Here's the specs: AMD Thunderbird 1ghz 256mb RAM Maxtor 80gb HDD No clue on mainboard/CDroms (isn't located at my house) Running WinXP Pro Problem: On a fresh boot, while idle, the CPU usage is above 60% at all times. Never goes below 60% usage, even though it states that idle process is at 90-99% all the time. While in safe mode, it's at a normal 1-9% during idle, but on a normal boot it never goes below that. Kills playing anything on that box and makes everything slow to a crawl at all times. I've gone through everything I knew off hand. I checked services, I checked startup, we did two recoveries, uninstalled all installed programs, removed/reapplied all critical updates, tried several different driver sets. None of that worked. It DOES NOT do this in safe mode. I'm assuming if it doesn't do it in safe mode, it is a driver or installed app issue, but we've removed everything that was installed, removed updates, ran a deep registry repair, and done a repair using XP setup. Any suggestions? The box is not overclocked, AFAIK it is not damaged, the HDD is new and has been working fine.