Blarrgh, within 10 seconds of booting up cpu usage cycling between 30-100%

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Nuts, Apr 4, 2002.

  1. Nuts

    Nuts Guest

    I can't seem to find the culprit but I know I definetly should not be experiencing this under a 1.4ghz system with the things I have running during startup. Can anyone help me? It's totally killing explorer, whatever it is, like trying to run XP on a 300mhz system with 64megs ram, not a 1.4ghz system with 512megs ram.
  2. gothic

    gothic LinuXPert

    Cornwall Nr. England
    Can you give us a clue as to what applications / tools you have running at startup or automatically, like antivirus, firewalls etc. please

  3. Nuts

    Nuts Guest

    I'd like to take a screen shot of the task manager, but I'm not entirely certain how to go about doing that in xp, I know that in old windows you could simply do a printscreen and paste the result into mspaint, but xp doesn't have mspaint so I'm not sure how to do this.
  4. firehawk

    firehawk OSNN Addict

    It works the same way in XP. Paint is under accessories.
  5. Nuts

    Nuts Guest

    one thing I just noticed is that the biggest spikes, ie up to 100% usage are coming when I initially open a webpage or microsoft outlook. When I do either of these actions the usage spikes to 100% for a short time, then goes back to alternating between 0 and 30% usage with a bare minimum of things running. (I did get rid of some spyware/ hack program that had installed itself on me computer and that god rid of some of the slowdowns)

    ok it also seems to be involved with anythign that actively access the network/internet. ie., incoming im messages, even w/in the same window cause the spike, as do sending said im messages, ie, each message w/in one window.
  6. andre9540

    andre9540 Guest

    you might have proccesor schelduling set wrong
  7. Nuts

    Nuts Guest

    not under mine, I installed the plus pack awhile back and now all that stuff is gone for some reason
    whats the name of the mspaint .exe file so I can search for it?
  8. Nuts

    Nuts Guest

    yeah the thing is this just started happening recently, like yesterday and I haven't had this particular problem in the past several monthes of running xp. I tried going back to a system restore point in case something had been installed w/o my knowledge or some shit but that doesn't appear to help
  9. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

    the year 2525
    mspaint.exe in system32
  10. Nuts

    Nuts Guest

    don't appear to have mspaint.exe anywhere on my system
  11. Nuts

    Nuts Guest

    well when I open something like outlook or ie, vsmon is responsible for the 100% cpu utilization
  12. Deszaras

    Deszaras Guest

    That would be Zone Alarm firewall.
  13. Nuts

    Nuts Guest

    yeah checked that out, but again, it never bleedin well used to do that, and my system still fancies cycling erratically through cpu usages.