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cpu usage high? freezes (mouse), scratchy sound?

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March 11, 2007 11:22:53 PM

cpu usage high? freezes (mouse), scratchy sound?
basically my problem is , i thought it went away since i reinstalled a fresh windows
and started using windows media player instead of the buggy itunes
not all the time
sometimes my mouse freezes up, and my cpu usage jumps really high
also my sound becomes very crackily
can anyone help
this is a custom built comp
March 12, 2007 11:43:49 PM

Mainboard : ECS P4M800PRO-M
Chipset : Standard Host Bridge
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 1866 MHz
Physical Memory : 2048 MB (2 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : Nvidia Corp GeForce 6200
Hard Disk : WDC (160 GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : SONY DVD RW DRU-830A
DVD-Rom Drive : GI1705S MIP608W SCSI CdRom Device
Monitor Type : ViewSonic VG2030wm - 20 inchs
Network Card : Atheros Communications Inc Atheros Communications Inc
Network Card : VT82C570 MV IDE Controller VT6102 Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.01.2600 Service Pack 2
DirectX : Version 9.0c
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March 13, 2007 12:19:13 AM

Mainboard : ECS P4M800PRO-M

Unfortunately, you've got a fancy new CPU on a low-end board with a low-end chipset, originally not even designed for the Core2Duo CPUs (make sure you have Version 2!). Make sure you have the latest VIA chipset drivers installed. Also, open up the Windows Task Manager (e.g. by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del) and have it display the 2nd tab (Processes?), where the % of CPU use is listed for every process. Next time the weirdness happens, look at this least and see if you can spot which process is taking up all the CPU time.
March 13, 2007 12:44:02 AM

how do i do this
"(make sure you have Version 2!). Make sure you have the latest VIA chipset drivers installed"
March 13, 2007 12:47:49 AM

When you boot, go into BIOS. It will list all that information on one of the screens. Then go to ECS and compare the latest for your MB, and most of the time it tells you why they made the changes.
March 13, 2007 1:26:22 AM

how do i do this
"(make sure you have Version 2!). Make sure you have the latest VIA chipset drivers installed"

Unfortunately, this info will likely not be in the BIOS. For the version, on the MB right next to the memory slots will be the motherboard name and version, as seen here:

For the latest VIA chipset drivers, if you used the drivers on the CD that came with the MB, they are probably not the latest. You should be able to download the latest from the ECS website (should be arranged by motherboard model) or from the VIA website.

Did you build the computer yourself? If not, the driver updating may be better left to someone with more computer experience.
March 13, 2007 2:37:42 AM

yea i made this
i did what you guys suggested
and i am still getting the problem
March 13, 2007 2:46:03 AM

ok so i have seen taskmgr.exe jump to ten
limewire has jumpped to 27 but its not the problem it has happend when limewire is closed
system idle is always 75 percent of above
limewire is usually below 15 not much higher if iut goes over
everything else stays under 5percent
i honestly have no clue
but i see my cpu usage jump to 70 percent in performance
while my processes dont show whats causing the mess

comp freezes for like 1-3 seconds
not sure why
im pretty sure i installed all the drivers
some dont have the verisign or whateverr
March 13, 2007 5:32:38 AM

why is limewire bad
is the following bad or good
"Democracy. The only video player you need."

i saw it and it seems good...
also i was wondering what a good safe torrent
i had azerues
but im pretty sure azerues was creating many more problems on my comp
man this problem is annoying
i cant even figure out the problem
March 13, 2007 6:04:19 AM

sounds like a broken stereo its so bad
also the freezing hasnt stopped
ive seen the windows media player spike to 27 percent
not using limewire
i have no virus......
i ended any proccesses that ccould be bad
March 13, 2007 6:05:07 AM

btw when i exit media player
then open it
the music quality gets a lot better
March 13, 2007 8:10:13 PM

You may be better off with a decent motherboard that uses an Intel or nVidia chipset.
March 13, 2007 11:29:44 PM

SO your best advice
is by a new motherboard?
theres no fix?
no other problems?
March 14, 2007 10:56:18 PM

you don't think it might
be fixed by a sound card?
if not
which motherboard would you recommend
i would like to get one thats not too expensive
is 105 f temp too high for my system
my cpu is 95 f ?
lastly i was thinking this might be a direct x thing
or power supply
March 14, 2007 11:59:34 PM

What is your PSU?
I always supsect ECS MB. Good when they work, but it's a crapshoot
March 15, 2007 12:41:45 AM

i got a psu
thats included
with antec sonata II
........ hmm
this is so annoying i fixed like all possible settings...>>>
took of limewire ..........
still cracklyyy
ahhh what shall i do,
but my mouse hasnt freezed up in a while
so thats good
just my sound is still crackly

any suggestions on a good inexpensive mb
March 15, 2007 5:47:26 AM

How much are you planning on spending? Hard to find anything decent under $100, 2 that are around that price are a Biostar and the MSI Neo. Lots of bad reveiws on those so... Hope not I have the MSI MB myself, ready to install.
March 15, 2007 7:01:06 AM

What speed of memory are you using? I know the board is a microATX as are both of the replacement choices. I think I would choose the Asus but they are spec'ed so close together... Buy the best deal. Will the sound card work with no mouse? What does the devices screen in the control panel tell you? Any yellow ? or ! there?