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Non-active processes?

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Jayce

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#1
Hi Everyone,
Great forum. I've searched before asking this, but if it's an FAQ I hope you'll be kind to a newbie.

At the moment I'm trying to capture video using a Pinnacle PCTV card. Up until recently this operated fine, but it stopped working for some reason. Using the supplied software with the card I can capture in VCD format, but the quality isn't very good. But when I try to capture using another app (eg iuVCR which used to work fine), I drop frames in big groups.

This seemed to be spikes in the CPU usage, so I CTRL-ALT-DEL'd it and check the active processes (all programs were closed). The only processes that were active were taskmngr which used a very small amount of CPU, the vidcap application and something called "Non-Active Processes" (or maybe inactive, this is translated from Dutch).

The Non-Active Processes were using a lot of CPU power, and when they peaked every few seconds, that's when the frames were dropped. When I checked why I wasn't losing frames with Pinnacles software, it seemed that the Pinnacle ware was 'taking priority' from the Non- Active Processes, but all other vidcap software less powerful than the processes.

When I try to shut down the processes, XP tells me that this can be done. Does anybody have any idea what these processes are, and how I can get rid of them? I even tried re-installing the OS, and re-formatting the HD (!), and it still happens.

Can anybody help? Thanks very much in advance.




Specs:

Windows XP Home (Dutch)
PIV 1.7g
256mb SDRAM
Acer CDRW
Samsung DVD RAM/R
Realtek NIC
56k Modem
Logitech webcam
 
S

Skwowwy

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#3
Heh, don't worry about that. That's normal in XP.

It's "System Idle Process", by the way. It's mainly for cooling the CPU when the system is idle. ;)

Nothing to worry about. It'll disable itself automatically when the CPU is busy with something else. So the reason why capturing gets a bit sloppy is something else. Maybe incompatibility?
 

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