Weird issue with system performance

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Hi,
My computer's processor utilization keep shooting up every 10 seconds. The
key program taking the resources is the "System Idle Process". I've scanned
the machine for spyware, virus, etc - never found anything wrong with it.
I've defragmented it, and have plenty of RAM (1 gig).... This is driving me
crazy, and I cannot pinpoint what's wrong with it.

Help is appreciate.
Cheers,
Javier
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    System Idle Process is the time it's doing nothing.

    100%=<all programs percentage> + <System Idle Process>

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    "Javier" <jbastante@gmail.com> wrote in message news:14F36905-60DC-45E9-BF72-398E797BCA2D@microsoft.com...
    > Hi,
    > My computer's processor utilization keep shooting up every 10 seconds. The
    > key program taking the resources is the "System Idle Process". I've scanned
    > the machine for spyware, virus, etc - never found anything wrong with it.
    > I've defragmented it, and have plenty of RAM (1 gig).... This is driving me
    > crazy, and I cannot pinpoint what's wrong with it.
    >
    > Help is appreciate.
    > Cheers,
    > Javier
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Javier <jbastante@gmail.com> wrote:

    >Hi,
    >My computer's processor utilization keep shooting up every 10 seconds. The
    >key program taking the resources is the "System Idle Process". I've scanned
    >the machine for spyware, virus, etc - never found anything wrong with it.
    >I've defragmented it, and have plenty of RAM (1 gig).... This is driving me
    >crazy, and I cannot pinpoint what's wrong with it.
    >

    System Idle time is not included in the processor utilization reported
    on the performance tab.

    Something else is causing the spikes in your processor usage.

    Launch the Task Manager and go to the Process tab.
    Click twice on the CPU column header to sort the list in descending
    order by CPU usage.
    Watch the list for several minutes - the items will change as various
    tasks change their actual CPU usage. Your culprit should show up at
    the top of the list, supplanting the System Idle process which is
    usually at the top.

    As David Candy explained, the System Idle process is dummy entry that
    is put in there so that total of the process list adds up to 100%.

    Good luck

    Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
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    Microsoft MVP
    On-Line Help Computer Service
    http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

    In memory of a dear friend Alex Nichol MVP
    http://aumha.org/alex.htm
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