CPU 100% Usage

  Greengage 12:50 01 Jan 05
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I have read the archive threads but I remain stumped as to why I have 100%usage. I have just put together a "new" PC with new hard drive (80Gb Maxtor 7200rpm), new motherboard and CPU, new sound card, old graphics card (nVidia Prophet II 440 with up-to-date drivers)with new ancillary drives etc. together with wireless adapter. I have stopped all running programs apart from Explorer and I am still getting readings of 100% usage. Also, my hard drive is not performing as it should and PC Pitstop states 27% and hints that I have an older, slower drive. Aida 32 will not show any sensor readings ie temperatures and fan but BIOS does. Running Win98SE. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

  steven_frost 13:00 01 Jan 05

How much memory are you using on your system

  Greengage 13:26 01 Jan 05

512mb. Sorry I should have mentioned that!

  steven_frost 14:34 01 Jan 05

do you use a virus scanner at all or have microsoft office installed

  Dan the Confused 14:42 01 Jan 05

See if Process Explorer click here can help you identify it.

  Greengage 15:19 01 Jan 05

I use AVG 9 and Zone Alarm (and these were both disabled when I still got the 100% usage figure). Yes, I use Office 2000 but this is not in the start up menu. Am now downloading Process Explorer. Thanks.

  Greengage 15:22 01 Jan 05

System Idle Process is showing 97% - what does this mean please?

  Dan the Confused 15:31 01 Jan 05

It means the program is reporting your CPU is only running at 3% usage. There is a system tray icon and running graph that will show a graphical representation. Running processes will show their CPU usage individually.

  Greengage 15:35 01 Jan 05

Does this mean that I can ignore the 100% usage figure that is being portrayed by Aida32 and PC Pitstop? If so, why is it showing this figure?

  Dan the Confused 15:40 01 Jan 05

I don't know, but Microsoft even use this software for some of their Knowledge Base articles (see link). Does the computer actually seem slow at all?

  Greengage 18:17 01 Jan 05

Sorry for delay in returning. The PC is not slow as such but tends to hesitate now and again.

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