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Windows 7: High CPU Usage (100%)

21 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
High CPU Usage (100%)

I've read thru some old threads on this but haven't solved my issue as yet. My netbook will bog down horribly. Rebooting clears things up - but only temporarily.

This is a Toshiba NB505 Netbook running Windows 7 Starter 32-bit.

Below are screen shots of task manager and msconfig.

Can anyone help?







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21 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

What version of Firefox are you running? It shows 50% CPU in your screen shot. Try disabling AddOns one by one. See if the usage drops to normal.

If you sort on the CPU column to get the high number at the top, that should be the culprit or one of them.
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21 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Firefox 17.0

There was a google update plugin that I had. I disabled that. Looks better! Maybe that was it. I'll post back once i know.

BTW why doesn't the cpu numbers under processes add up to 100% (or whatever % is being used at that moment)?
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22 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

They list "Idle" as a process but it's really just a No Operation the computer does to keep from losing its mind. If you add Idle and all the others it should always total 100%.

edit: otoh I guess there's a setting to "show processes from all users" in Task Manager. If it's not enabled then it may only show your processes and services. Just google terms: Windows Seven Task Manager ... and you'll get a bunch of hits with various aspects covered.

Also you can get free 3rd party Task Managers. One I like is DTaskManager
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22 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Thanks Miles. Now I see everything. Wow yeah "Idle" uses a lot of resources doesn't it.

My firefox is still using 54%. It's the only app I have launched. I have one plugin left - shockwave flash - suppose I can try deleting that next.
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22 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scoostraw View Post
Thanks Miles. Now I see everything. Wow yeah "Idle" uses a lot of resources doesn't it.
They probably should have named it "Free" or "Unused" because it generates a lot of "why is idle using 99% CPU" when of course it's not used. It's idle.. as in unused.

Kind of like "where is the ANY KEY?" in the old Dos days. You might have to look that up on Wiki if you're not an old timer.

I would try downloading Firefox Portable. Run than and see if it's a lot better.
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