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Windows 7: System heating + 100% CPU Usage

19 Dec 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit

Cool, I just did a clean Install Windows 7 in my laptop yesterday but I will definitely take into account what you have suggested. Thanks again for your help. I will repost soon after I have actioned all the steps.

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19 Dec 2010   #12

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
...Just saw the new snips- firefox, bitdefender and bbimp (whats that?) seem to be the major culprits. You can try alternatives to these apps or at least try reinstall them.
Agree, I noticed firefox was there. It is a great browser but sometimes computers can't handle it as it can hog memory and processing power.

BUT, I noticed in all of those snips, it only managed to capture half of the task manager. You can expand the manager by dragging its bottom out so we can actually see all the resource hogs. For example, here is a pic of mine:

Repost when the CPU is high again. Does it happen when you have a lot of programs open or just when nothing is going on except background services? EDIT* oh and make sure you click "Show processes from all users" at the bottom, you may need to make the task manager full length, I'll post the second image to show what I mean:

Notice I didn't even manage to get everything? Hopefully you will, or post two pics

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24 Dec 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit

Ran the the malwarebytes antimalware suggested by Bill and also did a clean Boot for Windows 7. Nothing seems to be working. The problems to be honest doesn't persist from the moment the laptop is switched on but whenever there is a medium to heavy usage of the system. I notice this in particular when I plug my external drive to put my backed up data into the system. Right now as I type, the memory usage is beautifully showing 6% which is pleasing to the eye.

Could the sudden surge be due to some svchost service running in the background? I see a lot of them btw. I went to services.msc and disabled whatever application I thought was not worth running in my system. Two things I noticed is that the system idle Process shows 95% when the system is using low resources and the tasks always move up and down (For e.g. Firefox which appears number 2 on the Task manager always skips up and down within few seconds. And this happens with most of the applications).

Have included the screenshots of the Task manager with processes running from all users. Thanks again!


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24 Dec 2010   #14

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

So you notice that your computer can run slow, or is it just that you notice the high CPU scores every once in a while? Firefox takes 10% at times it looks like, it can be a resource hog. You still notice it jump up to 100%? Perhaps you should consider nocking down some graphics a few notches: Right click computer, go to properties. On the left side, click Advanced System Settings. On the Advanced Tab, Under Performance, click settings. Adjust the Visual effects to something less but that you still can live with, you might even try and see what you like.

Then go to these tutorials. You don't have to follow everything, but the more you follow, generally the faster your computer can get: Optimize Windows 7 and Startup Programs - Change. I recommend disabling most if not all of these startup programs.

I think your CPU is functioning normally, you may just have a lot going on. I suggest uninstalling programs you don't need, as they may slow down your computer (I have no way of knowing which ones you have, but generally, if you need it, keep it, if not, then don't). I saw a process that was BBImpSec.exe and that took up 1% at the time of the snapshot. I don't have that process, and if you don't need it, find the program it belongs to and uninstall it. But in dealing with the SVChosts: they are part of your system, you need them.

1% may not be a lot, but it adds up, esspecially when you do something that takes a lot of CPU power. If you can, I suggest sticking with internet explorer. Some tests suggest it is a safer browser than firefox, and firefox takes a lot out of your computer from what I can see in your screenshots. Your CPU may go high, but that is okay and normal. After you've done all this and you are still having problems, let us know and we'll see what more we can do

Hope this works for you, I can do some more tweaks for you but it gets deeper into the system and disables things (that most people don't need, but I don't know exactly what you want and need, so it can get tedious). Let me know if you want to go that route.

ALSO, make sure you defragment (Just type in defragment) and use disk cleanup through this tutorial: Disk Cleanup - Open and Use. Delete only things you know you don't need. if you delete anything that says temporary, it is okay cause the system will replace them later. If you don't know what something is, either leave it there or look it up to find out and then decide from there. Hope this all helps ya out bud. If you want to ask what something does, you can make a list right here and someone else or if I'm around would be more than happy to answer those questions.

(Forgive me if I sound really dumbed down, I don't know what your computer experience is like so I'm trying to make it simple for ya )
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24 Dec 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit

I don't mind that one bit. I am a bit of a retard when it comes to computing. I was good when I was a studying. I had a doubt which is getting stronger and stronger and I feel we may have overlooked during the analysis. Correct me if I am wrong.

Can the high CPU usage be because of the laptop fan not functioning properly? I feel, the laptop may not have been reassembled properly when I sent it for service. My logic says, the programs are running in the background and the fan is running faster but something is stopping the fan from rotating freely which is causing the system to overheat (which may also contribute to the system overheat perhaps). Share your thoughts.

Thanks to all of you, I am learning a lot more on computers than ever.
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24 Dec 2010   #16

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

For sure, if your CPU is overheating, it has stops set up that lower its activity so that it can cool down. If your fan isn't rotating, that is a big issue that you should fix. Motherboards can have it set up to where the CPU's usage is decreased incrementally depending on how hot its getting, so a cool CPU would allow you to use it to its max.
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30 Dec 2010   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit

Solved As we had suspected, the fan wasn't rotating as properly. It was due to a lot of dust that had accumulated and settled near the fan. The laptop is working like a dream machine now.

Thanks a lot Sailor. You've had a lot of patience. Much appreciated Sir!

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31 Dec 2010   #18

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Glad to hear it. I should have realized that your CPU is a pretty good one, a pretty fast one in fact. I concentrated on software and not on hardware problems like dust. You have taught me a fine lesson, so I thank you for that. I'd take compressed air and dust the rest of your system (not on the carpet as I'm prone to do lol) also, or just a few good deep breaths (being careful not to breath back in the dust, as I do, once again). cheers, I hope for a long lasting solution to your problem
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