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Experiencing horrible CPU performance

By xtimmmyx ยท 10 replies
Jul 12, 2006
  1. When i select to view kernels, my cpu usage is usually displayed half red. I also have noticed(that since it started doing this) horrible performance from my CPU. Its actually so bad that i ant even run rise of nations, and most people should know thats not that much of a hardware demanding game. Im running a Pentium 4 (non HT) running at 2.4 Ghz with 768 mb of RAM. If anyone has any ideas i would greatly appreciate some help.
  2. pcaceit

    pcaceit TS Rookie Posts: 315

    When you view processes is there any particular entry in the cpu column that is constantly high (apart from "system idle process"), if there is what is the image,user name and mem usage?
  3. xtimmmyx

    xtimmmyx TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

    umm, it depends on what program i am running. If i am running Firefox, then thats it, or if its UT2004, then its that one.
  4. pcaceit

    pcaceit TS Rookie Posts: 315

    Perform a full system maintainance as discribed in the stickies. The kernel view should almost mirror the cpu usage. it does not seem as if your processes are excessive so hopefully a full maintanance check will speed you up again, view similar posts on techspot with similar problem.
  5. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    It's quite normal for games to be taking up most of your CPU cycles. As for Firefox, maybe you load up pages with lots of flash applets on it which is known to slow down quite a few machines.
  6. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    ^ Doesn't firefox also have a random memory leak issue that hasn't been fixed yet?
  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Yes, it does. I'm currently using it, and it is using 51MB of RAM and growing.
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    download freeram pro XP. It will automatically free up leaked and unused memory.
  9. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    YOu can also clean up your temp files, cookies and other such files. I happen to use one called "internet sweeper pro", which is likely not all that common, but seems to work for me, although i am not a gamer.

    Im not sure exactly where you are checking your processes, and, if you arent, you might want to run windows task mgr (ctrl-alt-delete) and see what processes are listed under cpu that might be causing the problem.
    Excuse me if you are already using task mgr.
  10. xtimmmyx

    xtimmmyx TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29


    can you give me a link to the full system maintainance sticky? im having severe trouble finding it.
  11. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Posts: 425

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