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Processor Problem?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by john_waldrum, Nov 28, 2001.

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  1. john_waldrum

    john_waldrum Thread Starter

    Apr 5, 2001
    I noticed that my computer began to run slower that normal today, as I was attempting to burn a CD using Roxio easy cd creater 5.0 platnium. Anyways I turned on Norton utilities 2002 system doctor and observed that my processor was peaked out at 100%. I closed all open tasks and system doctor began to show it going back an forth from 15% to 100% and back down again. I also noticed that my cursor was showing the sign as if the computer was busy doing something. Ran a full system scan for viruses last night and it found none. Using Norton Anti-virus 2002 updated. Is my processor going out. Usaually shows 0% on system doctor when nothing is being done. I also thought it might be heat related, so I removed the side case and the fan is running, but it continued to fluctuate.
  2. PC_DISK1


    May 8, 2000
    Did you notice a slow down at boot?
  3. deuce


    May 26, 2001
    Your cpu should max out at 100% when you are doing something... sometimes even with real small tasks it will... but other than that it usually will still be over 0%... but somewhere around 10% or so. I have a 1.5 Ghz and it never is at 0%. When I do something it jumps to 100% right away and then immediately drops back to about 10% and stays there until I tell it to do something else. However if you are getting 100% usuage when doing absolutely nothing or it flucuates when doing nothing then there might be a problem... but I don't know... maybe someone else does... As to why you are getting slow performance... check you ram and make sure it is all acounted for.
  4. slipe


    Jun 27, 2000
    Are you saying that the computer just slows down while you are burning? You use a lot of CPU cycles to burn, but not usually 100%. Are you engaging Burn-Proof?

    If you have Win9x/ME you can download WinTop to see what is going on when the hourglass shows – that is indeed a sign of CPU activity. http://www.dewassoc.com/support/useful/wintop.htm

    There are freeware programs that give a lot more information but WinTop will tell you what is going on with small overhead and a program of less than 30k. You will find that WinTop will show something activating and taking a good bit of CPU cycles at the same time the hourglass activates.
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