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CPU Is Always 100% !!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by deepdale11, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. deepdale11

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    Can anybody help me with this??
    My mother in law has has a computer which was on windows 98 but now has windows 2000 pro on it, she has given it to me to find out why it is running very slow! When I click on task manager and performance the cpu is always on 100% does anybody know why it is 100% is that the reason it is running very very slow???

    Regards

    Chris
     
  2. zimbo
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    umm first of all check for viruses and spyware (donwload the trial verison of NOD32) www.nod32.com -REAL GOOD TRUST ME! then find a free spyware tool (try spyware doctor or xoftspy).

    100% could mean not enough ram- how much is in there?
     
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  3. Mathematix

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    What's the CPU speed?
     
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  4. d-Faktor
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    in the same task manager, hit the processes tab, and there you should be able to determine which process is taking up most of your cpu cycles.
     
  5. Luddym

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    If the machine was windows 98, I personally would be worried that it just can't hack it.

    Even if you have the minimum ram specs, the CPU just may be too slow to keep up with just the OS. 8)
     
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  6. zimbo
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    also check the hard drive for the reason it being slow.. it might be heading towards hard drive heaven! :cry:
     
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  7. Jakamoko
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    I tend to find that explorer.exe and/ or winlogon.exe are often at the root of 100% CPU probs (and this could be for many reasons). As advised above, check in the Processes tab of Task Manager to see what's going on in there, and if poss, post a screenshot of that tab, and we'll take a look over it for you :)
     
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  8. deepdale11

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    I have run norton, no problems but what would spyware do to slow it down?? I do beleive windows 2000 pro is to powerful for the computer!
     
  9. zimbo
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    LOL nortons is useless, i have seen it myself, give that antivirus a try and ill help you set it up!
     
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  10. Jakamoko
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    Easy there, Zim, it may be bloated and cumbersome, but it is still a good product after all :)
     
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  11. zimbo
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    Serisouly Gav i have been using nortons since 2002 then when i found nod32 its like a different world! The number of threats nortons doesnt pick up in real time aswell as scanning is scary, infact come of my clients i support beg for nod32 in the end because of nortons poor record.

    did you know NOD32 is the only antivirus with 100% catch in the wild for the last 3 years?
     
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    Is norton that bad??
     
  13. zimbo
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    look everyone has thier own opinion on antiviruses - thats mine, to some people im talking hogwash, from my experience in the corporate enviroment i have seen nortons do more harm than good, just last week its didnt stop a virus from erasing 2 years work in word documents! yet nod came in and cleaned up its mess.

    The thing with nod is that they not marketing alot like symantic and trendmicro etc etc so not alot of people know about it!

    just my pennies worth! 8)
     
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  14. d-Faktor
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    no, it's not, though it's not my fave either. but before you let yourself talk into bying another virusscanner, why don't you try to solve the problem at hand? have you looked at the processes tab as we asked?
     
  15. Jakamoko
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    It's all good, Zim - here's to personal opinion :alc
     
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  16. zimbo
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    i agree.. thats why i said trial -30days with updates! :biggrin im not saying buy it - im just saying what I would do. 8)
     
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    Personaly I have a very poor opinion of Norton these days.

    And NOD32 seems to be getting the accolades at the moment.

    Harry.
     
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    harry have you used it after using nortons?
     
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    Sorry - no. 1) I haven't used Norton for a *long* time - for some years the problems with it seem to have got bigger so I have avoided it. And 2) although I have heard good things about NOD32 I haven't actualy used it yet!

    Harry.
     
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    BTW - on the original posting - one of the very common reasons behind this is a rogue BHO in IE.

    Try and change IE to have it's home page of 'about : blank' and reboot.

    Regards,
    Harry.


    Edit - remove the spaces in about blank above. The board needs to ignore things in quotes for smiley substitution!
     
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