps etc are. Download the 1.19 setup, english on the right-hand side.
....take a reading when not running the game or programs CPU(core) and GPU Video card and post them. (Just a screenshot of results is fine)

Then run the game or any other intensive program for awhile and take another reading post the results (screenshot of results )

Go Advanced in your post then Manage Attachments Browse and upload in your next post..
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05-Jul-2012, 05:46 PM #5
Thank you for the help so far The problem seems to have resolved itself, I booted into bios mode and checked everything was alright there, I booted back into windows and it's been working fine.

I will post back if it starts happening again.
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