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User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1425 times:

Hi guys. I have this wierd computer problem. Whenever I start my computer, i always get my CPU usage at 100% and the computer is VERY slow. A simple restart usually fixes the problem, but I'd like to get rid of it for good. I run a 2.53GHz Sony Vaio with 512 MB of memory, Windows XP Service Pack 1, and Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 2. Anyone know how to fix it and/or what it is?


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User currently offlineMAS A330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Leave your computer on forever

User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

I don't think you have enough RAM. I have a similar problem but it happens all the time, and I got a 2.0 Ghz Celeron chip w/256MB RAM in a laptop and I need to upgrade.


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User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

Only one solution with this OS of my ass:

- format c:
- reinstall


User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6057 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1327 times:

It's not the RAM, I ran Win2k Pro with a single stick of 128 MB DDR RAM, since the other RAM slots apparently had been toasted (ie. I got error beeps when I inserted RAM blocks into the slots).

Which is why I've just shelled out 800$ for a new motherboard & a new (and faster) CPU.


User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1318 times:

Guys I have 512 MB of RAM. It just started doing this a couple of weeks ago, so I don't have to reformat.

User currently offlineKorg747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 549 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

Press ctrl+alt+delete. The windows task manager should open. Go to processes and look at the CPU part. Then let me know what files OTHER THAN SYSTEM IDLE PROCESS using more than 00% of your CPU.

Let me know if you find it.

[Edited 2003-11-22 18:20:10]


Please excuse my English!
User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

taskmgr.exe (not all the time and obviously the Manager itself)
pow.exe (not all the time, my popup blocker)
aim.exe (not all the time, my instant messanger)
System (al the time)
civc.exe (all the time, a SYSTEM function)
services.exe (all the time, SYSTEM)
svchost.exe (all the time, SYSTEM)
FreeRAM XP Pro Version 1.40 (not all the time, my RAM freer)


User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6057 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

With XP & Win2k you don't need a RAM freer, since Windows has learned to do it on its own.

User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

Well it seems it hasn't in the US. When playing a game I can be down to 38 MB of RAM.

User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1246 times:

Korg747! What happened to you?!

User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1215 times:

Can you really ever have too much RAM?

User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1206 times:

Nope.

User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1208 times:

"Can you really ever have too much RAM?"

"Nope."

Actually, I heard yes... But, I don't recall the reasons.

I've been enduring computer woes, as well. Mine will become "stuck" every so often. Seems to follow a regular cycle. I've reformatted HD (3x); Changed modems and cables; Checked all wiring and connections... It's not my ISP. I don't think it even has anythig to do with the internet because I've now noticed this problem even when I'm not online. I'm wondering if it's the motherboard and/or proccessor; Video card(?) or even the power supply. Someone told me irregular power flow can disrupt the computer's ability to process info. Everything is plugged into surge protectors and UPS, though.
I don't want to spend money on this thing cuz I already spent large to purchase it just two years ago..... But... Sometimes, I just wanna put my foot through the damn thing.

a.w.


User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1456 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

Some memory manager programs and cpu coolers can create the illusion that they are hogging up space, unless you realy notice your system bogging down, you don't have to worry about the numbers.

covert



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