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VERY low CPU usage

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March 13, 2009 7:47:09 AM

im no computer genius, not by a long shot

but my computer usage is always below 10% usually around 3%

as you can guess; this is tediously slow,

and ideas, of what to do??

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a b à CPUs
March 13, 2009 9:20:35 AM


Slow doing what?
Using what software?
And what hardware?
March 13, 2009 10:08:13 AM

dss_pinkpanther said:
im no computer genius, not by a long shot

I noticed :kaola: 

Your cpu usage is low because your not doing anything to make your computer work hard. Low cpu usage shows your pc is able to run your programs easily.

If you run task manager while doing something taxing (for the pc that is) such as rendering video or playing games, you will see your cpu usage shoot up.
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March 13, 2009 10:13:31 AM

dss, you are getting confused with the difference between speed and CPU utilization (or usage).

This is a simplistic analogy but: Imagine an 8 passenger mini-van. How fast it goes is "speed". How many passengers it carries while going that speed is "utilization". If all it has is a driver, its utilization is 12%. If you have 6 passengers - 7 people total, it is more heavily loaded and its utilization is 87% of capacity.

Back to CPU's: most applications do not stress the CPU that much. Your CPU normally spends a lot of time waiting for input from you.

March 13, 2009 10:26:25 AM

thanks guys

you rock !!!! !! !! !!

the reason i was asking is because my computer is RIDICULOUSLY slow and nothing can pick up any sign of spyware or virus, nothing?!

my folks lost the details about the computer, maybe its just meant to go slow.... ;) 
March 13, 2009 10:28:49 AM

ps. i like the bus analysis!!

its really helped! :D