CPU going crazy

By AtK SpAdE
Nov 22, 2004
  1. For some reason when i booted up just a minute ago my CPU seemed like it was alot louder. Now it wont shut up, even if i am just at my desktop it is running at 30-70% according to the task manager. Any idea what it may be?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello Sean.

    CPUs don`t make a sound themselves only the fan that is attatched to them.

    Other things that make a noise in you computer are case fans hard drives cd/dvd drives and the psu fan or fans.

    The amount of cpu usage even though you are just sitting at your desktop depends on what processes are actually running on your system.

    If you take a look at the running processes in the task manager then you will be able to see what is actually running.

    Have you got a lot of icons in your system tray?

    If so you can usually close them down(if you don`t need them) by right clicking and selecting exit.

    If you would like to know what your cpu temperature is you can always down load MBM5(motherboard monitor 5) from

    Also there is a programme call cpuidle that will actually cool your cpu it does this by shutting down parts of your cpu that are not needed it`s a fantastic little programme.

    You can get cpuidle from

    Regards Howard :grinthumb

    Ps be sure to install mbm5 before cpuidle cause cpuidle requires mbm5 to be already running on your system.
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,495

    Thanks Howard for the tip, yea i took a second look at the task manager and clearly there was a program that was causing the lag. Not sure what is was, only that i have never seen it there before. Got to do a little more investigating to find out what it was. As far as cpuidle and mbm, i run them both all the time.

  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Ok Sean.

    When you find out what it was as I`m sure you will, would you please let me know?

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  5. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,495

    Found the culprit

    I did a quick reboot figuring the program might show itself agian, and sure enough it did. The task manager said viewpoint.exe. I check my control panel and sure enough i have some program called viewpoint that was updating itself, thus causing my lag. I have never used viewpoint (at least i dont think) and it says it is a program used to view media. Does anyone know if it would be a problem if i got rid of it? I would rather not have to deal with it everytime i boot up

  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hi Sean.

    If you don`t use it uninstall it, or you could go into msconfig and stop it from running on startup.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,495

    I am one step ahead of you there. Bye Bye Viewpoint
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Ok Sean.

    I`m pleased that you`ve sorted you problem out.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  9. i_need_answers

    i_need_answers TS Rookie Posts: 76

    umm can u help me

    hi how do you get into msconfig i've been wanting to remove some programs from launching at startup thanks.
  10. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    In Windows 98/ME/XP, Start Menu -> Run -> msconfig
    It is not available out of the box on Windows 2000.
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