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CPU running at 100% all the time

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May 4, 2003 8:20:58 PM

I just built a custom computer and after installing most of the basic software everything was running fine... had let it set for a couple of days while waiting on the new CD key for ACAD and now when trying to install it is TOTALLY bogged down. When opening the task manager it shows the CPU to be running at 100% all the time, not 99, not 98 ever... no matter what I try to run or turn off it never drops below 100% (until I power down it drops 100->45->15->0). Obviously something is wrong there, and nothing has been installed aside from Win 2k Pro, latest Win update online, Nero, & Adobe.
I am wondering if this might be a hardware issue with the CPU itself, when I recieved it (from Newegg.com) it had a single bent pin (3rd or 4th from bottom corner from pin 1). I use to work for Motorola building circuit boards so it did not bother me to bend it back myself, knowing proper ESD proceedures, and like i said had no problems with it the 1st few days.

Just curious if anyone would have any input on this situation.
Here is a list of hardware:
Intel 2.4GHz 533M 478pin cpu
Aopen AX4GRPRO 845G mb
512MB DDR PC2100
WD 40GB HD
ASUS CD, & ASUS CDR/W

Any sugestions would be much appreciated.
Thanks,
Chad.

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May 4, 2003 8:53:25 PM

Ok, there could be a lot of reasons for this... All of which are likely software related.

One of the more likely is a virus that's been making the rounds for a couple of weeks now and please forgive the naughty words below...

Look in your startups either in MSConfig or Regedit for "fuckyou.exe" or "fornicate.exe"... both are viruses that slag the daylights out of a CPU.

The actual EXE file will be sitting either in a hidden directory under your windows Temp directory or as a hidden file in the windows System directory.

Take it out of your startups and delete the EXE to clean your system.


If it's not that... well, sorry I wasted your time :smile:



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May 4, 2003 8:55:43 PM

Can't u just go to the task manager and look at what process is eating the CPU?

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May 4, 2003 9:14:56 PM

Yes he can probably see it in TaskMan. But then the problem is what to do about it... which is why I thought to warn him about this virus.


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May 4, 2003 9:23:14 PM

I doubt it's a virus. As he said he hasn't installed enough software to get a virus and he obviously knows about windows update. My money is on the Adobe license manager, but until we know the process name, it's useless guessing on what it is.

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May 5, 2003 12:46:22 AM

go to start>Run type msconfig enter then see what you have starting up with windows. disable everything.

Treat your body like a $600 car. God didn't intend it to last so use it. Run it into the ground!
May 5, 2003 1:08:40 AM

"msconfig" is not included in win2k. You would have to go into Control Pannel/Administrative Tools/Services to see what's running and disable them. Not wise to do.

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May 5, 2003 1:09:01 AM

Win 2000 does not have a msconfig utility.
You'll have to downlaod a ripped XP copy and place it in the windows directory.
Just get a tool called regcleaner if you want to do things like that anyway.
As for the cpu usage. Try do what others have touched on , open up task mananger and see what's hogging the cpu.
If it's not a critical process then disable it on start up and see how you go...
Good Luck
May 5, 2003 1:13:49 AM

Ha. A minute late but on time with the info....

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May 5, 2003 1:19:45 AM

Heh
great minds...
May 5, 2003 1:42:58 AM

ahh windows 2000 haha nevermind then. windows xp is as cheap as a free file sharing program.

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May 5, 2003 3:18:48 AM

You can get an MSCONFIG that works just fine on win2k, right here:
<A HREF="http://www.thetechguide.com/downloads.html" target="_new">http://www.thetechguide.com/downloads.html&lt;/A> (Last item on the list)

Or if you only care about startups...
<A HREF="http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml" target="_new">http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml&lt;/A>


and BTW... disabling unneeded services can be a real performance booster in both win2k and XP... Instructions here:
<A HREF="http://snakefoot.fateback.com/tweak/winnt/services.html" target="_new">http://snakefoot.fateback.com/tweak/winnt/services.html...;/A>



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May 5, 2003 3:20:38 AM

Ok, maybe it's not a virus... but now the information is out there.

I've cleaned it out of a half dozen machines lately... best I can tell it's installed from a group of webpages advertising free software.


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