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CPU utilization is contantly high

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May 7, 2003 3:08:22 AM

All of a sudden my computer is as slow as molasses. When it should be idleing, it has a 30%-50% cpu utilization. I reformated/reinstalled windows XP, and that didn't solve the problem. It's a 1gz athlon with 512 meg memory.

Any ideas on what could cause the problem? I'm wondering if it could be hardware related, since the problem appears right after a reinstall.


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May 7, 2003 1:04:38 PM

look at the task manager to see what is using the CPU

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
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May 8, 2003 1:03:48 AM

Check the bus master on your ide controller.


The "Current transfer mode" should be one of the DMA's.

Solution: Try reinstalling XP on clean install (eeek)or use "Intel Application Accelerator", I spent >4 hours last night with a minor disaster and I used it to get the CPU utilisation down. I had high CPU utilisation when heaps was happening on the desktop and it was caused by disk usage.

*Do not modify registry settings on XP unless you know a way to restore it.
May 8, 2003 12:45:51 PM


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