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Old 11-09-2007, 06:17 PM   #1
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For about a week now i have been having serious performance issues. Even when i am doing very little on my computer such as using just word, my mouse will move sluggishly and the system for a few seconds will partially lock up and then its fine. I put task manager in the bottom bar so i can monitor my cpu and as i thought, when the system goes sluggish, my cpu is spiking all the way up to 90-100% use and then drops to normal. Have never had these kind of issues before and have been running this same set up for some time now. I ran a couple virus scans, spyware scans, smitfraud fix, chkdsk on the hd, ran windows update, defragmented the hd and still am having this same issue. Is there anything i can get that will tell me exactly what is spiking the system and when? Or is there something else i can do to help this issue. My computer set up is:
Abit KD7A Mobo, Amd 3200+, 1gig Kingston Ram, Lite-on Dvd rw, Lite-On Cd-Rom, Samsung 160 gig Boot drive, 40 gig Wester digital Backup. I am running Windows Xp Sp2, Have Mcafee Security center firewall running, active virus shield running.
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Old 11-10-2007, 09:54 AM   #2
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When the system goes sluggish open task manager and go to the performance tab. Then click on CPU on the list above the processes. This will list which processes are using the most CPU at that moment. If it does not show the highest CPU user at the top click CPU again to bring the highest resource hog to the top. Also check the show processes from all users checkbox so you can see everything that's running.

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I'm not 100% but it seems to only happen when i have itunes in the background. Itunes appears to be the program that spikes my cpu, even when not in use and just in the background
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Well, you could go to Start > Run and type "msconfig" w/o quotes and then go to the startup tab and uncheck Itunes or Ituneshelper. This will stop ITunes from loading on startup.

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