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CPU maxed out!

By adelasierra ·
My Dell 8200 is only a year old, 1.9gz pen-4/256 mb ddr memory. Everytime I try to open or download a pdf file, perform disk clean up, defrag or use any of microsoft's plus screen savers the cpu pegs out at 100%. The machine slows to a crawl and thefan gets louder. I have adequate ventilation space and i never had this problem until just a couple months ago. My os is XP home. I have done a couple of restore points in the past. Any ideas? Thanx Angelljr

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by dmiles In reply to CPU maxed out!

You should check Task Manager to see what resources ar running in the background during the process

Another option would be to check to see if you have the space to increase the virtual memory on system

Use System Monitor to check for memory leaks and system performance

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by qballrail In reply to CPU maxed out!

To augment on the above answer (which is a great start), run msconfig from Start | Run. Select the Startup tab and you will see a list of check boxes. Many of these are unnecessary for Windows to run properly. Programs you have installed sometimes write themselves to your startup routine, taking up valuable resources. The worst of these are programs like Real Player (realtray, etc. -- you may find several entries for RealPlayer, WinZip and other non-essential programs. That will tax your resources. Uncheck these boxes, but only the ones that you are confident are not essential Windows files.

Secondly, the best way to run defrag is under Safe Mode. There, you will only have a small number of essential drivers loaded. To access Safe Mode, following POST, press the F8 key for a menu then select Safe Mode.

I'd also check how much free space is left on your drive. If it is nearly maxed, remove some unused programs (prior to defrag) and temp files. Also check your swapfilefrom System Properties.

Good luck and hope this helps!

Regards,
Jesse

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by mklemens In reply to CPU maxed out!

Hi,
I fix Dell for a living here up north!!
I think it is time to fire up the old virus
scanner and start doing some scanning.
If you have a scanner installed (with current sig files) and it doesnt find anything try the on line scanner at http://housecall.antivirus.com/
Thanks, ---Mark--

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by Ann777 In reply to CPU maxed out!

WinXP?

The first thing I'd do is delete ~*.*, delete *.tmp, deleted everything found in Temporary Internet Files, and delete everything in c:\windows\prefetch (WinXP).

Then go to http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/ and download, installand run Ad-Aware. Delete everything it finds.

Test and you should be fine thereafter.

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by jose_12650 In reply to CPU maxed out!

I have resolved the same problem by opening the task manager, click the view tab, then click update speed, then choose HIGH.

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by jose_12650 In reply to CPU maxed out!

Then click REFRESH NOW.

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by adelasierra In reply to CPU maxed out!

In response to the suggestions on how to deal with overdriven cpu on 8200 Dell, the task shows the " system idle process " as using a large amount of resources and the cpu slows down when I open the task manager screen. I have the factory setting for virtual memory and 60 gigs of hard drive space left. I ran Adware from Lavasoft and got rid of a lot of junk, but problem still persists. One of the suggestions was to open up c:\windows\prefetch and empty it out. It has lots of files in it would deleting them cause me trouble? I want to know before I start dumping this stuff Thanks Guys almost there!

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