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Windows 7: CPU Maxed playing Freecell, Spider, or Minesweeper


14 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
CPU Maxed playing Freecell, Spider, or Minesweeper

Hi all!

I'm having a very perplexing problem with my system. As I mantioned in the title, when I play Freecell, Spider or Minesweeper, I see the CPU usage go way up and the game becomes very slow in responding. I am running a CPU meeter and it sometimes goes all the way to 100% usage.

I find this hard to believe since I have a dual core Q6400, a GeForce 8800GTS, and 3GB RAM. Also I can play Oblivion with fairly high settings without any performance problems.

I'm at a bit of a loss on how to troubleshoot this one. Any suggestions?

Oh, forgot to mention that I have been having this problem for a while and it seems to be getting worse. I've been upgrading my video card drivers in an attempt to fix things, but to no avail.

Any help is appreciated! TIA!

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14 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Can you please post a screenshot of your task manager when you have Minesweeper open (the processes tab)?
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14 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Here's a shot of task manager and minesweeper open at the same time. This is right after opening minesweeper when it's doing the opening animation. (The CPU doesn't stay at high usage, it does go down if I'm not doing anything with the game, but when I begin to play it san spike up.)


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14 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

It looks like you have a lot of things running at once, some of which you might not even need. Please follow these steps :

Click Start
Type "msconfig", hit enter
Click the startup tab
Go through this list and UNCHECK anything you don't NEED to start at bootup (i.e. leave any antivirus/spyware checked)
Restart the computer

Before opening anything else, run Minesweeper.
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14 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I can give that a try.

It's really odd that other programs don't see the same problems. Only those games.
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12 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
I'm seeing exactly the same issue

Although on a slower machine, a Toshiba R100. Before starting these games I see a warning saying that graphics acceleration is not enabled [the R100 doesn't have accelerated graphics] and to expect slow performance. That's fine, but maxing out CPU at 100% for minutes at a time is not just slow, it's ridiculous. The XP versions worked fine on machines that were less powerful than this one. A weird Windows 7 bug.
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12 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Try turning off Folding @ Home.
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