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question on idle cpu usage

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  1. Pbman

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    I know that you need to know what my set up may be but think of this question for face value. What kind of CPU usage percenatge would be normal for no programs running besides Windows 7, the AV

    Thanks
     
  2. small chap

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    Well obviously this completely depends on your setup, with some programs open, firefox, av (not scanning) wmp (playing) and a few others and with a dual core amd athlon 3.2GHz processor running windows 7 (64 bit) i idle at 0-1% every now and again hitting 2%

    If we take microsofts minimum system settings of 1GHz processor, and do a rough translation, a pc running windows 7 and 1GHz processor i guess would idle at 10%-15% ish, note that is very rough.

    With any fairly decent and modern cpu, i doubt anyone should idle above about 5%
     
  3. Pbman

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    ok, thanks, now after digging a little I have an Intel E7400 2.8 GHZ w/ 4 GB of mem.

    I'm at 50% with the following programs running

    windows 7
    Trend Micro AV
    Outlook
    UPS World Ship- not used unless I make a label but still loaded
    A Cytrix based program
     
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    50% seems very high. And programs are just the half of whats actually running on your computer. There are many more processes running inside the windows kernal. I'd use what Chris has suggested to take a look at what you are running in your processes tab. That will give you the best idea what is taking up lot of computer useage. Even while typing this I am only using up around 15-20% of my CPU usage and ram. There is something in the background taking up excessive amount of resources.
     
  6. Pbman

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    I forgot one program that was loaded from my last list-

    I still use a DOS based business data base program. While loaded it goes up to 50% and when off, it drops to 2%. Why would a DOS program be such a hog?
     
  7. small chap

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    It's very old and not optimised for any windows system, nor modern cpu? As such it demands more from your cpu and your cpu has to work unnecerserily hard to make it work. would be my guess.
    Could also me very buggy in windows, or have some sort of memory leak while running in windows 7.
     
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