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By dmeisse ·
My system monitor indicates that Kernel usage (CPU ) is always at 100% even if I close all applications and programs except for monitor and explorer. I can only get down to 75% usage. I am running a Dell Pent II 333 with 256 MB RAM and a 20 GB hard drive. My resource mgr says all three are well over 90% free. My system is slow on start up but after that it seems fine, no error messages. Should I be concerned?

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by dmiles In reply to Using system monitor

No,There is no reason to be concerned since system will process slower due to System Monitor functions,the anti-virus and system monitor will be running in the back ground.This is one of the draw backs to running applications in the back ground.

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by dmeisse In reply to Using system monitor

I don't think this is the only answer since my son just got a Dell Pent III with an 800 CPU and it shows less than 20% without turning off any autorun features or antivirus. I turned off all apps including antivirus and all the other features under the Ctrl,Alt, Delete program dialog box except monitor and explorer

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by provodnik In reply to Using system monitor

If you are using Windows 95/98 and can get to 70-75% that would be OK. I would also check for ghost drivers: boot into safe mode, open device manager and check every entry in it to be sure there aren't any. Not every background program running on your compter will show in Task manager window. If CPU is not proceccing anything, it's utilization shouldn't be 100%

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by dmeisse In reply to Using system monitor

In the safe mod everything is turned off but you can't access the monitor to check usage. I can't tell if the problem goes away or not. I am going to get another system tool to validate the results.

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by joeuser In reply to Using system monitor

With all the information provided and to answer the questionL should you be concerned? No.

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by Paul D. Masley In reply to Using system monitor

I am sorry to say, that I have to disagree with the answers provided to you. If your processor is constantly running at the percentage that you stated, it will not live long in this world. It appears that your computer may have a program that is loading in the background and could be possibly caught in a loop. Also, some virus programs can cause this depending on how you set them. If you have a constantly changing screensaver/background (ie: webshots, ect), this can cause processor peaks, but should drop and then rise. Due to your question, I started system monitor to check mine. I am running a PII 350/198meg memory and even with Internet Explorer Started, my processor peaked at 34% and then dropped to an average of about 10%. Find a program (free) on ZDNET.com called TCLOCK. It installs on task bar. It will let you watch your processer/memory usage. With it you can possibly locate the program that is causing your processor loadup when looking through your sys.ini and win.inifiles for and "load" or "start" commands. In your start up box, the only loaded items needed are Explorer and systray. Clean these up, then start loading the programs one by one. Also, change your swap file to a size of 2/2.5 X your memory. With a20 gig hardrive, WIN may have a swapfile that could be enormously large. WIN does not need a swapfile that big. Hope this helps.

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by johnstarkie In reply to Using system monitor

Ctl+alt+del and see what programs are running, with system monitor running close them down one by one and see when cpu usage drops to a sensible level, at least then you will know which background program is causing the problem, possible triggag or pcscm,pcsw depending on your software

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