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win xp: cpu usage goes 100%

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by alastair84, 25 Feb 2006.

  1. alastair84

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Aug 2003

    Posts: 1,114

    Location: Portsmouth

    i'm using xp pro, and maybe after opening a few browsers and also a div x file on media player at the same time, and all of a sudden, the comp goes real slow.
    I open task manager to find that either explorer.exe or idle processes is using all the CPU.
    I can obviously close the explorer process, and the CPU usage goes right down. But after making another explorer process, it goes back to hogging the CPU again.

    Any suggestions?
    my comp is a barton 2500 + 1g ram.
  2. Simmy

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    Joined: 26 Dec 2003

    Posts: 2,234

    Location: Bristol

    Start with the obvious stuff like virus scan and scan with adaware, spybot s&d, spyware doctor. Look in msconfig to make sure nothing dodgy is loading at startup.

    Download and run hijack this and post up your log :)
    Last edited: 25 Feb 2006
  3. Mattus


    Joined: 30 Sep 2003

    Posts: 10,916

    Location: London

    System Idle Process should be using most of your CPU. A CPU can't just do nothing, so SIP is a kind of token process which runs when your CPU has nothing else to do.