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What's wrong with my processor?

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August 7, 2009 11:45:19 AM

So, my processor is by no means fancy, I bought it 4 years ago, and it's a Pentium D. It's a 3Ghz Dual Core. However, lately it's had VERY bad performance. And by this I mean with absolutely everything closed, my processor running at 30% usage.

What's going on? Have I fried it?

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August 7, 2009 12:00:45 PM

Look at what's using that 30% in taskmanager
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August 7, 2009 12:09:50 PM

It's the 'System Idle Process' that's taking all the juice.
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August 7, 2009 12:15:21 PM

System idle process is something else. Doesn't matter. Check again
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August 7, 2009 12:20:08 PM

Hm, well I'm not sure now. I restarted my computer, and it's back to running at 1% at idle, but I've seen it do 30+% at idle many times, so it must be something that doesn't trigger on start up. I'll have to look after my PCs been on for a while I guess.
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August 7, 2009 12:29:10 PM

Anyway, the idea is that the CPU is ok.
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August 7, 2009 12:32:37 PM

Yeah, it's good to know. =)

I've been doing live streams of games a lot lately, which is really hard on the processor, and I've been doing like 10 hours a day lately, and Pentium D runs reallllly hot (or I just fail at proper cooling :p ) so I was worried I might've damaged it.

Heh, still, can't wait to get my hands on an i7 system, saving for it now.

Thanks for all the help everyone, I appreciate it.

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August 7, 2009 12:35:37 PM

Download process explorer, it breaks it down much better, gives you a better idea of whats using those cycles
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August 7, 2009 12:43:11 PM

All Pentium D are running really hot. If your Cpu will get too hot, your system will shut down.
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