CPU runs at 100% when charging laptop battery, when not charging its fine. HELP!!!

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jay2511

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Hi...

I am having a problem with my laptop computer. I figured out that my laptop, when being charged or using the Power Outlet, runs at 100% CPU at times, and slows me down when running and working on some open applications. At first I thought I had tons of spyware or even a virus, and even posted a Hijackthis file here. Nothing was found.
I figured out that my cpu runs at 100% when using the power outlet, or when my computer is chargnig. When I unplug the powercord and use the battery life, everything runs GREAT!!!!! my cpu drops to a normal 4-8% usage with multiple applications running. WEIRD huh? Can anyone relate to this ?? Is this and indication that my battery is going bad???? Can someone help me with this or suggest what is going on? I am running windows XP home edition, and have a compac presario 1500 series. Pent 4..

HELP!!!
 

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Do ctl-alt-del to bring up TaskManager.
Double Click on the CPU heading to sort descending.

What task(s) are at the top?
 

jay2511

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Hi Whitphil..

the top ones are system Idle process, , odhost.exe, WPC54CFG.exe, and iexplore.exe..

right now I just turned on my comp, and the cooling fan is not on, and the process is at 6%,, so not up yet to 100%.. It gets there after my comp is on, then I unplugg, and it works super fast, when charging the battery again, it slows down, so much!!!
 

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Well, idle process (when nothing is running) is expected to be at the top.

Odhost is suspicious and most likely malware.

WPC54CFG is a utility related to your LinkSys Adapter.

First, download, install and run SpyBot
Before doing the first scan, use the update feature to get the latest copy of the definitions.
Then, allow it to remove what it finds.

Reboot

Download, install and run HiJackThis

Copy/paste the created LOG file back here for review.
 
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Are you saying that the 'system Idle process' is running at 100% CPU usage?
This means that your PC is not using any or very little resources. perfectly normal.
 

jay2511

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Thanks Whitphil..

Will follow your reccomendations. Thanks..

Lister, system idle process does run at is normal 98-100% cpu usage, and do know that it is normal... However the problem lies when my computer is being charged with the power outlet. It slows down my cpu usage, and have to disconnect in order to get good fast multi-tasking power. =/
 
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